Monday, April 30, 2018

Slidell Topo Maps Over the Years

Here is a short video clip showing the USGS topographical maps of the Slidell area from 1935 to 1998. Click on the triangle in the center of the image to play the video. 

Childrens Museum of St. Tammany

The Children's Museum of St. Tammany celebrated its grand opening weekend on January 20 and 21, 2018, at its new location on Koop Drive between Abita Springs and Mandeville. It has been holding special programs over the past several years, including an Astro Camp space-oriented kids camp during the summer, but having its own building has proven to be a great benefit.

According to information from the organization's website, after more than a decade of planning, the long-awaited Children’s Museum of St. Tammany (CMST) opened its doors on Saturday, January 20, at its brand-new interim location at the Koop Drive Trailhead. 

The museum  features exhibits designed by Argyle Design of Brooklyn, NY, produced by local design team The Solomon Group and programming developed by an exhibit design team of volunteer educators in collaboration with museum board and staff. It appeal s primarily to toddlers through early childhood aged children and offers special programming for older children.

According to Tina Taylor Abbey, a past president of the Junior League of Greater Covington, "In 1977, a small group of women came together to establish the Junior League of Greater Covington.  At that time, they embraced the creation of a childhood learning experience for the families of St. Tammany as a top goal.  Today, the Children's Museum of St. Tammany enjoys the universal, unwavering support of our entire organization.  We are all parents in one form or another -- mothers, grandmothers, godparents, educators.   And we know the joy that comes when a child explores, plays and discovers."

From its inception as a community project of the Junior League of Greater Covington to becoming its own independent 501c3 with a board of trustees and advisory board, CMST is the result of countless volunteer hours.

Lisa Barnett, CMST Board of Trustees President, said, “As a past president of the Junior League, I am particularly proud of the impact the League has had in bringing this project to fruition. This is a testament to the importance of volunteerism and the power of community.”

“The St. Tammany Parish Public School System and Superintendent Trey Folse have also played an integral part in getting us to this point,” said CMST Trustee and Marigny Elementary Principal Leslie Martin. “From leading the way in our annual Black & Gold Day fundraiser to the many educators who have lent their time and expertise in developing our exhibits and programming, Mr. Folse and the school system have been true partners in bringing the museum to life.”

From Past President Kevin Davis’ early championing of the project, to President Pat Brister’s invitation to make the Parish’s planned Cultural Arts District its permanent home, CMST has enjoyed support from St. Tammany Parish Government over the years. 

Pictured from Left to Right: Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President; Lisa Barnett, President Children's Museum of St. Tammany Board of Trustees; Amy Fresh, Executive Director, Children's Museum of St. Tammany. Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Government website.

“We are grateful to our elected officials at the parish level and also at the city level who have contributed to our efforts. Folks like President Brister, Sheriff Randy Smith, Mayors Mike Cooper and Don Villere who participate in our Advisory Board and our council members who lend an ear, a hand and show up have had such an impact in getting us to this point.”

“We are always thinking forward to the future.” continued Barnett.  “We are continuing to plan and fundraise for the 30,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.”

Here are some photographs of the new facility now at 21404 Koop Drive. 

The giant cartoon map of St. Tammany Parish

In June of 2024 the children's museum moved from this building to a new location at 813 Florida Blvd. in Mandeville. Here is a picture of the storefront containing all the items that had to be moved in the relocation. 



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Covington High School Faculty & Staff - 1968

Here are yearbook photos of the administration, faculty and staff of Covington High School in 1968, some fifty years ago. Click on the images to make them larger.

Pete Fitzmorris

Here's a photo from the mid-1970's showing Police Juror Pete Fitzmorris with two alligators in the bed of his pick up truck. The truck is parked in the side parking lot of the old courthouse on N. New Hampshire Street. 

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He was a big supporter of the St. Tammany Parish Fair

Pete Fitzmorris took me on a tour of his ward one day in 1972 (fifty-one years ago), and tried to explain everything that a police juror does and is often asked to do.

Friday, April 27, 2018

100 years ago this week

What was going on 100 years ago this week? 

CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer edition of April 27, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

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