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|SLU PROFESSORS TO EXAMINE LIFESTYLES OF EARLY NORTH SHORE
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
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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