Who would have thought that two photos of downtown Monroe in the summer of 1972, could be found in the collection of a New York art museum? The Metropolitan Museum of Art no less! Today, on the 151st anniversary of their opening, I thought I would share a Monroe item found in their collection! The … Continue reading Downtown Monroe, 1972
The News-Star, March 14, 1991, Page 7A Allow me to be a little maudlin today. One of the biggest hair bands during my high school and college years was Poison. I was a hair band fan, thanks to my boyfriend at the time being a metal head. Back in early 1991 I was finishing up … Continue reading My First Concert at the Monroe Civic Center
Ignore the first hit in this search list. This shows the seven postcards we have in our collection that show the Civic Center just after it was built in the late 60's. There is even one showing the fountain in all it's glory! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/search/mods_subject_topic_ms%3A%22Civic%5C%20centers%22
This postcard from our collection has beloved memories for our long-time residents. You could ride up and down the Ouachita River and pretend you were transported in time to the era of steamboats and hoop skirts. Many people felt a part of their past died when the "Queen" sank at her dock many years ago. … Continue reading The Twin City Queen
Another one from the collection is the dedication program for Glenwood Hospital, West Monroe in 1962. There is a lot of historical information in this little booklet! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A106
This building was located where Walnut enters DeSiard Street. Most remember the site as where the Style Shop was located. Just a heads up: Tomorrow I will be doing a program on the History of Ouachita Parish Public Library for the Library's Facebook page at 10:30 am. Tune in if you can, or catch it … Continue reading Meyer’s Star Emporium
https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A98 This one was found last week and I immediately asked my boss to include it in the Digital Library. It is the dedication program for Marbles Rec Center! About two years ago, a lady called and asked us if we had a photo of Mrs. Marbles and I had never seen one. The program … Continue reading Dedication Program for Liller Maddox Marbles Recreation Center – 1962
How about this old newspaper clipping? It shows an early Monroe school bus, circa 1915, parked in front of Kern's Blacksmith Shop, which had built it. Kern's Blacksmith was located on Jackson Street right where Grammont comes in.
The Boy Scouts had Camp Ki-Ro-Li, but the Campfire Girls had Camp Walohi. W.R. Mitchell donated the land and the public donated the funds to build the buildings. By 1924 it was ready. The 1927 flood put three feet of water in the building, which floated the wood floorboards and busted out the windows. Repairs … Continue reading Camp Walohi at Lazarre Point
Louisville Avenue doesn't look like this anymore! These houses were all demolished or moved when Louisville became a business district around the 1940's.