Heritage Family Project

Between 1940 and 1945 the United States War Department took possession of privately owned land to develop Camp Polk and Peason Ridge Training Area. In total, over 300 families were displaced from their homesteads and had to rebuild their lives. Livestock and crops were left behind as well as deceased loved ones in family or community cemeteries. In April 2007 the U.S. Army Joint Readiness Training Center for Ft. Polk convened a cultural resources workshop to develop plans for preserving the rich cultural heritage of these displaced families, their ancestors and descendants. The Heritage Family Collection Project was created. This collection has been made available to the public. It is a collection of photographs, documents and oral interviews contributed by the Heritage Families and descendants.