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Contact: Angey Saucier
Date: 1/16/04
      HAMMOND -- Two Southeastern Louisiana University history professors will explore the lifestyles of early north shore settlers in a presentation at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
       History professor Charles A. Dranguet Jr., and Roman J. Heleniak, scholar in residence at the university’s Center for South Louisiana Studies, have titled their presentation “Swamp Survival: How Did Folks Earn a Living in North Shore Swamps?” The public is invited to the free 7:30 p.m. lecture, which will address the ways early settlers in the region lived and prospered in what many would consider a hostile environment and how they laid the foundation for the north shore’s current culture.
      The lecture is a special feature of the museum’s quarterly general membership meeting, said Roy Blackwood, coordinator of Southeastern Louisiana University Education Initiatives at the museum.
      Heleniak is a former professor and department head of the department of history and political science at Southeastern. He has authored several articles and books, including “Soldiers of the Law: The Louisiana State Police” and “The Confederate High Command & Related Topics: The 1988 Deep Delta Civil War Symposium: Themes in Honor of T. Harry Williams.” He is a graduate of Delta State College and Mississippi State University, where he received a doctoral degree in American and European history. Heleniak currently writes a weekly column in the Hammond Daily Star and hosts “Roman’s Empire,” a weekly television show on the Southeastern Channel that explores all aspects of politics.
      Dranguet, who has been an integral member of Southeastern’s history and political science department for 36 years, currently serves as University Ombudsman and president of the university’s chapter of the United Federation of Teachers. He is the former director of the International Study Abroad Program, and his research interests include articles and presentations on the cypress lumbering industry of Louisiana, the history of the New Orleans Bar Pilots’ Association, and publications relating to the historical geography of the United States. 
      For additional information about the lecture, contact the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum at 985-845-9200.

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