Wed March 18, 2015

Northwestern State inks partnership with Natchitoches museum, state museum system

Northwestern State president Jim Henderson, Jennae Biddiscombe, director, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum; Mark Tullos Jr., Louisiana State Museum director; and Tom Whitehead, NSU special projects administrator meet to sign a cooperative endeavor agreement.
Credit Northwestern State University

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches has formed a partnership with its university neighbor, Northwestern State, and the Louisiana State Museum System.

The cooperative endeavor agreement between two state agencies will pave the way for collaborations in areas like marketing, programming and educational efforts, according to Doug Ireland, chairman of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and NSU’s assistant athletic director.

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Thu February 26, 2015

Kilgore College Rangerettes receive Texas Medal of Honor

Credit Texas Cultural Trust

The Texas Medal of Arts was handed out Wednesday in Austin honoring prominent creative talent with Texas ties. The honorees included music industry giant T Bone Burnett and actor Jamie Foxx. But the medal also celebrated a living art -- the Kilgore College Rangerettes.

The executive director of the Texas Cultural Trust Jennifer Ransom Rice told Texas Standard producer Laura Rice that the Rangerettes are iconic.

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Wed February 25, 2015

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to honor Cokie Roberts

Credit ABC News

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has announced it will honor New Orleans native Cokie Roberts as its Humanist of the Year. Over the past 30 years, the award has been given out annually by the state’s humanities council as part of an effort to recognize the artists, authors and organizations making valuable contributions to the culture of the state.

The LEH’s Brian Boyles says NPR’s senior news analyst and ABC News’ political commentator was a perfect fit for the award.

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Thu February 5, 2015

African American history in Marshall, Texas, chronicled in new video

The Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board will debut a 30-minute video Thursday that showcases the city’s African American heritage. It’s called “The Buard History Trail.”

The video is a montage of interviews and historic photos that highlight the local Civil Rights leaders whose work altered America’s racial divide. The trail shows some of the places where this history happened, and makes the case that African Americans made a remarkable contribution to Marshall’s growth and development.

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Wed February 4, 2015

LSU Shreveport historian completes Russian war memoirs anthology

LSU Shreveport military historian Alexander Mikaberidze is an expert on the Napoleonic Era, and has a doctorate from Florida State University.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A military historian at LSU Shreveport is out with his third volume in an ongoing anthology of Russian memoirs that are part of the “Eyewitness Accounts” series.

Alexander Mikaberidze read more than 4,200 pages of Russian diaries, memoirs and reports about Napoleonic Wars involving Russia for his latest effort.

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