The Eunice Depot Museum
The Eunice Museum is located on 220 South C.C. Duson Drive. The building is the site of the Birthplace of Eunice. In 1893-1894, This is where C.C. Duson sold here, the first land sites and named the town for his wife, Eunice. The conversion of this old depot into a museum was completed in 1984. Open house was held July 1984 and the formal dedication took place February 15, 1985.
The museum has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Collections include: Cajun Music, Old Toys, Railroad Items, History of Cajun Mardi Gras, Pioneer Farming, LA Indian Life, History of Newspaper, Caboose, Loom & Spinning Wheel ( weaving can be done by interested persons), Video Tapes, Cajun Life, Etc., Traveling Exhibits, Craft Workshops. Items for sale at the museum include: Cajun and Zydeco music, souvenirs and Cajun Crafts. A roof covered picnic table is available for your convenience at any time.
Mixed with rotating displays, showing Cajun art and craft work
admission is free
For more information call
(337) 457-6540 or (337) 457-2565
The Liberty Center for the Performing Arts
The Liberty Theater is located on the corner of South Second and Park Avenue
“Lesse Le Bon Temps Rouler” “Let The Good Times Roll”
Open weekly, Saturday 6:00pm. to 7:30pm. during live radio show performance
A 1924 vaudeville/movie house purchased by the City of Eunice (renovated and brought back to life through a community restoration project). The Liberty reopened its doors on July 11, 1987, with a 1 1/2-hour live radio program featuring Cajun and Zydeco music, local recipes, and Cajun humor. It is the only show of its kind found anywhere else. The Liberty Center for the Performing Arts, as it has been named, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been included in the Great American Movie Theaters Preservation Press Guide published by the Smithsonian.
During its “hey-days” of the 1920’s and 30’s, personal appearances were made at the Liberty by Fattie Arbuckle, Tex Ritter, Jimmy Clanton, The Bowery Boys and Roy Rogers.
In 1986 the city of Eunice was chosen as a regional Rural and Minority Center for the Southern Arts Federation based in Atlanta, Ga. A total of nine Southern states were chosen and the Liberty Center is very proud to have been chosen as Louisiana’s representative. Being a part of the Southern Arts Federation’s initiative has had a positive impact on the continuing effort to preserve the Acadian Culture. The Liberty Cultural Association’s main goal is to preserve and celebrate the culture indigenous to the Acadians with most of its events taking place at the Liberty. The Association maintains an office at the Eunice City Hall.
Every Saturday night from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Liberty Center, a live radio and TV show is held featuring both Cajun and Zydeco music in the Grand Old Opry/ Louisiana Hayride format. Cajun French is the language of the show with enough English spoken so that everyone can enjoy this unique and one of a kind experience. The show is family oriented. Tickets are sold beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday, the day of the show and seating is general admission.
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT
LIVE CAJUN RADIO & TV SHOW
For more information call the mayor’s office at (337)457-7389
Cajun Music Hall of Fame
The Cajun Music Hall Of Fame and Museum is located right next to the Eunice Museum on 230 South CC Duson Drive, just one block from Downtown Eunice and the Liberty Theatre. This museum was created to honor those individuals who contributed to our cultural music and who otherwise may have been forgotten. In 1995 the Louisiana Legislature proclaimed the city of Eunice the official site for the Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The Grand Opening was held November 29th. 1997, and was attended by numerous musicians, singers, songwriters, radio and recording personalities as well as city officials. 32 of the personalities (living and deceased) were inducted into the museum during the this ceremony. Plans are that 2 more personalities will be inducted into the museum annually.
The building which houses the museum was once a one room country store (framed of wood, and was moved to it’s new location). The building is from the 1930’s which was converted into the museum. It took 5 years of construction and was completed in 1997. The funds for the project were raised by many volunteers.
The museum features a variety of cajun musical instruments as well as records and albums of cajun sounds from years gone by. It also features a Wall Hall Of Fame with photographs and articles about great cajun musicians. The Cajun Music Hall Of Fame and Museum is the only one of it’s kind anywhere. The museum features cajun entertainment legends and pioneers of cajun music. A “must see” for anyone interested in the origins and development of Cajun music and musicians over the years. Admission is free.
240 South C.C. Duson Drive * Eunice, Louisiana 70535
Telephone (337) 457-6534
For more information on the CFMA, go to http://www.cajunfrenchmusic.org