Q&A with Passionate Preservationist Bill Stark
For more than 50 years, the LSU Rural Life Museum has transported visitors back in time to 19th century Louisiana. Through its immense collection of 18,000 artifacts and more than 30 historic structures representing farms, plantations, and households, the museum is dedicated to featuring the “hardships, toils, vision, and inspiration” of all Louisianans and their rural past. The open-air museum is located on 440 acres of land bequeathed by landscape architect Steele Burden and his siblings, Ione and Pike Burden, to offer the public a place to learn about everyday life in Louisiana.
Last year, the museum welcomed new Director Bill Stark, who will continue the Burdens’ vision of the museum while making it relevant and relatable to today’s visitors.
At its core, this museum reflects the hardships, toils, vision, and inspiration of all Louisianans and our rural past.Bill StarkDirector, LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens