Archive for May, 2012

DLNP Hosts Genealogy Event at Bluebonnet Branch Library May 31, 2012

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

What: “Finding your Roots in Chronicling America

When: May 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:   Bluebonnet Branch Library

The project manager of the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP) Laura Charney will be at the Bluebonnet Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. on May 31, 2012, to deliver the presentation “Finding Your Roots in Chronicling America.” The presentation will demonstrate how to create dynamic keyword searches using Chronicling America’s interface, discuss the highlights and pitfalls of using historical newspapers as resources in genealogical research, and answer questions about DLNP newspapers.  All are welcome to join us for this free event.

Since 2009 LSU Libraries Special Collections has participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project has digitized and made available through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website over 110,000 pages of historical Louisiana newspapers.

The Chronicling America site is a free, full-text searchable website featuring over 4.8 million pages of historic newspapers published between 1836-1922 from 25 states and the District of Columbia. Louisiana is presently represented by 56 newspaper titles from around the state. An additional 110,000 pages of Louisiana newspapers from 29 new titles will be added by October 2013.

For more information about Bluebonnet Branch Library please refer to:

And for more information on DLNP please visit our site:

Questions can be directed to:

Laura Charney, MLIS
Project Manager, Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project
Louisiana State University
Hill Memorial Library

Audubon Day Scheduled for June 16, 2012

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The LSU Libraries will host a viewing of the famed double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America (London, 1827-1838). The viewing will be held in the McIlhenny Room of Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus, on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.

In 2008, the Coypu Foundation made a donation of $99,000 to enable conservation of this treasure by Etherington Conservation Services. After more than a year of painstaking work, conservation of all four folio volumes was completed and the final volume returned to the library on December 28, 2009. A celebratory Audubon Day showing was held on January 23, 2010. Pictures from that event can be seen on the Special Collections blog.

Audubon Day in 2011 was the focus of a feature article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Joys of Slow Looking,” by Willard Spiegelman, who noted the dazzling colors and rich visual texture of the original etchings.

Audubon Day is free and the public is invited, but reservations are required. Viewings of the folio volumes are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 noon, and 1 p.m. Only 40 people per hour will be admitted, so that everyone has a chance to view the four folio volumes.

To request a reservation, please use our online registration form or call 225-578-6544 during business hours.

Full steam ahead! Hill’s statehood exhibition has been extended through July 7th.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The exhibition “State of Transition: Louisiana circa 1812″ has been extended through July 7, 2012. Come by and take a look!

Image: Lloyd’s Steamboat Directory.

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