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|Oral history topic at March 9 meeting|
The Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society met on Sunday, March 9 in the Louis Locke room of the main library on Stubbs Avenue in Monroe.
Terry Perritt, second vice president who is temporarily assisting president Bennie Hixson, presided. He asked for anyone with information to be published in "Forgotten Louisiana" the society's quarterly, to be submitted to editor Monique Keeling within the next two weeks.
Those members in attendance received their updated membership booklets.
Nan Gorton announced some changes in prices from the National Archives concerning packets on members' ancestors, especially military records. It was decided by vote to draft a letter to legislators to be signed at the next meeting. Guest speaker for that meeting will be Jonathan Johnson, assistant to U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander. He will discuss issues concerning genealogists and historians.
Leona Hatten offered to help anyone with searches on military records with the program footnotes.
The minutes of the February meeting were read by secretary Margie Brown. Those minutes included the program "Sol's Story, A Triumph of the Human Spirit," a book written by guest speaker Dr. Richard Chardkoff. His book is a compelling story of Sol Rosenburg, a holocaust survivor and Monroe resident.
Lois Ferguson, first vice president and program chairman introduced speaker Sandra Chappell.
She made an informative presentation about the process of getting the book "From Bouef to Beaucoup" published. This book is a collection of oral histories of Caldwell parish. The project was begun about 1990 with some volunteers at the Louisiana Art & Folk Museum as an oral history project. After several bumps along the way, in 1998 the ideal of a community theater presentation waned.
Through a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and hard work of many members of the community, the oral history project resulted in this book of narratives and photographs, "all made possible in the end by the characters themselves."
Chappell had four readers to help boost the stories in the book. They were Terry Perritt, Nan Gorton, Bill Chappell and June Baker.
The editors who made the transcribing from oral histories into book form was Sandra Chappell, Jennie Crump, Clarice Kenny and Jackie Tucker. Copies of the paperback book were made available to those in attendance. The book may be purchased at the Martin Home Place Museum near Columbia and at the Louisiana Art & Folk Life Museum.
Twenty-three members and six visitors were present. Rachel Laird reminded attendees to sign in and received monies for previous quarterlies that Lois Ferguson had available for purchase.
After the meeting members and guests enjoyed fellowship and refreshments provided by Lois Ferguson, Margie Brown and Monique Keeling.