South Arkansas Heritage Museum

The South Arkansas Heritage Museum, located in Magnolia (Columbia County) in the donated Longino home on 317 West Main Street one block from the town square, is dedicated to the history and heritage of southern Arkansas. The museum’s collection consists primarily of donations from the museum’s founder and benefactors, with a focus upon tools used by workers, craftsmen, and artisans, though it also includes photographs, documents, clothing, and a 1948 fire truck.  

Early planning for the South Arkansas Heritage Museum considered the use of the late nineteenth-century Alexander-Warnock House located on the Southern Arkansas University (SAU) campus. Instead, in 2019, the family of Galloway and Anne Woodward donated the home of Dr. Henry Alvan Longino to the South Arkansas Heritage Museum. The Woodwards had been responsible for listing the Longino home on the National Register of Historic Places. The home was built around 1910 and designed by Eugene C. Seibert, renowned architect of the Central Christian Church and the Miller County Courthouse. A large part of the museum’s exhibit relates to the protection and preservation of the Longino home. 

The first floor of the museum houses the collections and is open to visitors, and the top floor is for staff offices and storage. The museum is governed by a board of directors and offers a variety of membership options. 

For additional information:
“Arkansas Museum Gains Historic Home.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 27, 2019. Online at https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/apr/27/museum-gains-historic-home-20190427/ (accessed June 3, 2021). 

“Dr. H. A. Longino House.” National Register of Historic Places nomination form. On file at Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Little Rock, Arkansas. Online at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/National-Register-Listings/PDF/CO0305.nr.pdf (accessed January 15, 2020). 

“Longino House Will Become New South Arkansas Heritage Museum.” Magnolia Reporter, April 16, 2019. Online at http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/local_news/article_2f1a5adc-606b-11e9-a718-737253ab9dff.html (accessed June 3, 2021). 

“More Details and History about the Longino House in Magnolia, the New South Arkansas Heritage Museum.” Magnolia Reporter, April 16, 2019. Online at http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/article_7344a670-2e78-11e8-a6ab-4324d0f44a23.html (accessed June 3, 2021). 

South Arkansas Heritage Museum. http://www.southarheritagemuseum.org/ (accessed June 3, 2021). 

Katelynn Caple
Henderson State University

Last Updated: 06/03/2021