Historic Scott Roden House, 1910:
This house was designed by European architect J.L. Wees for Rufus Scott, an investor. The house is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. This may be the only Art Nouveau mansion in the U.S. Tours are available by appointment only. 425 South Church Street.
Lamar County Historical Museum:
The museum features the Judge Jim Noble Thompson Portico facade, a vintage post card display featuring over 200 Paris scenes, the Wesley Cantrell shoe collection, the 1846 Biard Cabin, exhibits from the hay and cotton industries, an iron lung, a large loom, tool collections, antique washing machines, a blacksmith shop, a pioneer kitchen, a military exhibit room, the cabinets from the old Staples Jewelry store and the store’s neon sign, an African American gallery, a gallery devoted to smaller communities in the county, artifacts from the great 1916 fire, two rooms of 20th
century furniture, and two rooms devoted to the remaining artifacts from the Buckner Orphanage which was demolished in 2000. The museum is located in Heritage Park, just south of Heritage Hall. Open Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm. Group tours are available by calling (903) 784-2501. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. (903) 783-0064. 1015 W. Kaufman.
Paris Community Theatre:
The first organized meeting of the theater was held in 1976 with 3 to 4 dozen people in attendance. The first performance featured “Up the Down Staircase” that same year. This theater group performs in the renovated Plaza Theatre on the courthouse square. Performances include dramas, musicals and comedies. This non-profit depends on volunteers, financial donations and specific donations of furniture, costumes and other items. Auditions are open to the public. Seasonal and individual tickets are available by calling or faxing the theatre. (903) 783-0064. Fax: (903) 784-4195. The theatre is located at 30 North Plaza.
Visual & Performing Arts Schedule, Paris Junior College:
Theater performances, musical presentations and art displays are held in various locations including the DeShong Chapel on campus, the Calvary United Methodist Church (3105 Lamar Avenue), the Ray Karrer Theater on campus and in the campus Art Building Foyer Gallery. (903) 785.7661. (800) 232.5804. Campus Map
Paris Community Choir:
Choir practice is on Monday nights at 7pm at the First United Methodist Church at 322 Lamar Avenue.
The Plaza Gallery:
This gallery was established to display and sell quality art work produced by local artists from Lamar County and the surrounding areas. It is managed by the Plaza Art Guild. The gallery contains paintings, drawings, ceramics and pottery, sculptures, photographs, stained glass, jewelry and furniture. The gallery hosts special events
throughout the year. Open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm. (903) 737-9699. The gallery is located at #8 West Plaza at Business U.S. 82.
Paris Junior College:
The Dragon Athletic hall of Fame in the Hunt Physical Education Complex houses memorabilia of top athletics and alumni of the college. (903) 785.7661. (800) 232.5804. 2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460. Campus Map
A.M. & Welma Aikin Regional Archives at Paris Junior College:
This library contains the archives for Lamar, Red River, Delta, and Fannin Counties. In addition, a replica of the Austin office of Senator Aikin, the father of modern education in Texas, contains items depicting the history of his 46 years in the state legislature. The archives are located in the Mike Rheudasil Learning Center. Open Mon & Wed, 8am-5pm; Tue & Thu, 8am-5pm; Fri, 8am-12 noon. The archives are closed Monday through Thursday, 12 noon-1pm for lunch. (903) 782-0411. 2400 Clarksville Street. Campus Map
Lamar County Genealogical Society & Library:
The Genealogical Library contains over 1000 books relating to the study of family history. In addition to hundreds of family group sheets and family pedigree charts, there are more than 130 specific family histories. There is a wide variety of "how to" books for the beginning researcher as well as the experienced. Books are also available for research in the areas of religious denominations, American Indian and Afro-American heritage. Open Mon-Wed & Fri, 12 noon-4pm; Thu, 8am-4pm. Because of past problems of items disappearing from the library, briefcases, tote bags, large purses, topcoats, and personal research items other than notes are may not be brought into the library, and personal items are subject to search. Food is also prohibited. (903) 784-5020. The library is located in the historic railroad depot at 1125 Bonham Street.
Paris Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, 1pm-5pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-8pm; Wed, Fri-Sat, 9am-6pm; closed Sunday. (903) 785-8531. 326 South Main Street.