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“Who Do You Think You Are?” filmed at Hill Memorial Library

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The TLC reality series, “Who Do You Think You Are,” recently filmed an episode featuring famous actor Noah Wyle at Hill Memorial Library. Wyle is best known for his leading role in NBC’s hit series “ER,” and currently stars in

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Baton Rouge Mardi Gras? Not so much . . . until 1933

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Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge has had a long and spotty history. For the most part, it wasn’t really celebrated here. The earliest celebrations were a mix of Mardi Gras and celebration of the Washington Fire Company’s organization in 1836.

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Mardi Gras Ephemera

Detail of "September" float from the Daily Picayune broadside for Comus 1896. Theme: "The Year"

Mistick Krewe of Comus, 1902. “Princess Sunshine in the Enchanter’s Castle” float. The Daily Picayune.  Special Carnival issue: Feb. 11, 1902; Comus. (New Orleans, La. : F.A. Lumsden & G.W. Kendall) LLMVC MCAGE F379 .N5 D27 SUPP With Carnival season

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Exhibition: “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War”

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LSU Libraries Special Collections marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in “The Great War” with the exhibition, “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War,” running from February 20 – June 2, 2017

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Sherlock

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Our latest is a guest post by LSU’s Kristopher Mecholsky, a crime fiction scholar who has published on Sherlock Holmes: Some people are recognized by a single phrase (“Dr. Livingston, I presume”), others by a single name (Cher) or nickname

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French Studies conference attendees visit Special Collections

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Carte de l’Isle de la Martinique from Guillaume de L’Isle’s Atlas nouveau, contenant toutes les parties du monde. Amsterdam: Chez Jean Cóvens & Corneille Mortier, [1742]. LLMVC G5080 1742 .L57 MCAGE CATALOG RECORD LSU’s Center for French and Francophone Studies

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How a New Orleans industrialist challenged Hitler’s Olympics

A cartoon against American participation in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin

The recent documentary, The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936, which premiered on PBS on August 2nd, describes how members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) conspired to ignore human rights abuses by the Nazi government in Germany and actively collaborate with

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200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Detail of wood engraving by Barry Moser from the Pennyroyal illustrated edition of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, 1983.

Whether you are a horror fan or not, there is no denying the pervasive cultural impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Many consider it to be the first true work of science fiction and the beginning of a new genre in

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Students declared a holiday when Mike I arrived at the Ole War Skule

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October 21, 80 years ago, Mike I arrived on the LSU campus to much fanfare and revelry.  Students declared a holiday, and buglers who were stationed around campus sounded reveille at 5:45 a.m. Roadblocks were set up, and professors and

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Browsing the bookshelves at Baker Street

Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius. (Roman Poetry), and Commentaries on the Laws of England.

Literary scholar and rare book dealer Madeleine B. Stern, best known for her scholarship on writer Louisa May Alcott, proposed the titles likely to inhabit the library of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in her 1953 article, “Sherlock Holmes: Rare-Book Collector,

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Spanish scholars complete research on Huey Long

Huey Long marches with drum majors, Russell B. Long Papers, Mss. 3700.

Mariona Lloret, who is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on Huey Long at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, offers an international view on Louisiana’s most famous governor. “Our aim is to understand the Kingfish in a broader framework, including

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Reading Room Exhibit: John Earle Uhler and Cane Juice

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Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is being celebrated by librarians, teachers and readers all across the country. This week represents a time to reflect on issues of censorship and challenges to academic freedom. Visitors to the reading room

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