Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for Regional Heritage Research is working to drive foot traffic into the restored Nacogdoches Railroad Depot. Research associate Dr. Kelley Snowden said the Loblolly model train display will attract hundreds of visitors. She plans exhibits and speakers at the Depot throughout the year.
"We really want the Depot to be a vital part of the city of Nacogdoches," Snowden said. "Since the Depot has been so beautifully restored, we want people to come here and see this piece of their history."
The city of Nacogdoches has renamed its public library to honor a public servant. Judy B. McDonald, the wife of the late commentator Archie McDonald, sat on the city commission for a decade before serving as Nacogdoches’ mayor for eight years. During that time she was staunch supporter of the library, always voting to keep its budget on par with other city services. At the dedication ceremony, McDonald said there was a reason why it needed the utmost defense.
Husband and wife videographers based in Fort Worth, Carl and Betsy Crum, are producing a documentary series for Texas PBS stations. “One Square Mile: Texas" will focus on nine miles in Texas to reveal the state's diversity of people and landscapes through first-person stories. Betsy Crum said they’ll traverse the Lone Star State to uncover the stories for the first five episodes in the TV series.
The then General Dwight D. Eisenhower pictured on a visit to Ohrdruf concentration camp, an effort to see firsthand why the fight had been so important.
A group of Alexandria business and civic leaders is preparing to build a Holocaust Memorial in front of Rapides Regional Medical Center. Rabbi Arnold Task, president of the Alexandria Holocaust Memorial Fund, said the site also will recognize Alexandria’s unique history in helping liberate Europe. The massive Army training exercises and mock battles to prepare soldiers for World War II took place in central Louisiana.
The cost of the traditional Thanksgiving spread is up 13.2 percent in Louisiana. Analysis from the LSU AgCenter found a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people will cost $44.35. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter extension economist, said that’s an increase of $5.16 from last year’s Baton Rouge average.
Guidry said it’s mainly due to the drought in the Midwest, which drove up the cost of feed for turkeys. The USDA projects a 2.5 to 3.5 percent price increase in all at-home food from 2011 to 2012.