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A collection of creepy creatures

“Frightful Fauna: A Spooky Sampling of Works from the E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection” is now on display in the Lecture Hall at Hill Memorial Library. The exhibition is free and open through November 21, 2012. Image: Turkey Buzzard

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On the Wing (and On the Web): AVES exhibition on Neotropical Ornithology available online

Image: Henry Walter Bates mobbed by curl-crested aracaris, not amused by one of their tribe being shot – a vivid image of the collecting naturalist as a “solitary stranger on a strange errand” (from The Naturalist on the River Amazons).

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This Means War: Civil War exhibition opens July 30th

“When within a few miles of B.R. [Baton Rouge] we met a great many of our fellows—soldiers torn and mangled; Oh! What awful sights which told us we were in the ‘fiery path of Mars’ and that the bloody work

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“Change(less): Photography and the Ephemeral Made Permanent”

What gives a photograph historical value? Does the original intent of the photographer matter, or is it the passage of time that counts?  Is there meaning in the “fixing” of a transient image? These questions are the foundation of “Change(less):

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Domestic Dwellings & Political Dealings: Building Louisiana

Two different angles on building Louisiana–architecture and politics–  will be the focus of two free lectures presented by LSU Libraries’ Special Collections in conjunction with the exhibition “State of Transition: Louisiana circa 1812.” Both presentations will be held in the

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A Very Familiar Face: Family recognizes young woman in photograph currently on display

A pretty young woman poses in her high school graduation dress, looking out from a photograph taken in 1932. The same woman, a beautiful nonagenarian, meets her gaze in 2011. The subject of a portrait by Natchez photographer Earl Norman,

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Practicing Catholics

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, the LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “Practicing Catholics: Finding Faith in Family Papers,” a display that features letters, documents, photographs, and ephemera drawn from the papers

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The many faces of Natchez

The exhibition “Portraits of a River City: Natchez in Photographs,” opens in Hill Memorial Library today and runs through February 18, 2012. This exhibition showcases selections from the Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection. The streets of Natchez

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“A Brilliant Victory”

On July 21, 1861, Union and Confederate troops faced off in the first major land battle of the American Civil War, the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run).  Samuel Rutherford Houston, a Presbyterian minister from Virginia, notes in his diary

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Louisiana for Bibliophiles

Leona Queyrouze

Image from Leona Queyrouze Papers. Exhibition on display in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall through September 3, 2011 Though Louisiana is better known for its politics and laissez les bons temps rouler approach to life, the state also has

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AVES: A Survey of the Literature of Neotropical Ornithology

A new exhibition in the LSU Libraries Special Collections gives visitors a rare glimpse of some of the most treasured and sought-after books in existence. “Aves: A Survey of the Literature of Neotropical Ornithology” opens on May 23 at Hill

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“Our little village was in the greatest excitement…”

Yesterday, April 12th, marked the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter, the event that began four years of bloody Civil War. In this letter from Special Collections’ Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Sara E. Ker Butler of

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