About the Ouachita County Historical Society
MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose for which the corporation is formed is to educate and to promote and encourage interest in the historical background of Ouachita County and its historical people, places, and objects, and to preserve such places and objects and the history associated with these for future generations.
Since 1964, the Ouachita County Historical Society has promoted and supported the McCollum-Chidester House Museum in Camden as an educational and nonprofit institution. Today, the society maintains several historical sites in Ouachita County, including Oakland Cemetery, Fort Lookout, Scott Cemetery, the Leake-Ingham Building and others. In addition to maintaining these sites, OCHS has been involved in a number of restoration projects. Maintenance of these wonderful historic areas and various restoration projects are heavily dependent on several annual fundraisers as well as contributions to the society.
McCollum-Chidester House Museum and the Leake-Ingham Building are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are open year-round for guided tours. Museum hours are 9 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Friday. Tours are available by appointment on Saturdays. The museum is closed Sunday through Tuesday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.
Historical Society meetings are held four times a year at 6:30 p.m. on the third Mondays in March, June, and September and the first Monday in December. Meetings are open to the public.
*Annual individual membership dues are $35. Membership is for one year, based on the date of original membership, and members are entitled to four issues of The Quarterly. If you wish to pay your fees using a credit card, please call the office Wednesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:00. Membership forms for new members or member renewals may be found by clicking below:
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Mail membership forms and other correspondence to:
Ouachita County Historical Society
926 Washington Street NW
Camden, AR 71701
Phone: (870) 836-9243