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In Memoriam: Past President and Fellow M. Scott Legan

Memorial services celebrating the life of Marshall Scott Legan, 77, retired Professor of History and History Department Head at ULM, will be held Thursday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Northminster Church in Monroe, LA. The services will be conducted by Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy and Dr. Steve Jolly under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home.

Born February 17, 1940, he passed away at St. Francis Hospital on Saturday, May 6th after a short illness. Visitation with the family is scheduled for Thursday, May 11 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Northminster Church. At his request he will be cremated, with his ashes divided between the columbarium at Northminster Church and his home in Mississippi.

A native of Louisville, Mississippi, Scottie was a graduate of Mississippi State University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of Mississippi (Ph. D). He came to ULM in August 1968 and remained on the faculty until his retirement in May, 2007. He served as Head of the History Department for 10 years. In addition to the time spent with the teaching and administrative duties, his specialty in the South and the years of the Civil War led him into additional research and the publishing of several articles on the subject. He also directed several M.A. theses on local history. He held memberships in the Mississippi Historical Society, Louisiana Historical Association, Northeast Louisiana Historical Society and the Southern Historical Society.

Scottie remained active after retirement in several ways: he was always a voracious reader and worked with the Monroe Symphony League Book Room for years until shortly before his death. He was an active member of Northminster Church. His interest in the welfare of animals led to his involvement with ORVAL, the Ouachita River Valley Animal League. Country music was always a passion with Scottie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Legan, parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Howell Henson and brother-in-law, Hal Henson. He is survived by Bobbye Legan, his wife of 56 years, their two children, Lauri Legan Brown and Timothy Scott Legan, and granddaughters Anna Laurin Brown and Laura Ashley Brown, both of Meridian, Mississippi. He is also survived by a sister-in-law and her husband, Tricia and Terry Collier, sister-in-law, Donna Henson, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, colleagues, friends, and his beloved dog, Prissy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Northminster Church, 2701 Lamy Lane, Monroe, LA, Monroe Symphony League, 320 N. 4th St., Monroe, LA, ORVAL, 2411 Pargoud Landing, Monroe, LA, or a charity of your choice. Online Registry/Condolences: Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Road Monroe, LA.


LHA Amos E. Simpson Travel Award

The LHA will offer two short-term travel awards for 2017. Each grant will provide a stipend of $1000 for research in Louisiana archives and collections. These grants are designed to assist scholars interested in Louisiana history, for whom distance and expense present a substantial obstacle to research in the state's rich archives. Complete applications are due by March 15, 2017, for travel between May 1, 2017 and September 15, 2017.


These awards are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, with current members of the LHA receiving preference. Those without significant means of institutional support will receive special consideration. Applicants who do not reside in the U.S. must indicate their citizenship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already hold the J-1 visa or equivalent documents that will allow them to accept the stipend. The LHA cannot facilitate visas.

To Apply

Submit the following in one PDF document to James Wilson at A letter of recommendation, if required (see below), should be sent directly from the recommender.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vita of no more than 4 pages
  3. Description of the research project (2 pages, double-spaced) to include:
    1. a title and description of the project
    2. a statement explaining the historiographical significance of the proposed work
    3. an indication of the specific archives and/or collections in Louisiana the applicant will use
  4. One-page bibliography of the most relevant secondary works on the topic
  5. Brief project budget

Letter of Recommendation (only for those applicants who do not hold a Ph.D.). The letter must come from a tenured scholar who is familiar with the applicant's work and the project being proposed. Letter writers should send their recommendation electronically to James Wilson at from their university e-mail account, with "LHA Letter for [Applicant's Name]" in the subject line.


Recipients will be required to submit a 1-2 page report to detailing their research itinerary and how the grant furthered their project by October 1, 2017. LHA financial support must be acknowledged in any publication resulting from this funded research. Please address all LHA grant-related questions to James Wilson at the e-mail address above.

 Call for Nominations Extended

The LHA Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for three positions on the association's Board of Directors. Nominations for Vice President, Managing Editor, and Secretary-Treasurer have been closed.

Nomination for the Board of Directors should be sent to Professor Christopher Stacey ( no later than February 24.


CFP: Hugh F. Rankin Graduate Prize in Louisiana History


The Hugh F. Rankin Prize is awarded each year to the graduate student in history who submits the best unpublished article-length essay in Louisiana history or a related topic. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program at either the M.A. or Ph.D. level, and the essay must be based on original research. Part-time graduate students are eligible. The award will be a cash prize, to be presented at the banquet of the LHA's annual meeting. The winning essay will be considered for publication in the LHA journal Louisiana History.  The deadline for submission is February 1, 2017. Please send submissions to: Dr. Michael S. Martin, Managing Editor, Louisiana Historical Association:


P. O. Box 43558

Lafayette, LA



Call for Nominations

The Louisiana Historical Association is currently accepting nominations for the following positions:


-Managing Editor

-Board of Directors - three positions


Detailed descriptions of the terms and responsibilities of each office is contained within the bylaws of the LHA, which can be downloaded from the LHA website,

Nominators should secure a resume or curriculum vitae from the nominee and verify that they are willing to accept the position before submitting nominations. Nominations for open positions will be accepted until February 1, 2017 and should be directed to the chairperson of the LHA Nominations Committee via email to or via standard mail to:



c/o Prof. Christopher L. Stacey

Behavioral and Social Sciences Department

8100 Hwy 71 South

Alexandria, LA 71302


In Memoriam: Marie E. Windell

 Marie E. Windell, who has died at age 96, was a long-time member of the Earl K. Long Library staff at the University of New Orleans. A Missouri native, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stephens College in Columbia and was ABD from the University of Minnesota, where she studied under the internationally noted European historian John B. Wolfe. Thereafter she became head of reference and research at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, Delaware, where she continued until her husband, Dr. George G. Windell, left the University of Delaware in 1969 to join the UNO Department of History as its first coordinator of graduate studies. In the early 1970s she was an adjunct instructor of French history in the department.

 Following the death of Dr. Windell in 1979, Chancellor Homer L. Hitt created a place for her on the library staff and gave her responsibility for conserving and making accessible the archives of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, which the Court had recently deposited at UNO. The assignment was daunting because the collection had been badly deranged before it came to the library. Mrs. Windell approached the task with a persistent energy that became the hallmark of her effort for the ensuing twenty-five years. She secured grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to microfilm the antebellum case files and direct the project. She also assisted students, scholars, and other researchers in exploring the collection and as a result it became the underpinning of hundreds of papers, articles, and books.

 An active scholar in her own right, Windell routinely presented at professional conferences and contributed book chapters and articles to a variety of publications. She was a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, the Southern Historical Association, and the Louisiana Historical Association, among others. Windell bore great affection for UNO. She counted staff and faculty among her closest friends, and she was unfailingly helpful to students. For years she underwrote a lecture series in memory of Dr. Windell that brought internationally known European historians to campus and endowed the George G. Windell Memorial Prize in History for the best MA thesis in a given year.

 She retired in 2006 and removed to Plattsburg, Missouri, to live near relatives until her death shortly after Christmas.


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