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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Becoming Louisiana

  • Louisiana has a unique history marked with a unique cultural flavor. In honor of the 200th year of statehood, a traveling display called “Becoming Louisiana: Path to Statehood,” and is now available for public exhibition at the Morehouse Parish Public Library.
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  • Morehouse Parish librarian Ellen Highsmith said the display is based on a series of Louisiana events that are significant parts of its history and culture.
    “We have a few area principals coming to view the exhibit and may take the eighth graders studying Louisiana history at their schools to view it as well,” Highsmith said.
    Highsmith said the exhibit began this week and will be up for public viewing throughout the month of February.
    “It is located on the second floor,” she said. “We also have complimentary DVD's that will help explain the exhibit and its history further.”
    Lance Harris, director of Curatorial Services for the Secretary of State Museums, said the exhibit began traveling the state on April 12, 2012, to honor Louisiana's 200th year statehood anniversary.
    “It appeals to a wide variety of audiences, such as schools,” Harris said. “It has a wide regional range of interest. It will be moved from museum to libraries all over the state until April 12, 2013.”
    Harris said the display is full of culture and has historical facts adorned with an artistic design.
    “Herman Mhire, an exhibition curator, teamed with Charles Elliot, a Louisiana history professor, and Kate Ferry, a graphic designer, and constructed “Becoming Louisiana: Path to Statehood” exhibit, ” he said.
    For more information on “Becoming Louisiana: Path to Statehood” visit the Morehouse Parish Public Library or go online to the website at www.louisianabicentennial2012.com.
     
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