Archive for September, 2010

Hill Closed October 2

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Hill Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, October 2, due to the home football game starting at 2:30 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Monday, October 4. Geaux Tigers!

Louisiana’s Lone Star Republic

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The LSU Libraries announce a new exhibit, “Louisiana’s Lone Star Republic,” on display in LSU’s Hill Memorial Library.  Commemorating the bicentennial of the 1810 West Florida Revolution, the exhibit explores the tangled web of divided loyalties, international intrigue, and economic opportunism that gave rise to an independent, though short-lived, nation in what is now southeastern Louisiana.

Many of the manuscripts on display are new acquisitions, donated to the LSU Libraries in 2009 by historian Libby K. Dart, formerly of St. Francisville. “We were excited to find that the donation included drafts of letters to the Spanish governor of West Florida and of proclamations of the West Florida Convention,” said Tara Laver, Curator of Manuscripts. “These are documents that show history in the making.” Additional documents provide new sources of information about unrest and dissent in the young republic.

Michael Taylor, Assistant Curator of Books, selected materials for the exhibition and wrote about each item.  “It was interesting to explore why British and American settlers who had lived happily for almost three decades in the Spanish colony of West Florida rebelled in 1810 and declared their independence,” said Taylor. The exhibit also looks at why President James Madison viewed the little republic as a threat and annexed it to the United States, thus “completing” the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In addition, visitors will learn about the history of the Lone Star flag, a proud blue and white banner that originally flew in Baton Rouge and St. Francisville and later became a symbol of independence throughout the South.

The exhibit will be on display in the library’s lecture hall from Sept. 7  through Dec. 18. Special Collections is open Monday- Friday from 9-5, Tuesdays 9-8, and Saturdays 9-1. For more information, contact Michael Taylor, Assistant Curator of Books, at (225) 578-6547.

2010 Archives Month Event to feature Edwin Edwards biographer Leo Honeycutt

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

In recognition of American Archives Month 2010, the LSU Libraries will host a talk by Leo Honeycutt, author of Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Honeycutt’s presentation, entitled “Louisiana’s Place in America: A History in Pictures,” details the rise and fall of one of the modern era’s most controversial and polarizing political figures. Prior to being selected in 2005 to write Edwards’ official biography, Honeycutt was an award-winning television anchor and reporter for 28 years. His exhaustive research included dozens of personal interviews with Edwards and his family, friends, and former colleagues, piecing together the fascinating story of Louisiana’s only four-term governor.

Following his presentation, Honeycutt will discuss the research and writing process for the biography, including his use of the Libraries’ collections. After the discussion, Honeycutt will remain on hand for a book-signing and reception.

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Please join the LSU Libraries in celebrating Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage and unique political history.

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