Chartered on October 15, 1982, the Friends of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum provide financial and volunteer support to the Museum in three areas:  exhibits, educational programs, and landscaping.  Over the years, the Friends have provided the funding for collections based exhibits and sponsor exhibitions of local and regional art. The educational programs offered to local school children are made possible by Friends donations. With a formal courtyard, Herbal & Medicinal garden, and beautiful roses climbing the entrance gates of the Museum, the grounds are a retreat for all who visit.  The Friends maintain these gardens and purchase new plants as needed.

The Friends of the Museum are vital to the survival of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.  They bring cultural events and exhibits to our community, educational experiences to our children, and beauty to our neighborhood.

Friends Board of Directors 2023

Dr. Cole Evensky


Ian Summers

 Vice President

Mark Rowe




Friends Board Members

Dennis Beckman

Kay Grammer Camp

Valerie Adger Hoogland

Dr. Rachael Peters

Ted Roberts

Valeria Solvos Taylor



Currently Vacant

President of the LSEM Landscape & Grounds Committee

Nell Shehee

Chairman of LSEM’s Regional Governing Board