“Stories of a Rivertown:

Covington, La at 200 Years” 

By C. Howard Nichols.

Books can be mailed anywhere in the US for $40,including shipping. Check or money orders to: C. Howard Nichols, 406 General Pershing, Hammond, LA 70401.
There may be copies available as well at HJ Smiths Sons General Merchandise, Covington


"St. Tammany Parish:

L'Autre Cote Du Lac"

by Steve Ellis 
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The Old Mandeville Historic Association

published a book featuring photos of its homes

where historic plaques have been placed

to mark landmark residences

CLICK HERE to learn more about the book.  


The History of Saint Tammany From Time of 
Colonization of Louisiana By The French

To order a copy of the reprint, CLICK HERE

Abita Springs: Collection of Articles & Photographs



Artists, Writers & Other Talented People

of the Tammany Family

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The History of the Village of Sun

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The Bridges of St. Tammany

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Lee Lane Legacy - Second Edition

Available on


Folsom: Yesterday & Today

By Ron Barthet 


An overview of the history of Folsom, its people and businesses.
Contains many photographs, maps and charts.
Ron Barthet presenting a copy of the Folsom history book to Frank Richerand
of the Giddy Up Coffee House
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Book Takes a Look at 1950's in Mandeville

 J. Vernon "Butch" Smith has written a new book about life in Mandeville in the 1950's. The 160 page book is for sale on

According to the summary on the back of the book, it tells about small town Mandeville, population 1,358, which in the 1940's was an idyllic rural south Louisiana community on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

"Firsthand is autobiographical in nature, told both through an anthology of personal experiences related by The Old Geezers and a Few Elegant Elders of the time, and a look at the family history of the Smiths and Morgans with emphasis on the history and culture of the aunts and uncles involved in rearing of the author.

" The facts are definitely important, but the richness of this work comes from looking deeper into the story behind the data “what did it feel like, what did it look like?”

"A class mate who reports having a heavy foot so the local police thumbtack speeding tickets on the front door of his dad’s house. Three of the four males in the senior class being first string on the basketball team. All experienced within the context of the author’s family history and the times of the 50’s. The Acadian French connection is described as is the family’s French Jewish heritage. There is an extensive look at the family’s military history from the Revolutionary War, through the Civil War, to the Iraqi War. Aspects of rural family culture in which third cousins marry or a younger brother marrying the widow with children of an older brother."

Other books about St. Tammany Parish available on


The Pictorial Maps Book

 I just republished my book of cartoon bird's eye view maps. These are the maps that I have been drawing over the past 36 years, starting in 1983 with downtown Covington. 

I had published a smaller version of the book a few years ago. This one is 8 1/2 by 11 inches, so the maps have been reduced to fit. The original maps were 11 x17" and in many cases two feet by three feet, so the reduced-to-fit versions in the book will not contain the level of detail of the original maps. 

Since the mid-1980's I've been drawing maps of towns in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and even South Carolina. They are fun to look at, and I would think a valuable historical reference someday. Already I get emails from people saying that they have a copy of one of my maps from 30 years ago, and it helps jog their memories of what was where,especially the businesses that are no longer with us. I made many great friends travelling across the South visiting the cities and towns, and working with the local chambers of commerce and newspapers to use the maps for promotional purposes. 

To order a copy of the book, click on this link.