I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance
March 31 – August 30, 2014
in Upper and Lower Main Galleries
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the traveling exhibition, “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance,” produced by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force in partnership with LSU Libraries’ T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. “I Remember” will be on display from March 31 to August 30, 2014, in LSU’s Hill Memorial Library.
The exhibition features oral histories, photographs and original art depicting individuals who work, live, and play in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The exhibit features environmental portraits and landscape photographs by Lane Lefort and oil paintings by Marian Brister Martinez. Both artists are Louisiana natives and have used their artistic talents to capture the culture and heritage of the communities in coastal Louisiana. This interactive art show also includes QR codes that allow visitors to hear the stories of 11 coastal stewards on their smart phones and an interactive kiosk that includes video and audio clips from wetlands steward.
“Everyone’s story is important, and every perspective is relevant” says Jennifer Abraham Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at LSU. “People living in the last century in coastal Louisiana have witnessed ecology and culture on the fault lines of change and by telling their stories, they have much to offer in the way of valuable historical and cultural information that’s not found in textbooks.” Cramer states that “As older generations pass on, these stories become even more crucial.”
Archival materials from LSU Libraries Special Collections complement “I Remember,” and include an octavo edition of John J. Audubon’s Birds of America (1840) and close to 100 other items from every major collection within the Hill Memorial Library’s holdings. “Special Collections is thrilled to combine forces with CWPPRA for this important, informative, and rich exhibition. Making connections through exhibition of our rich and varied collections allows us to reach new audiences all the time. We welcome this opportunity to share and complement CWPPRA’s exhibition at Hill Memorial Library”, says Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Head of Special Collections.
LSU Libraries Special Collections holds a comprehensive collection of materials related to the history of the Lower Mississippi Valley region, of which wetlands are an integral part. Hosting the CWPPRA traveling exhibition “I Remember” is an opportunity to showcase works from every major collections housed within LSU Libraries Special Collections: Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (manuscripts and books), University Archives, Rare Book Collection, E. A. McIhenny Natural History Collection, and interviews conducted through the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Books, photographs and documents span two and a half centuries, and represent a variety of formats from original watercolor sketches to DVDs.
“Though the materials on exhibition from Special Collections reflect only a small sample of related collections in our holdings, the diversity of materials here serves as a metaphor for the rich natural and cultural resources that thrive in Louisiana’s fertile wetlands,” notes Leah Wood Jewett, Exhibitions Coordinator at Hill Memorial Library.
This unique exhibition has something for everyone, and is free and open to the public. The show will remain open for viewing through August 30, 2014. Several events will be planned for the public during the next few months.
For more information on CWPPRA, visit LACoast.gov or contact Susan Testroet-Bergeron at BergeronS@usgs.gov or call 337-266-8623.
CWPPRA is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects. Since its inception, 151 coastal restoration or protection projects have been authorized, benefiting over 112,000 acres in Louisiana.
To learn more about LSU Libraries Special Collections, visit www.lib.lsu.edu/special.
or contact Leah Wood Jewett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225- 578-6558.
More information on the exhibition and associated public programs will be added soon.
Also on Display
MEYER BROTHERS’ STORE RECORDS
LOUISIANA AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY COLLECTIONS
in the Reading Room
LSU Libraries Special Collections is exhibiting a selection of records from the Meyer Brothers’ store, a general merchandise store in the town of Clinton, Louisiana, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Meyer Brothers, Emanuel (circa 1840- ) and Henry (1842- ), were Jewish immigrants from Lachen, Bavaria. The Meyer Brothers’ Store operated on cotton sales and succeeded through utilizing a network of other Jewish businesses and individuals.
This exhibit contains documents that reflect the business and personal interactions of Jewish immigrants and a general merchandise store in small town in Louisiana. The exhibit depicts Emanuel and Henry’s involvement in the Jewish community, their connection to Bavaria and family, and their daily business operations with Jewish and non-Jewish merchants and patrons. The selection of documents in the exhibit are representative of larger collection of Meyer Brothers’ Store records that were recently reprocessed and available for research.
The larger collection of Meyer Brothers’ Store records contain family papers and business papers. The family papers consist of letters in German, Yiddish, and English from family members and friends in Germany and in the U. S. The letters pertain to business conditions and social life in Louisiana and Galveston, Texas. The Meyer brothers’ activity in the Feliciana Parish Jewish community is reflected in the record books of the Feliciana Lodge No. 239 of the International Order of B’nai B’rith. Meyer Brother’s Store records include correspondence, bills, receipts, and numerous volumes including ledgers, invoice books, letter books, journals, account books, cash books, cotton record books, and daybooks. These volumes not only document the Meyer Brothers’ business, but also that of other Jewish merchants.
For a full description of the collection, see the Finding Aid.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
A Preview of the Fall Exhibition
Through August 23, 2014
in the Lecture Hall
Cooperative Extension: Celebrating 100 Years commemorates the centennial of the passage of the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914. This act authorized the federal government to support, with matching state funds, the establishment of the Cooperative Extension Service at the land grant colleges. The Act supported the extension of the knowledge, research, and skills of land grant college faculty and staff to the public through extension offices, Field Day demonstrations, and the dissemination of publications related to “agriculture, uses of solar energy with respect to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy, and subjects relating thereto to persons not attending or resident in said colleges in the several communities . . .”
The scope of cooperative extension includes 4-H in schools, agricultural demonstration, leadership development, use and management of natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, and home management. These topics are illustrated with photographs, documents and publications from within the University Archives and oral histories collected through the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History.
The comprehensive exhibition planned for Fall 2014 is a collaborative project between the LSU College of Agriculture and LSU Libraries Special Collections.