Archive for September, 2011

Cruise of the Pintail: Celebrating the Publication of a New Book and the Preservation of an Old Film

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The LSU Press and the LSU Libraries invite you to a free showing of Fonville Winans’ rare silent film, “Cruise of the Pintail,” shot in Louisiana, 1932-1934. The showing, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall, celebrates the publication of Cruise of the Pintail: A Journal by the LSU Press. Copies of the book will be available for sale and the journal’s editors, Robert L. Winans and James R. Turner, will be on hand to autograph.

Featuring diary entries and more than one hundred images selected by Fonville’s son, Robert L. Winans, Cruise of the Pintail is the latest addition to the LSU Press’s Hill Collection series, which includes books based in part on the holdings of the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections.

The journal recounts Fonville’s experiences when he left his home in Fort Worth in 1932 and set out with two friends to seek adventure and fortune aboard a leaking rudderless sailboat, the Pintail, on the untamed waterways of Louisiana. Along the way, he shot footage for a movie that he was sure would make them rich and famous, revealing the remote coastal landscapes and curious inhabitants of Louisiana’s southern-most reaches.

In 2003, Fonville’s heirs generously donated a copy of the original film to the LSU Libraries.  The Libraries had it conserved and digitized for viewing and preservation purposes. Lasting 26 minutes, Winans’ film provides viewers with a tour of a Louisiana that seems familiar and yet has mostly vanished, from New Orleans’ markets and courtyards to moss picking and the Grand Terre Island lighthouse. The event is free; donations for the Libraries’ film preservation program will be welcomed.

American Archives Month Kicks Off with a Brown Bag in Hill, September 29

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

At noon on Thursday, September 29, Michael Pasquier, assistant professor of Religious Studies at LSU, will speak in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall on “Finding Religion in Hill Memorial Library.” He will discuss his recent collaboration with the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History to document the religious beliefs and practices of people living in Lafourche Parish. He will also share his experience working with the staff of Hill Memorial Library to incorporate archival research in the religious studies classroom.

Please bring your brown-bag lunch and join us for an opportunity to learn more about incorporating archives and oral history in your research and teaching. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

The event kicks off American Archives Month (October), an annual celebration of the importance of archives into preserving our history.  The focus of this first event is on the value of oral history for capturing aspects of people’s history and culture that are otherwise undocumented. 

Pasquier teaches courses in U.S. religious history, Christianity, and world religions. His research focuses on the history of Roman Catholicism in the American South, Catholic devotional culture, and religion in colonial Louisiana. He is the author of Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870, published by Oxford University Press, 2010, which has been hailed as a “subtle, fresh, and welcome achievement” that “sets a promising course for new scholarship both in and beyond U.S. Catholic history.”

He is currently conducting a new research project on the intersection of African religions, Native American religions, and European Christianities in the Lower Mississippi Valley during the eighteenth century, as well as editing a volume of essays on the study of religion and culture along the Mississippi River.

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