Shreveport

Shreveport business entrepreneur Mary Bennett Cane was born 203 years ago this week in New Hampshire. Commentator Gary Joiner recognizes her influence on the Shreveport economy in its early days.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

Kate Archer Kent

Professional counselor Barbara Thorne-Thomsen of Shreveport retired from her practice this month. She turned 90 last week. Over the decades, she called her patients “clients” and their struggles became part of the fabric of her life.

“I just think I got to know the finest people in the world. I cared about them, and I knew a lot about them. We walked a lot of miles together,” Thorne-Thomsen said.

Kate Archer Kent

Dozens of Navy sailors are in Shreveport/Bossier putting on a variety of events at schools, delivering musical performances and parachute demonstrations, and lending a hand in community service activities to raise the Navy’s profile and put a face to this branch of the military. This Navy Week is one of 12 underway in select cities nationwide.

Torpedoman’s Mate Second Class Bradley Davis is aboard the USS Louisiana based at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington. He says it’s a bit intimidating to be in an Air Force community in the shadow of Barksdale Air Force Base.

Kate Archer Kent

The 16 Louisiana state-run museums will be open a lot less – at least until June 30 – due to mid-year budget cuts. At the McNeill Street Pumping Station in Shreveport, this tiny museum operation is to be open to visitors one day a week – at most. Dale Ward has been a diehard volunteer at the waterworks museum since 1999. The cuts came down as the museum hit a record number of visitors last year – 4,800, according to Ward.

Kate Archer Kent

A trio of early 1900s buildings in downtown Shreveport – including one on the city’s demolition list – are being brought back to life.

Pre-leasing is underway for more than 50 apartments on Texas Street. At a press conference Wednesday, city leaders announced the names of businesses that will open in the development, including a coffee shop, nightclub, sushi bar, and vintage clothier.

New Orleans developer Roland von Kurnatowski has been working to rehab the buildings for almost two years.

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