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2017 Annual Meeting


The Louisiana Historical Association will hold its 59th Annual Meeting in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 16-18 at the Wyndham Garden Shreveport.


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Registration                                      10:00–4:00 p.m.

Nominations Committee                10:30–11:00 a.m.

Publications Committee                 10:30–11:00 a.m.

Teaching Committee                      10:30–11:00 a.m.

Board of Directors                   11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


Session I-A                   Broadmoor               3:00–4:15 p.m.


The North Louisiana Historical Association, 1956-2017:
Celebrating 60 Years of Publishing
Mary Linn Wernet, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Chair

Alan S. Thompson, Louisiana State University-Shreveport
Philip Cook, Louisiana Tech University
Emilia Gay Griffith Means, Retired History Instructor
Kathleen T. Smith, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Comment:   The Audience


Session I-B                          Highland                3:00–4:15 p.m.

Practices in Teaching Louisiana History
V. Elaine Thompson, Louisiana Tech University, Chair

“Discovering Shreveport’s Secrets: Learning about Louisiana’s
History from Student Research”
Samuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Centenary College of Louisiana

“An Intellectual Biography of New Orleans’s ‘Duke of Education’: George Solé and the Changing Landscape of College Instruction in South Louisiana, 1856-1926”
R. Eric Platt & Cristin Lee Reynolds, Univ. of Southern Mississippi

Comment:  The Audience


***   LHA THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL 6-8:00 p.m.   ***

"An Introduction to the Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS and the
James Smith Noel Collection

Co-hosted with the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association

LSU Shreveport Archives & Special Collections, Noel Memorial Library
 (1 University Place, Shreveport, La.)



FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017


Session II-A          Broadmoor             9:00–10:15 a.m.

A Forum on Louisiana and World War II: A National World War II Museum Exhibit 2017-2018
William Robison, Southeastern Louisiana University, Moderator

Kimberly Guise, National World War II Museum
James Linn, National World War II Museum
Capt. Richard Moran (LNG Ret.), La. Maneuvers and Military Museum
Jerry Sanson, Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Comment:  The Audience


Session II-B                   Highland             9:00–10:15 a.m.

New Perspectives on Early Louisiana
Virginia Gould, Tulane University, Chair


“The Royal Physician Botanists, Medicinal Plants, and
Pharmacy in French Colonial Louisiana”
Boris Teske, Louisiana Tech University

“Conversations at the Café des Réfugiés: Public Rights and Transatlantic Democracy in Early Nineteenth-Century New Orleans”
Robyn R. Andermann, Louisiana State University

Comment:  Emily Clark, Tulane University


Session II-C                        Youree              9:00–10:15 a.m.

Identity & Community: Immigrants in Louisiana
Thomas Cox, Sam Houston State University, Chair

“From Barquentines to Banana Boats: Atlantic Commodity, Memory, and the Roots of Sicilian New Orleans”
Justin A. Nystrom, Loyola University New Orleans

“‘There would be found nowhere in this land more patriotic hearts’: Revisiting the German-Americans of New Orleans during World War I”
Andreas Hübner, University of Kassel

“‘Imagined Communities:’ Universal Brotherhood, Freemasonry, and Education in Antebellum New Orleans”
Petra Munro Hendry, Louisiana State University

Comment:  Laura Kelley, Tulane University



Session III-A          Broadmoor           10:30–11:45 a.m.

Gentility, Civility, and Results: White Women’s
Activism in Louisiana across Two Centuries
Mary Farmer-Kaiser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Chair

“‘Adjusting Democracy for Human Welfare’: Club Women’s
Activism among Native Americans in Louisiana”
Gabrielle Walker, Louisiana College

“Resisting Ladyhood: Sarah Towles Reed’s Fights for
Equal Rights and Academic Freedom”
Leslie Parr, Loyola University

“Tender Hearts and Business Heads: New Orleans Women
and the Poydras Home, 1817-1857”
Pamela Tyler, University of Southern Mississippi

Comment:  The Audience


Session III-B                   Highland          10:30–11:45 a.m.

Social Change, State Problems,
and the Legacy of the Longs
Michael Martin, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Chair

“The Donald Meets the Kingfish: Comparing the Populism
of Donald J. Trump and Huey P. Long”
Alex J. McManus, Tulane University

“Socialism in Louisiana: Populism to the Great Depression”
Ali Katherine Nabours, Louisiana State University

“‘No Long Ever Asked You to Reward a People that Cut their Throat:’ President Lyndon B. Johnson Rejects Senator Russell Long’s
Plea for a Post Office for Shreveport”
Ralph W. Brown III, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Comment:  Michael Martin, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Session III-C                       Youree             10:30–11:45 a.m.

Battlefronts of Race & the Law
Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, Sam Houston State University, Chair

“‘I’ve been here from the start, and I’m staying to the finish’:
‘The Cheerleaders’ and New Orleans’s Desegregation Crisis”
Rebecca Brückmann, University of Cologne

“‘Bloody Caddo’: The Court Battles Over North
Louisiana’s Black-Owned Oil Lands”
Henry Wiencek, University of Texas at Austin

Comment:  LaGuana K. Gray, University of Texas at San Antonio



***   PHI ALPHA THETA LUNCHEON 12:00- 1:00 P.M.   ***


““Fugitives and Refugees in the Thirteenth Century:
The Egyptian Crusade (1244-1254) of King Louis IX of France”
Dr. Jochen Burgtorf,
Professor of History, California State University, Fullerton
National President, Phi Alpha Theta


Session IV-A          Broadmoor                1:15–2:30 p.m.

Regional Problems, National Issues: The Gay Rights Movement in Louisiana
Alecia P. Long, Louisiana State University, Chair

“‘The Only Safe Closet is the Voting Booth’:
The Gay Rights Movement in Louisiana”
Bryan David, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“‘By Keeping It Quiet, I Can’t Help Anyone Else Understand It’:
People Living with AIDS and Activist Testimony in Louisiana”
Daniel Manuel, Rutgers University

Comment:  The Audience

Session IV-B                   Highland               1:15–2:30 p.m.

Mapping Slavery: Technologies of Knowledge
Scott P. Marler, University of Memphis, Chair

“Technologies of Capitalism: Slavery and Accounts in
Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley”
Ian W. Beamish, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“Slave Origins in Colonial and Early Republic Louisiana:
Rethinking Gwendolyn Midlo Hall’s Slave Database”
Patrick Luck, Florida Polytechnic University

Comment:  Ibrahima Seck, Whitney Plantation

Session IV-C                       Youree                1:15–2:30 p.m.

Redefining the Sportsman’s Paradise
Robert Ticknor, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Chair

“The Legend of Eddie Robinson Reconsidered”
Brian M. McGowan, Grambling State University

“Racing and Slavery in Antebellum Louisiana, 1840-1865”
Nikki Williams Sebastian, Emory University

“Playing the Bayou: Louisiana in Historical Video Games”
Robert Whitaker, Louisiana Tech University

Comment: Edward Haas, Wright State University (Retired)

Session V-A          Broadmoor             2:45–4:00 p.m.

Professional Wrestling Historiography:
National & International Trends

Christopher L. Stacey, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, Chair

“The Hollywood Outside Agitator vs. the King of Memphis: The Jerry Lawler-Andy Kaufman Wrestling Feud and the Political and Cultural Climate of the Post-Civil Rights South, 1981-82”
Christopher L. Stacey, Louisiana State University at Alexandria

“‘Make Believers Out of Everybody’: Violence, Memory,
and the Wrestling Career of Magnum T.A.”
Charles Westmoreland, Jr., Delta State University

“‘Is this your American way, Duggan?’:
Ethnicity, International Crises, and Professional Wrestling”
Charles J. Pellegrin, Northwestern State University

“Rikidozan: Korean Icon of Japanese Nationality?”
Aaron D. Horton, Alabama State University

Comment:  Thomas Aiello, Valdosta State University


Session V-B                   Highland               2:45–4:00 p.m.

Teaching the College Survey as a Dual Enrollment Course: A Syllabus Workshop
Andrew C. McKevitt, Louisiana Tech University, Chair

John Lary, Dual Enrollment Instructor, World History,
Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

Paula Rowe, Dual Enrollment Instructor, U.S. History,
Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

Comment: Charity Wait Rakestraw, U.S. History, Western Governors University,
and Kristen D. Burton, World History, La. Tech University



Session V-C                      Youree                2:45–4:00 p.m.

Pioneering Women in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans
Miki Pfeffer, Nicholls State University, Chair

“Voices of Progress: New Orleans Women and
Social Justice in the late Nineteenth Century”
Amanda McFillen, The Historic New Orleans Collection

“Year of Dedication and Discovery: Grace King’s Letters of 1887”
Miki Pfeffer, Nicholls State University

“Louise Destrehan Harvey: A Pioneer Business Woman in the Nineteenth Century New Orleans, Louisiana”
Judy Pinter, Destrehan Plantation

Comment:  Karen T. Leathem, Louisiana State Museum


Session VI-A             Ballroom C         4:15–5:30 p.m.

History Lost? Saving Louisiana’s Archival Heritage:
A Plenary Discussion

Michelle Riggs, Archivist, Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian, State Library of Louisiana
Doug Harrison, Conservator, Louisiana State Archives
C. Preston Huff, National Archives and Records Administration

Comment:  The Audience



***   CASH BAR 6:00- 7:00 P.M.  *** 

***   ANNUAL BANQUET 7:00- 9:00 P.M.  ***  

Virginia Gould, LHA Vice-President, Tulane University, presiding



“‘Repudiating the Emancipation Proclamation, and
Re-establishing Slavery’: The Abolition of Slavery in
the Lower Mississippi Valley and the United States”
John Rodrigue, Stonehill College




Session VII-A          Broadmoor             9:00–10:15 a.m.

Methodist Women and Progressive Activism, 1939-1984
Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University, Chair

“The Ruth Carter Auxiliary: Women’s Support for
People’s Community Center in New Orleans’s Central City”
Ellen Blue, Phillips Theological Seminary

“African American Nursing Students at Flint-Goodridge
Hospital and Dillard University, 1932-1964”
Cory Sparks, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

“Southern Women and the Methodist Social Creed, 1945-1984”
Janet Allured, McNeese State University

Comment:  Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University

Session VII-B                   Highland             9:00–10:15 a.m.

Concerns of a Liquid Coast: Tracing
Louisiana’s 21st Century Environmental Crisis

Scott A. Hemmerling, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Chair

“Crisis on the Coast: How Hurricane Katrina Impacted
Coastal Restoration in Louisiana”
Rebecca B. Costa, Louisiana State University

“A History of the Vanishing Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana”
Heather Stone, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Comment: Donald W. Davis, Louisiana State University Sea Grant


Session VII-C                    Youree              9:00–10:15 a.m.

A Culture of Creativity: Commodifying the Pelican State
Jeff Anderson, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Chair

“Dispatches from the Past: A History of Postcard
Manufacturing in New Orleans, 1900 to 1915”
Matthew Griffis, University of Southern Mississippi

“Place and Identity: An Examination of the Film Cane River”
Keilah Spann, National Park Service Southeast Regional Office

“Characteristics of Millennial Cajun Music Fans: Psychological
Analysis of Personality and Alternative Music Preferences”
T. Scott Smith and Victoria Thomas, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Comment:  The Audience


***   LHA BUSINESS MEETING 10:30-11:00 A.M.   ***   






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