So if the Outlaw National’s Rod Run & Antique Car Show wasn’t enough to keep you busy the weekend of April 15th, then maybe you would like to spend an afternoon at the museum. A collection of Claude McCrocklin original paintings will be presented for display at the Historic Jefferson Museum on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Claude McCrocklin is a World War II Veteran and former Prisoner of War. Mr McCrocklin retired in 1981 as a cattle buyer for Morrell & Company, a major meat packer, and in his retirement became a member of the Caddo Lake Historical Committee back when it was being formed and was still in its infancy. Mr. McCrocklin is an avid avocational archaeologist and has received recognition in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas for his archaeological work. He helped the Caddo Lake Historical Committee increase and stabilize its membership by presenting programs on archaeology and history. Mr McCroclin also conducted archaeological investigations at over 500 sites throughout the Ark-La-Tex, and taught archealogy seminars. Throughout the years, he has worked with the various tribal affiliations of the archaeological sites he was investigating including the Caddo and Alabama/CoushattaTribes. Members of both tribes consider him a valued friend and have honored him in many ways. Mr McCrocklin is a avid painter and his art depicts Caddo Indian life ranging from the Paleo period some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago to modern Caddo in portraits and ceremonial dances.
The Historic Jefferson Museum is located at 223 Austin Street.