Sunday, September 30, 2018

Old Friends, Old Photographs

Old friends looking over old photographs. Photo taken in1974. Click on the image to make it larger.

Ella Paine          Bertha Neff 

National Bicentennial Celebration 1976

In 1976 the Bicentennial Celebration for the United States was held across the land, and St. Tammany Parish put together one of the most festive events. The planned activities to observe the 200th Anniversary of the nation included parades, costumes, and cannons.

Click above for a WARB radio broadcast of the Bicentennial Events live from the fairgrounds in Covington.

A July 1976 re-enactment of a 1779 event on the Mandeville lakefront.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary

Representatives of the American Legion Auxiliary, Robert H. Burns Unit 16, were distributing informational pamphlets at the Covington Block Party & Car Show Friday night. The auxiliary has played a large part in encouraging freedom education and instruction in governmental structure and processes through its Girls State and Girls Nation programs.

The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary have been active for decades across St. Tammany Parish, holding special ceremonies at the courthouse for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, providing services to veterans, and taking part in a variety of community events to promote patriotism. 

See also:

Teachers Group Officers - 1935

In 1935, these educators were chosen as officers and delegates for the St. Tammany Teachers Association. Click on the image to enlarge the view.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Final Friday Block Party

Friday night was Covington's Final Friday Block Party & Car Show for September, taking place on Columbia Street. Here are some photos. Click on the images to make them larger. 

Mandeville Historic Survey 2009

In 2009 Sally Reeves conducted a survey of historic architecture in the City of Mandeville. To view the document that she produced, click on the link below. 

100 years ago this week

What was going on 100 years ago this week?

CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of September 28, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the sample images below to see larger versions.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bill Brady

The St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association recently spotlighted one of its longtime members with a biographical profile in its monthly "Spotlight" feature. This month former School Board Central Office administrator Bill Brady was interviewed.

Click on the link below to enjoy reading about Brady, his career achievements, and his now active retirement.

Here's the link:

Bill Brady

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

World War I Exhibit Opens

The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies launched an extensive exhibit on World War I Wednesday afternoon on the third floor of the SLU Sims Library on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

The exhibit draw a small crowd as Dr. Samuel Hyde Jr., director of the center, welcomed those present and gave a brief introduction to the exhibit.  

The event featured a number of panels displaying a large number of photographs from the war, plus posters, official papers, and weapons of trench warfare, as well as uniforms, dioramas, audio recordings of trench warfare, and also the casualties, medical care, and life after the war. Some exhibits featured items on loan from persons throughout southeast Louisiana, including St. Tammany Parish.

There was a focus on the horrors of war, the invention of the machine gun and the introduction of gas/chemical warfare. There was also information on the influenza epidemic and unsanitary conditions in the trenches that led to disease and death.

The first panel tried to explain the cause of the first world war, but as in all political stirrings, it was a number of things all boiling over at the same time. Special attention was given to the things that occurred in World War I that set the stage for World War II some twenty years later. 

Entitled "The War That Did Not End All Wars: Southeast Louisiana and the Horror of WWI," the exhibit was put together with the help of many donors and contributors. 

It will run through December 10, with the archives room open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. 

The website for the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and Archives is located at the following link: