For the Love of History Blog

My favorite Halloween blog has been posting this month! "For the Love of History" posts every October daily stories of North Louisiana murders. She has already told a few that happened in Ouachita Parish: https://erinantley.wordpress.com/2022/10/09/october-9-2022-ben-littlepage/ https://erinantley.wordpress.com/2022/10/18/october-17-2022-the-murder-of-tecumsah-claude-moore/ https://erinantley.wordpress.com/2022/10/23/october-23-2022-the-mildred-thomas-murder/ https://erinantley.wordpress.com/2022/10/10/october-22-2022-the-colony-cemetery/

A List of Old Ouachita Parish Plantations

A coworker of mine is working on organizing our vertical file materials and I got nosy last week and opened one of the vertical files she had on her desk. Inside was a couple of handwritten pages compiled by J.B. Filhiol, Sr. with the date of August 1946. The pages listed the plantation homes he … Continue reading A List of Old Ouachita Parish Plantations

My 1,000th Post With Some Important Announcements!

First of all, thank all of you who have stopped by my little corner of the internet to read my ramblings! I wanted an outlet for all my little Ouachita parish history tidbits I happened to stumble across, mainly to keep for future reference! I am just tickled pink (and greatly humbled) that you all … Continue reading My 1,000th Post With Some Important Announcements!

Dedication Program for the Monroe Civic Center

On September 2, 1967, the Monroe Civic Center formally opened to the public. I found the following program for sale on Ebay and bought it. The small strips were flaps on the end of the back page/cover. I will be donating it to the library for preservation. Front Cover Inside First Page Inside second page … Continue reading Dedication Program for the Monroe Civic Center

Ouachita Parish Newspapers Searchable for Free!

In the past, I have told you about the Chronicling America site, which has newspapers digitized from the 1800s. The Louisiana Digital Library, in cooperation with LSU, is now digitizing state newspapers and has them organized by parish! Here is a link to Ouachita Parish's: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/louisiananewspapers-ouachita:collection. Right now, the Ouachita Citizen is digitized and searchable … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Newspapers Searchable for Free!

A Lost Grave at Travelers Rest Plantation

I have a personal subscription to Newspapers.com and have noticed that they have now digitized the Ouachita Citizen from 1925 to 1976. While playing around with search terms, I found an article in the April 16, 1931 edition which talks about Travelers Rest plantation. The following paragraph caught my eye: Perhaps the outstanding historical spot … Continue reading A Lost Grave at Travelers Rest Plantation