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This local history museum offers a variety of exhibits that present the early history of Paris. Special exhibits focus on the life of early pioneers, military history, and the fire of 1916 that devastated but did not destroy to city. Several of the exhibits recreate the early cabins and homes of settlers in the 19th century, complete with authentic furnishings and signs that interpret the exhibits. There is also a special room dedicated to African American history, with many original photographs and documents of leading families and institutions.