Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Teachers On Stage

Every so often the Talented Art Program teachers of the public school system get together and put on a play.

Here's the cast photo for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" production which was presented in several schools in the Pearl River/Slidell area about 15 years ago. Click on the image to make it larger. 

Here's the group picture for the TAP 2004 presentation of "Charlotte's Web."

And here's a scene from the play...

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mardi Gras Royalty

Several pictures from a Mardi Gras royalty event held twenty-something years ago....

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Abita Officials - 1912

In the May 14, 1912, issue of the Times Democrat Newspaper of New Orleans the following photograph was published, showing the newly-installed officers of Abita Springs. Click on the image to make it larger. 

The men were identified, from left to right, as Councilman Louis Darring, Councilman G.S. Strain, Treasurer Henry Strubbe, Mayor J.E. Glisson, Marshal A.J. Bennett (standing), Clerk A.O. Pons, Councilman Roert Mendow, Councilman John Destruel and Councilman Charles W. Schmidt. 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Causeway South Toll Plaza

This falls under the category of "ain't dere no more." The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge Southern Toll Plaza. Click on the images to make them larger. 

This complex of buildings has been removed and paved over for better and quicker access to the world's longest bridge from the south shore.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

A Tree's Knees

A riverside scene with a cypress tree and its knees...

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Friday, July 26, 2019

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 July 26, 1919. 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, July 25, 2019

Man of La Mancha Production

In the early 1980's, one of the plays presented by Playmakers Inc. in Covington was "The Man of La Mancha." Here are a few photographs of some of the participants looking over the stage work that went into that production. Click on the images to make them larger.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Primate Center

Over the years several articles have appeared in the local media about the work of Tulane University's National Primate Research Center in St. Tammany Parish. Originally known as the Delta Regional Primate Center, it has brought in many doctors from around the world to conduct research on various diseases. 

Originally opened in November 1964 as the Delta Regional Primate Research Center, the Tulane National Primate Research Center is one of eight centers that make up the National Primate Research Center Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 According to their website, facility "is situated on 500 acres of land purchased from the Alexius family in 1962. The property represented a significant portion of land that is still known as Alexiusville. The Alexius House, named after Guido Centio Alexius, dates back to the early 1800’s.

The House was home to several generations of the Alexius family and is the only original building that remains on the property that houses the TNPRC. The Tulane University School of Architecture is currently doing a preservation study of the House, and the long-term plan is to restore it and use it as a visitors’ center or other appropriate way to support the TNPRC.

The center has expanded several times over the years, increased faculty and staff, and experienced steady growth in its research programs. It is one of the largest employers in St. Tammany Parish, with over 260 employees and an economic impact estimated at $70.1 million a year.

Here are articles from the early years of the center, between 1972 and  1994. Click on the images to make them larger and more readable.


From 1972

See also:

Tulane University National Primate Center

Alexiusville Subdivision Plat


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Madisonville Lighthouses

Next time you are in Madisonville, stop by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, where one of the most interesting displays is a collection of small-scale dioramas of Lighthouses around Lake Pontchartrain. The boats and the history of maritime activities around the lake is a central focus, but the land-based structures that kept those boats safe were the lighthouses. Imagine the stories these lakeside sentinels could tell.

Here are a few pictures of some of the dioramas.Click on the images to make them larger. 


The New Canal Lighthouse

There's a story behind this one, but you have to visit the museum to read the descriptive card.

For more information, click on the links below:

Tchefuncte River Lighthouse

Lighthouses of Eastern Lake Pontchartrain

Tchefuncte River Lighthouse on Historic Registry

Maritime Museum Unveils New Jahncke Shipyard Model

Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage Restored






Monday, July 22, 2019

Gibsons Comes To Covington

Back in 1973 the new Gibsons Discount Center opened in Covington, right next to the Bogue Falaya Plaza Mall.


To see more Bogue Falaya Shopping Center photos and advertisements that were featured on, CLICK HERE.

See also:

 Bogue Falaya Shopping Plaza

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mandeville Rotary Club

Getting any new community service organization going is sometimes a complicated endeavor. The group of Mandeville area residents interested in starting their own Rotary Club back in 1974 ( some 45 years ago) had a little help, however.

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See also:

Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club