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Book Signing and Lecture Event Saturday, December 21

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Louisiana State University, by Barry Cowan

Louisiana State University, by Barry Cowan

Join us on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10:30 am until noon for an exciting event celebrating the publication of Assistant University Archivist Barry Cowan’s new book, Louisiana State University. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

During this special event, Cowan will offer a short talk about the book and share images and anecdotes. Copies of the book will be on sale, and Barry will sign copies for visitors. A reception will follow the talk. “I hope the book will provide not only entertainment, but also the opportunity for people to learn about LSU’s long and colorful history in an interesting and accessible way,” Cowan said. “The book is certainly meant to educate, but it is also my hope that the photographs herein will bring back fond memories and allow people to reminisce about their times at LSU.”

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series, Louisiana State University features a foreword by former LSU System President and Chancellor William L. Jenkins. The 128-page, soft-cover book boasts more than two hundred vintage images of the LSU campus throughout its history. For the book, Cowan selected images from the LSU Archives and the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley collections in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections at Hill Memorial Library.

Highlights of the book include displays of rarely seen images, mostly from the collections in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library; highlights of the four campuses since LSU’s inception in 1860; how the university had mandatory ROTC until 1969; and how the baseball team – not the football team – was the first to wear the school’s signature purple and gold in 1893.

The book is a perfect holiday gift for LSU fans or friends, young and old, and is an informative and interesting look at the long and fascinating history of Louisiana State University.

The event also marks the closing of the Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium exhibition in Lecture Hall, which Cowan co-curated, which ends on December 23, 2013.

Ample parking is available behind Hill Memorial Library for the event. For more information contact us at 225-578-6544 or via email at jlacherfeldman@lsu.edu.

Sigrid Kelsey is the Director of Library Communications and Publications at the LSU Libraries.

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