Louisiana Archives Roadshow »»»Published: September 16, 2009

  • Highlights from the Louisiana Secretary of State Office’s third Archives Roadshow.

North Louisiana residents get a chance to show off their antique treasures on the Louisiana Archives Roadshow.

The program was recorded on February 28 at the Secretary of State’s Archive Office in Baton Rouge and is the third collaboration between the Secretary of State’s Office and LPB. The first one was in 2007 at the Archives while the second was at the Louisiana Exhibit Museum in Shreveport.

People from all over the state brought in their heirlooms, historical items and artwork to get them appraised at the event.

The most unique item was an 1865 mourning sash from the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln that may be worth as much as $150,000. Former LSU football coach Paul and Margaret Anne Dietzel showed their antique F&B Patsy-Ann Doll while the family of former LSU Band leader Castro Carazo, the co-writer of the song Every Man A King with Senator Huey Long, had a collection of his memorabilia on display.

An exhibit featuring all of the items from the Louisiana Archives Roadshow was on display at the State Archives Building.

The event was sponsored by the Secretary of State’s Office which hosted the event at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. This was the second Roadshow held by the Secretary of State’s Office. The first was held last year at the Louisiana State Archives Building in Baton Rouge and another is scheduled in Baton Rouge in February. LPB shot both events and produced the programs.

"The Shreveport Archives Roadshow afforded northwest Louisianans the opportunity to share a unique array of Louisiana memorabilia with the community, and LPB's involvement enables all of us to enjoy these personal keepsakes," Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said.

Some of the items appraised at the event include a Bonnie & Clyde chamois from the floor of their car as well as a gun and newspaper article, a 1966 LSU Cotton Bowl autographed football, a collection of rare books and a Depression Era Christmas card made of wallpaper.

Museum staff selected items to be included in a Louisiana Treasures exhibit at the State Exhibit Museum. The opening reception in the West Wing gallery. Area citizens who brought Louisiana memorabilia and collectibles to the show were able to view the LPB film along with the exhibit. SOS Press Release

  

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