Bea Denham Diary 1941 – Complete

Bea Bryan Denham Diary – 1941 Louisiana State Archives, N1998- 5                                                                                         …

Hoof Beats in the Theater

My Dad once told me the story of the time “Tex” Ritter came riding down the aisle of the local movie theater on his horse before the showing of one of his singing cowboy films.  I was a little skeptical.  I mean, that’s quite a stunt for the little beachfront theater in Bay Saint Louis,…

The Four-Sided Pentagon

One of the first questions asked by any visitor to the Pentagon Barracks in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is, “Where is the fifth building?” There is a space for it, but there are only four, hefty-columned brick buildings in a pentagon arrangement with the fifth side open to the river.   This architectural anomaly, originally designed…

Faces Lost to Time…almost

As an historian and genealogist, one of the saddest things for me is to find a box of old photos in an antique store with no name written on the backs of the photographs to identify the person or persons pictured.  The photos were possibly left in a drawer or an album at a time…

“I am the only Primitive Naive Acadian Artist.”

“I am the only Primitive Naive Acadian Artist,” she would always tell me.  Mrs. Mary Anne Pecot De Boisblanc was indeed the only known Primitive Naive Acadian Artist designated as such. Her art is classified as “primitive” because of its simplistic ethnic content. It is noted as “naive” due to the style in which this simple…

Veteran Voices Project

The Veteran Voices Project is something that has been in my heart for many years now, but has finally come to fruition.  This project consists of interviewing veterans about their service and making a public space where these stories can be told.  So I have created a new blog called Veteran Voices. (www.vetvoices.wordpress.com)  I hope…

The Guice Box

I have been in possession of the Guice Box for several years now. It is a well-built, sturdy, varnished box emblazoned with the Guice family crest on top and trimmed out with brass handles and latch. I came to acquire it in a roundabout way. In 2008 my mother and I traveled with other members…

Life on Byron Street: Christmastime – 1960’s Style

Every Christmas season our little noses were pressed against the store windows of Delmont Village Shopping Center which was located just a couple of blocks from Byron Street.  We closely inspected every detail of the colorful, animated window displays. The mechanical elves slowly repeated their movements as they sawed, hammered, and painted the toys they…

Life on Byron Street: Grandma’s House

We didn’t have to go over the river and through the woods to get to my Grandma’s house, because she lived right down the street from us.  That meant that I spent lots of time in that little red-brick house. I spent much of my time in her kitchen “helping” her cook.  As a former…