About the Gretna Historical Society

The Gretna Historical Society was founded in Gretna, Louisiana, in 1969, by Lloyd E. Gomez (insurance man, volunteer fire fighter, and community activist), who descended from Gretna pioneers, German immigrants Claudius and Catherine Nuss Strehle. The articles of incorporation for the GHS were drafted by Gretna attorney Everette F. Gauthreaux and signed in his law office on October 26, 1969. Today, the GHS operates the Gretna Historical Society Museum Complex at the corner of Lafayette Street at Second. It consists of three 19th century Creole cottages, a blacksmith shop, and the Louisiana Fire Museum. The GHS also owns and maintains the caboose and train depot on Huey P. Long Avenue at Fourth Street, where the City of Gretna operates its Tourist Information Office.

How to Join

There are no requirements for membership in the GHS, other than the timely payment of annual membership dues of $15 per person. Monthly meetings are held at the GHS Museum Complex, 209 Lafayette Street, on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Guests and prospective members are always welcome to attend the meetings. The society newsletter, Gretna Chronicles, is published monthly and mailed to all members.


Click here for the GHS Membership Application.


Please print and bring your filled out membership application to the next GHS meeting. If you don't have a printer then no worries, we have membership applications you can fill out when we see you at the meeting.