Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hope you're enjoying the day with fun costumes and parties, just like these members of the Bossier Mothers' Club did in the 1970s. Our "Haunted Bossier" exhibit will be up until mid-November, so stop by the History Center to learn some of the scary stories about the parish!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fall Festival

The Bossier Parish Central Library and the Historical Center will be celebrating the season with our Fall Festival next Tuesday, the 30th. The library will have pumpkin painting, games, candy tours, face painting, and giveaways. Be sure to stop in the History Center to see our Haunted Bossier exhibit, go on our scavenger hunt, and make spooky ghost treat bags. Fall Festival events are from 9 am through 6 pm.

Monday, October 1, 2012

RELIC Books: One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End

This week on Thurs. Oct. 4 (note the change in schedule) for the RELIC book discussion series on the Civil War in Louisiana we will be discussing Dr. Gary Joiner’s book One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864 - with a special visit from Dr. Joiner himself!

The title of the book is a quote from General William Tecumseh Sherman as he summed up the Union’s massive failure that was the Red River Campaign. The campaign was the Union's attempt to capture Shreveport and take Louisiana and Texas out of Confederate hands (and while they were at it, free up some cotton to get the New England textile mills running again). Dr. Joiner’s intimate knowledge of the geography of the Red River Valley shines through in his descriptions of Confederate strategy to keep at bay 40,000 Union troops and sixty naval vessels that voyaged up the Red River toward the Confederate capitol of Louisiana, Shreveport.