March 1, 2016 01:36 PM

New mobile museum by UL grad students brings history to the people.

Photo by Robin May

When building a mobile history museum, there is “no better thing than an Airstream,” says Dr. John Troutman of the UL Lafayette History Department.

Troutman and some of the graduate students at UL created a mobile museum, Museum on the Move, out of a 1954 Airstream trailer. The Airstream is a classic symbol of American exploration, making it a perfect medium for Museum on the Move’s purpose: traveling to local schools or public events to bring history to the people.

This year’s exhibit, “Drill, Baby, Drill? Oil in Louisiana,” focuses on the oil and gas industry in Louisiana using oral histories about the industry; some stories even come from the families of the grad students.

For more information on the Museum on the Move program, or to schedule a visit by the Airstream, contact Troutman at or visit the Facebook page at

Photo by Robin May
Photo by Robin May

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