60-Year Marriage Celebrated in Widower’s Museum of Love

Museums are wonderful reminders of events, artwork, archeological displays and historical artifacts that have changed the course of countless lives around the globe. From the Louvre Museum in Paris, France to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., museums help us to remember, celebrate, and even discover those precious things that humanity shares. And that is why the Museum of Love in Starkville, Mississippi is such a beautiful accomplishment.


The Museum of Love is the endeavor of widower Charles “LaLa” Evans. It is a uniquely beautiful monument that testifies to the love story that he and his wife Louise spent nearly 60 years of marriage writing. When Louise passed suddenly in 2011, Charles decided that a headstone wasn’t enough to honor the love of his life. For Charles, true love is a force so powerful that it must be respected and shared. That’s why he decided to build Louise a museum that would showcase the incredible story of their love.

Charles met Louise way back in 1949. They were only in high school, but he knew the moment he laid eyes on her that his life would never be the same. “When you looked at her, it was like electrical shock,” he said in an interview with CBS News. “I guess it’s love.” And for Charles, the rest was history. And well-documented history at that. The small museum, which is located behind his home, is packed with the most touching memorabilia and photographs that display the powerful connection that Charles and Louise shared.

From the most insignificant details to the most unlikely, there is something special to be found in each and every corner. Charles remembers how one photograph was taken at a restaurant that Louise never liked, because she had been embarrassed when he caught her laughing with food in her mouth during one of their visits there. He even has the shoe shine stand that he was working at when he and Louise first met. For him, these were the moments and events that contributed to the most important thing in his entire life; the love he shared with his wife.

In the beginning, not many people visited the small museum. But after word began to spread about the Museum of Love, travelers who had likewise been touched by a similar love began coming from all over the globe to visit with Charles and share in his and Louise’s incredible story. In fact, the museum was even featured in a music video by the band Mutemath. It’s undeniable that this touching tribute to the story of Charles and Louise Evans has gone on to impact the lives of countless others through the strength of their love.

Next Article
  • New Kindness Curriculum is Making Waves in University of Wisconsin Study

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds has been busy this year. They’ve added one more project to the many studies they contribute to, and this one is aimed at teaching kindness to preschoolers. Called the “kindness curriculum,” the free program had children engaging in two 20-minute sessions...

    Read More
  • Eye-Witness Recounts Story of Incredible Whale Rescue

    Whale watching is a favorite pastime and a tourist attraction along nearly every coast in the world. But for enthusiasts traveling to the West Coast of the USA, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is a treasure trove for those looking to catch a glimpse some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures. Orcas, humpback whales,...

    Read More
  • Bus Driver Pauses Route to Help Stranded Schoolgirl Find Her Way

    Morning commutes can be drag. Whether you drive your own car, take the subway, or hop on a bus, the frequent delays and traffic jams can quickly turn a routine journey into a stop-and-go nightmare. Public transit workers are often put under incredible pressure to keep their routes on schedule to avoid disgruntled passengers. But...

    Read More
  • The Teen that’s Fighting Cyber Bullies One Hashtag at a Time

    Chase Marvil isn’t your typical millennial college student. While the sophomore at Delaware Technical Institute is a heavy consumer of social media, he’s also a force for positive change in the digital space. While he was still in high school, Chase set out to change the way that people...

    Read More
  • How One Parkour Athlete Changed the Lives of Street Kids in Manila

    Raven Cruz is serious about parkour. After just four short years of practicing the sport, he has already become a teacher at the Ninja Parkour Academy in Manila, Philippines and been recognized as a promising athlete in the parkour world. But now he’s earning recognition for another reason. One day, when Raven was training in...

    Read More
  • A Summer Camp That is Truly for Everyone

    Camp is one of the best parts of summer. There are summer camps that focus on everything from sports to theater to science and much more where kids can spend their days following their interests and making memories. But many times, kids with special needs are unable to attend summer camps because of their disabilities...

    Read More