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Note: Over the past several years I have posted links to materials for my students to use when researching Louisiana topics only to have the links fail or no longer exist resulting in the loss of material. What I have done here is get permission to copy the material with a link back to the original file. That way, if the original file is moved or removed, the research material is still available. However, I have not posted large graphic files (pictures); for that you will need to return to the original website.

  • Donna Douglas passes away - added January 2015
    • "Donna Douglas, best known for her role as the tomboy, critter-loving Elly May Clampett on the 1960s fish-out-of-water CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, died on New Year’s Day, according to WAFB Channel 9 in Louisiana, which cited family members. She was 81...."

    http://oceanspringsarchives.net/node/201
  • Fort Maurepas - added July 2013 - Fort Maurepas website - added January 2015
    • "When looking at Fort Maurepas and its place in history, one comes to realize that the locating of Fort Maurepas at Ocean Springs by Iberville was an accident..."

  • Sabine Lighthouse - added July 2013
    • "Hurricanes Rita and Ike took a toll on the Sabine Pass lighthouse, damaging the structure’s foundation..."

  • Sabine Pass Lighthouse - added July 2013
    • "Hurricanes Rita and Ike took a toll on the Sabine Pass lighthouse, damaging the structure’s foundation. ..."

  • Vinton's Ted Lyons - added July 2013
    • "When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, Lake Charles native and Vinton resident Ted Lyons was in the midst of a Hall of Fame career..."

  • A PDF Instagram idea - added Mar 2013
    • "I know this should be over in lesson ideas but it is a great worksheet that is current...."

  • Gerstner Field 2013 - added Mar 2013
    • "If ever there was a bright and shining promise that ended up under a dark star of misfortune, it was the military base built by the U.S. Army Air Service at Lake Charles to train pilots for aerial combat during the first World War...."

  • A Louisiana Purchase Map - added Mar 2013
    • "Just one of many I have come across..."

  • A U.S. Map from 1810 - added Mar 2013
    • "How many states existed in 1810..."

  • LC Ryan at the Alamo - added Mar 2013
    • "When the seige of the Alamo ended, 189 men were dead. Of the four from Louisiana, one was from Lake Charles; Isaac Ryan..."

  • Teacher Quits - added Mar 2013
    • "I feel that we as teachers have really had enough, and that someone needs to finally speak up. My name is Abby Breaux and I have been teaching for 25 years..."

  • Cattle Egrets - added Mar 2013
    • "In a world that has become increasingly hostile to birds, a small, snow-white, dry-land heron that arrived in the United States in the 1950s has grown to an estimated 8 million..."

  • Worse than the Alamo - added Mar 2013
    • "Everyone is familiar with the story of the Alamo. Well, almost everyone. The 13 day siege, the bravery displayed by Travis, Bowie, Crockett, and the others..."

  • Lake Charles: City of Year - added Feb 2013
    • "What does it take to make a good city great? This is the question Lake Charles city leaders asked in the early 2000s. Today, less than a decade after government, business and nonprofit leaders embarked on an ambitious program, the town and its surrounding parishes are welcoming a whopping $42 billion in new industry over the next few years..."

  • Lake Charles: City of Year (PDF) - added Feb 2013
    • "What does it take to make a good city great? This is the question Lake Charles city leaders asked in the early 2000s. Today, less than a decade after government, business and nonprofit leaders embarked on an ambitious program, the town and its surrounding parishes are welcoming a whopping $42 billion in new industry over the next few years..."

  • Attakapa-Ishak tribe - added Dec 2012
    • "A change in leadership is breathing new life into the Attakapa-Ishak tribe, a group of Native Americans located in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. Edward Chretien Jr. became the principal chief..."

  • CW Guerrillas - added Dec 2012
    • "During the Civil War, groups of so-called “partisan rangers” engaged in bloody campaigns of guerrilla attacks, raiding and psychological warfare against rival military units and civilians..."

  • Historical figures - added Dec 2012
    • "Even if you disagree with Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous remark that “history is a set of lies that people have agreed upon,” there’s little doubt that myths, misconceptions ..."

  • How Come? - added Dec 2012
    • "Old-fashioned conversation was filled with “expressions” that you seldom hear today, except from a few old people. They were heard from the early 1900s through the 1950s..."

  • In The Digital Age - added Dec 2012
    • "NEW ORLEANS — When the Times-Picayune decided to print three days a week, a nearby publication saw a chance to expand in the newspaper’s backyard and fill a void that for some in the New Orleans area is as much a part of the morning routine as beignets ..."

  • Coushatte Tribe - added Dec 2012
    • "ELTON — Members of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana visited Elton High School on Wednesday to share their culture and history with the nearly 500 students as part of Native American Month...."

  • Louisiana Economy - added Dec 2012
    • "Even the most devoted historians of Louisiana are quick to point out that the colony in the Mississippi Valley constitutes “a study in failure”..."

  • Fort Massachusetts - added Dec 2012
    • "Historic Fort Massachusetts is on West Ship Island, a barrier island 12 miles off the Mississippi Coast. The island is accessible only by private ..."

  • Fort Maurepas (as it is today) - added Dec 2012
    • "For those who have not cruised Front Beach lately, it might be interesting to them to know that their City government is expending much energy and money to improve and revitalize the site of the former, unfinished Fort Maurepas replica ..."

  • The Alamo's Ryan - added Dec 2012
    • "As the first ray of sunlight glimmered above the San Antonio horizon on that fateful day of March 6, 1836..."

  • Cantonment Atkinson - added Dec 2012
    • "A granite marker was first placed by Calcasieu Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution on the City Hall lawn in 1940, because the site of Fort Atkinson... (copied from McNeese State University with permission)"

  • Brief Louisiana history - added Dec 2012
    • "Louisiana is one of the southern states that borders on the Gulf of Mexico. This location makes the coastal areas..."

  • Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music - added July 2009
    • "Both Cajun music and the Creole music that evolved into Zydeco are the products of a combination of influences found only in Southwest Louisiana. According to Alan Lomax in his notes to a CD collection of field recordings..."

  • Galvez Patriots - added July 2009
    • "When the dust settled, the history books would be written in English, glorifying the newly formed nation with tales and stories close to home - from New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, etc."

  • A look at Fort Jesup - added June 2009
    • "FORT JESUP — While most of Louisiana came into the United States in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase, the western part of the state, including Lake Charles...” - Article from the June 8, 2009, Lake Charles American Press

  • A History of Louisiana Hurricanes - added June 2006
    • "State has centuries-old history of damaging storms." Article from the May 28, 2006, Lake Charles American Press

  • A Louisiana Civil War Soldier's Story - added June 2005
    • "In a letter written during the heart of the Civil War in the summer of 1863, the Confederate soldier confidently boasts of heading to Mississippi to take on the Union army. We "are going to Vicksburg to give the yanks a fight,... "

  • A Brief Look at Jimmie Davis
    • "There is a long and perhaps interesting history to be written about the uses of music in American politics. Richard Nixon, a parlor pianist for whom a talent in music seemed to soften the impression of a thug, would tickle, well, coerce, some music from the ivories once in a while on the campaign trail...."

  • Origin of South Louisiana Family Names - added June 2005
    • "Many of the more common family names of south-central Louisiana have their origins in Twelfth and Thirteenth Century Europe. They were taken-or given-to describe the man's place of residence, his occupation, his father's name or some physical characteristic ....."

  • Overview of Wallpaper Newspaper Editions - added June 2005
    • "As you look over a list of known Civil War wallpaper editions, it becomes evident that almost all of them were published in Louisiana. The question arises as to why Louisiana? The exact answer is unknown. Perhaps Louisiana had most of the Confederate wallpaper factories ....."

  • First of Many: Louisiana Native Guards - added June 2005
    • "In general histories of the war, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry is usually presented as being the first African-American regiment in the Union Army to experience the trial of combat. In fact, the 54th Massachusetts' assault on Battery Wagner took place almost two months after ....."

  • General Andrew Jackson: Old Hickory's Finest Hour - added June 2005
    • "British gunners now turned their attention to the merchant ship Louisiana, a mile up the river. She had been equipped with twenty-four-pounders manned by a crew impressed from the hundreds of idle seamen on the New Orleans ....."

  • A poem about the Battle of New Orleans
    • "Here in my rude log cabin, Few poor men there be, Among the mountain ranges, Of Eastern Tennessee. My limbs are weak and shrunken, White hairs upon my brow, My dog....."

  • Toledo Bend Campaign material, cira 1960
    • "The people of Louisiana and Texas have found in their own back yard something more valuable to them than a gold mine - something that will continue to flow wealth into the area in greater value each succeeding year for generations to come. This is the Toledo Bend Dam Project....."

  • A Brief Look at Huey Long
    • "Huey Long - born 1893 into middle class, landowning family of Winn Parish in north-central LA. He was a "gifted" student (photographic memory) but quit school 1910 to become traveling salesman 4 years successfully selling canned goods and patent medicines...."

  • A Brief Look at Earl Long
    • "Earl K. Long, Governor of Louisiana from 1939 - 1940, 1948 - 1952 and 1956 - 1960, was one of the most colorful (famous, infamous, and outrageous) governors of Louisiana during the twentieth century. His notoriety is challenged only by the likes of his older brother, Huey P. Long, Jimmy Davis, and Edwin Edwards....."

  • A Brief History of Louisiana's Flags
    • "1519 - Alonso Alvarez de Pineda led an expedition along the northern shore of the Gulf of Mexico and discovered the mouth of a great river which may have been the Mississippi....."

  • The Luisiana Infantry 1765-1821
    • "Initially established and manned by peninsular Spanish regulars in 1765 as an infantry battalion to occupy Luisiana, acquired from France three years earlier, what would ultimately become the veteran and professional Regimiento de Infantería de Luisiana...."

  • OLD LOUISIANA LUXURY TAX TOKENS
    • "These are old Louisiana 1 mill luxury tax tokens. They have the same thing on both sides. They are made of aluminum and 7/8" in diameter.Sales tax tokens were made in great quantities starting in 1935...."

  • Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Home
    • "Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederacy. visited Beauvoir twice during the mid 1870's. Impressed by its natural beauty and serenity, the aging leader accepted an invitation to write his memoirs at the estate. (Pictures from the site)"

  • Fort Maurepas
    • "Photos of the recreated Fort Maurepas in Vieux Biloxi (Ocean Springs today), Mississippi."

  • Louisiana's 1805 Counties
    • "The County of Orleans shall comprehend all that portion of the country lying on both sides of the river Mississippi from Balize to the beginning of the Parish of St. Charles, including the Parishes of St. Bernard and St. Louis......"

  • Fort Recreates Rugged Military Life
    • "Standing in the middle of the compound, surveying the fort's rough-hewn structures and the nine-foot high palisade surrounding them, it's easy to imagine the air filled with voices speaking in French, Indian - even Spanish. You can almost see the commandant, Louis Juchereau......"

  • Islenos'/Canary Island Colonists
    • "In 1778, the very recent Spanish Islenos' militia/colonists families of Louisiana from the Canary Islands, in their small regiment with a few french, creole, Americans and Indians, under General B. Galvez for King Carlos of Spain, attacked ......"

  • Louisiana in 1699
    • "In 1699, when the 38-year-old Canadian Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville founded the colony of Louisiana, 16,000 French colonists resided along the Saint Lawrence ..."

  • The Bayougoula Indians
    • "Taking into account the horrific drop in the native populations of the region after 1540, an estimate of 3,000 Bayougoula in 1650 appears reasonable. In 1699..."

  • Louisiana Creoles: An American Tale
    • "This unit focuses on the French Creoles of Louisiana, their history, holidays and customs, music, dress, food, and language. Creole life today will be mentioned as evidence ..."

  • Landing at Dauphin Island
    • "On an overcast and rainy day in early February, 1699, Pierre Le Moyne Sieur d'Iberville anchored off shore of what later became know as French Louisiana. Today, ..."

  • Fort Louis de la Louisiane
    • "As tension between the French and Spanish forces heated up, the two countries sent many ships and expeditions to the Gulf. In 1702, French explorers ..."

  • Forts Along The Gulf
    • "Iberville, sent by Louis XIV to settle his lands, planned to throw the English traders out of the Gulf Coast area and attack the English colonies ..."

  • King Louis XV Family Tree
    • "A look at the family tree for Kings Louis XV and XIV plus link to charts for other royal families ..."

  • Kings Louis XIV & XV
    • "Louis XIV, the King of France was born in 1638 at St. Germain-en-Laye France. Louis XIV succeeded his father Louis XIII, when he was only four. Anne ..."

  • Pierre Lemoyne d'Iberville
    • "Captain de Fregate Pierre Lemoyne d'Iberville was the most distinguished Canadian naval officer of his age. His military career began in 1686, with an expedition against ..."

  • Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
    • "La Salle was born in France in 1643. He received his education through Jesuit schools, and planned to enter the priesthood himself. However, in an age of ..."

  • Versailles: Fit for a king?
    • "Louis XIV of France considered himself a glorious king, so he decreed that a glorious palace be built at Versailles, 11 miles southwest of Paris. And while ..."

  • Fort Maurepas
    • "After leaving the Spanish fort at Pensacola, Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d' Iberville sailed west to Mobile Bay and anchored off Dauphin Island, which he named Ile Massacre because ..."

  • LaSalle and Matagorda Bay
    • "You remember that La Salle was the French explorer who had a prominent career in Canada, or New France, and the upper midwest and the Great ..."

  • Governors
    • "The complete list of Louisiana governors, parties, and terms in office. W.C.C. Claiborne, Jeff Republic, 1812-1815; Jacques Villieré, Jeff Republic, 1816-1820; Thomas B. Robertson ..."

  • 1890 History of Natchitoches
    • "The act of April 10, 1805, divided Louisiana Territory into twelve parishes, Orleans, German Coast, Acadia, La Fourche, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, Attakapas, Opelousas, Natchitoches, Rapides, Ouachita and Concordia. Avoyells was established ..."

  • Bonnie and Clyde
    • "In a small farm outside of Dallas, Texas on March 24, 1909, Clyde Champion Barrow was born. Being from a poor family of eight his parents sent their children away to different family members in surrounding areas..."

  • Bonnie and Clyde
    • "Bonnie and Clyde; two vicious killers. Bonnie's real name was Bonnie Parker. She lived from 1910 to 1934. Clyde's real name was Clyde Champion Barrow..."

  • Bonnie Parker Poem
    • "You've read the story of Jesse James--Of how he lived and died; If you're still in need Of something to read Here's the story of Bonnie and Clyde...."

  • Clyde's Death Shirt Sells
    • "Bidding for outlaw Clyde Barrow's "death shirt" Monday stirred up memories of one of the Depression era's most notorious couples....."

  • William Charles Cole Claiborne
    • "When the Territory of Orleans was admitted to the Union in 1812 as the state of Louisiana, Claiborne was elected governor and served until 1816...."

  • Haunted New Orleans
    • "The people of New Orleans are as strange and wondrous a mix as the city itself, reveling in its French heritage and its segregation from American culture. The melting pot of the city is European, African and Cuban, creating a strange blend of style and usually Catholic-based traditions which sometimes puzzle the outsider. ..."

  • Louisiana Terms
    • "Andouille (an-doh-ee)- A popular Cajun sausage made from 100% pork. Barbecued Shrimp- barbecued shrimp, right? Wrong! Shrimp that is served in a peppery "hot" butter sauce, in its own shell, with the head still on. Popular across south Louisiana. Bayou (by-you)...."
  • Republic of West Florida
    • "This flag flew over the Free and Independent State of West Florida from September 23 to December 6, 1810....."
  • Both Louisiana State Songs
    • "Lyrics and Midi music for both You Are My Sunshine and Give Me Louisiana plus a link to material on the music career of Gov. Jimmie Davis..."




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