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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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Exhibition: “From Grand Village to Bluff City: 300 Years of Natchez History”

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The Mississippi River’s fertile flood plain coupled with its role as a major economic artery connecting north and south firmly established the links between Natchez, Miss., and Louisiana early in their development as outposts of the colonial empires of multiple

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Relics of Napoleon

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Today marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. To commemorate the occasion, here are some Napoleon-related items from the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. A document that Napoleon himself touched is a commission dated “11 Fructidor 30″ (September 17,

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General Middleton and the Battle of the Bulge

Gen. Middleton, December 1944.  Winter weather in the Ardennes is exceptionally cold and wet, and the battle was characterized by fog, freezing temperatures, misty rain, snow, and ice.

  Troy Middleton, president emeritus of LSU and for whom the main library on campus is named, was a division and corps commander in World War II. The most important battle in which he led troops was the Battle of

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Bringing the Christmas Tree to Louisiana

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Even as far south as Louisiana, winter nights are long and chilly, but in homes all across the state, Christmas trees bring a little light and joy. When did the tradition of decorating evergreens during the darkest days of winter

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Tom Turkey, Transatlantic Traveler

Eleazar Albin, A Natural History of Birds (1731)

Even if you won’t be roasting a turkey at Thanksgiving later this week, there’s no denying that this iconic bird has become part of the American story. Other than on “Turkey Day” itself, however, is eating turkeys as uniquely American

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Raising the Flag – Memorial Day Remembrance

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Flag raising ceremony in front of LSU president’s home. This image is from the University Archives, and can be viewed with other historical images on the Louisiana Digital Library here.

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“To me, fair friend, you never can be old”: Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

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Although historians are not 100% sure of the exact date of William Shakespeare’s birth (all that is known is that he was baptized on April 26, 1564), his birthday is usually celebrated on April 23.  In honor of the bard,

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Collection Spotlight: The papers of civil rights leader Dr. Dupuy Anderson

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World War II veteran, dentist, civil rights activist. Dr. Dupuy Anderson’s biography reads like that of many African American civil rights leaders of the mid-20th century. That common history, however, does not diminish his extraordinary contributions and accomplishments, and his

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Charles Dickens Goes to the Theater…

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In celebration of Charles Dickens’ 202nd birthday, we’re highlighting our Collection of Dickensian Programs, 1879-1936. This collection contains theater programs for Dickens-based plays from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has always been popular to adapt Dickens’ stories for

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“How good—to be alive!” Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson

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Even for a Victorian poet, Emily Dickinson was unusually obsessed with death. But today, we celebrate her birth, which took place 183 years ago, on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Of her nearly 1,800 poems, only a handful were

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Shake It Up and Read All About It!

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    Join us at Hill Memorial Library for a fascinating night of football and earthquake talk with two speakers! Sam King, longtime Baton Rouge sportswriter, and LSU Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics Juan Lorenzo will come together to

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