The Photo from the Past recently showcased 2nd Street in Eunice, LA during the 1960s. Today’s Photo from the Past presents a more historic view of Second Street in Eunice, LA during the early 1900s.
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Photo from the Past — 2nd Street, Eunice, LA – 1960s
Today’s Photo from the Past is a glimpse of Second Street in Eunice, LA. during the 1960s decade of the last century.
Learn our History Today — The Opelousas Connection to Bonnie and Clyde
May 23 – Learn Our History Today: On May 23, 1934, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, a.k.a. Bonnie and Clyde, were killed on a rural road near Arcadia in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, by a posse of Texas and Louisiana law officers led by former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. (Did you know the pair had a connection to Opelousas?)
Local Author Returns For Children’s Book Promotion
Lavaille Lavette returned to her creative roots last week with a one-day promotional tour of her latest children’s fictional book.
Harry S. Truman’s Opelousas Connection
Today in History — On May 8, 1884, U.S. President Harry Truman was born near Lamar, Missouri. Did you know he has a connection to Opelousas?
Mini-Documentary Film Chronicles Histories of Orphan Train Riders
What are the future plans for a now publicly-released, mini-documentary film that chronicles the histories of Orphan Train infants who arrived in Louisiana during the first part of the 20th century?
Photo from the Past – Washington, LA Main Street
The photo from the past today is from Washington, LA, in St. Landry Parish. It shows a view of Main Street in the early years of the 20th Century.
The Orphan Train Comes To Opelousas
Opelousas was buzzing with excitement and anticipation in April of 1907. Local citizens, especially those who had agreed to accept a child, were awaiting the arrival of the first group of New York orphans.
“Louisiana Orphan Trains – The Untold Story” Documentary Screening
On Wednesday, May 3 at the Delta Grand Theatre in downtown Opelousas, a special screening of “Louisiana Orphan Trains – The Untold Story” will take place.
Historic Venus House Being Repaired
The historic Venus house at Le Vieux Village is getting some much needed attention.
Photo from the Past – Waldorf Service Station and Massard Tire Supply – 1948
Today’s Photo from the Past, taken in 1948, shows the Waldorf Service Station and Massard Tire Supply located at 235 South Court Street in downtown Opelousas.
Museum Unveils Free People Of Color Exhibit
A permanent exhibit featuring St. Landry Parish free people of color, was introduced publicly Thursday night at the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center.
Women of Opelousas – Marie Magdalena Esprit/Lemelle Simien
As a Free Woman of Color, Marie Magdalena Esprit/Lemelle Simien played an important role in the story of Opelousas, St. Landry Parish and Louisiana.
Still Rising: Free People of Color in St. Landry Parish EXHIBIT AT OPELOUSAS MUSEUM
On Thursday, March 30, the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center hosts a reception for a new exhibit, Still Rising: Free People of Color in St. Landry Parish. The scholars who created the exhibit will give brief presentations as visitors enjoy the display.
On Saturday, April 1, presenters will provide in depth information on Free People of Color in St. Landry Parish.
The Women of Opelousas – Edith Garland Dupré
Continuing with our articles on the Women of Opelousas for National Women’s History Month, today’s story focuses on a special woman from our city who made a big difference in higher education in our state.
Women of Opelousas – Marian Rose Smith
As we continue the series on the Women of Opelousas, today we share the story of a local nurse who served the Opelousas community for many years. Her name was Marian Rose Smith.
Women of Opelousas – Mary Maxine Wyble Morgan
Women of Opelousas focus on Mary Maxine Wyble Morgan, an amazing woman who left us way too soon. This is her story.
Women of Opelousas – Dorothy Mornhinveg Laas
During the mid 1800s to early 1900s Mrs. Dorothy Mornhinveg Laas.was among the most successful business owners in Opelousas.
Opelousas Woman’s Club Celebrates National Women’s History Month
The Opelousas Woman’s Club, the oldest women’s organization in Opelousas, celebrated National Women’s History Month with an Open House, held at the groups club house on Bellevue Street last Thursday evening.
Women of Opelousas – Mrs. Helena (Helen) Roberts Donato
As we continue with our series on the Women of Opelousas during this National Women’s History Month, today we focus on one of the pioneer educators in Opelousas and St. Landry Parish.
Women of Opelousas – Agatha Dupre Lafleur
As we continue with stories about the amazing women of Opelousas for National Women’s History Month, today I want to share the story of a woman who is so special to me. My grandmother, Agatha Dupre Lafleur.
Women of Opelousas – Women’s Right to Vote in Opelousas
Women in Opelousas voted for the first time in 1920. The voting precinct was at the Opelousas Town Market on the corner of Bellevue and Market streets, on the St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square (today that building is called the Old City Hall).
Women of Opelousas – Helen Selina Lewis King
As we continue to celebrate the women of Opelousas during National Women’s History Month, today we focus of a woman from the 19th century.
Women of Opelousas – Effie Dimmick Hollier
This week, on Thursday, March 16th the Opelousas Woman’s Club is holding a celebration for National Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. One of those who did just that in Opelousas was Effie Dimmick Hollier, the first president of the Opelousas Woman’s Club. This is her story.
Photo from the Past – 1938 AIC Band
Members of the 1938 Academy of the Immaculate Conception Band pose for this photograph taken by the Clarion-News photographer on the school grounds in May of that year.
Women of Opelousas – Rachel Fergerson Gradenigo
During colonial times women in Louisiana had more rights than women in other areas of the US.
Women of Opelousas – Barbara Ann Giesen Perrault
As we celebrate National Women’s History Month this year, we want to remember a special woman of Opelousas who did so much for the community and the parish.
The Great Train Accident of 1925
What may have been the greatest tragedy in my ancestors’ history occurred in 1925 in the little community of Lawtell.
NEW EXHIBIT AT OPELOUSAS MUSEUM
Through images, text, maps and a timeline, the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center wil display the lifestyle, trades and culture of Free People of Color from the 1700s to the present.
St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Black History Exhibit Available for Additional Viewing
St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux is announcing an extension for a research-based exhibition that chronicles the lives and history of the African-American families who have helped shape three centuries of parish history.
Downtown, Part 2 – From Boom to Doom
The story on the old downtown, the heart of Opelousas, continues where we left off at the end of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s decades.
J. J. Thompson and Horse Racing in Opelousas
Although racing horses as a sport, and a business goes back over 200 years in Opelousas and St. Landry Parish, the history of this sport goes back thousands of years before that.
A Booming Downtown
In order for all to know and understand how important a healthy downtown is to our community, here is a glimpse of 200 years of downtown Opelousas history.
St. Landry Preservationists Host Mother’s Day Brunch
The Preservationists of St. Landry, Inc. have begun selling sponsorships and tickets for a Mother’s Day Brunch scheduled for the historic Michel Prudhomme Home in Opelousas.
Tour Historic Opelousas during Black History Month – Part Two
We invite you to continue to explore historic Opelousas during Black History Month. Here is part two of a list with some historic information that will help you with that tour.
Celebrate Black History Month with NuNu’s
Celebrate Black History Month with NuNu’s
Tour Historic Opelousas during Black History Month
Opelousas citizens and visitors to the community can learn more about the contributions African Americans made to our local area by exploring historic sites in the city. We invite you to explore historic Opelousas during Black History Month. Here is a list with some historic information that will help you with that tour.
Mississippi-Based Film Crew Interested In Opelousas Kidnapping Case
The mysterious and perplexing aspects of the Bobby Dunbar story with roots embedded firmly in Opelousas might be nearly 113 years old, yet it continues to be an intriguing detective case that has drawn the attention of a documentary film crew.
Photos from the past – Around Opelousas in 1942
1942 began as a year of uncertainty in the United States, and Opelousas as well. Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, and the US was forced to get involved in a war. Photos from the past of Opelousas during that year.
Photo from the Past – Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur
Our photo from the past for today comes from the first page of the Sunday World (Daily World) on Sunday, February 22, 1942.