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    • Belle Helene Plantation Home

    • Historic buildings
    • Belle Helene. Construction on the house began in 1840, and completed by 1842. It was first named "Ashland" after U.S. statesman Henry Clay's plantation in Kentucky. In March 1889, the estate sold to George B. Reuss, an Ascension Parish planter....
    • Advertisement for American Art Week Celebration, 1958

    • American Artists Professional League, Community arts projects, Printed ephemera
    • Advertisement for American Art Week Celebration at the Old Governor's Mansion. Celebrated annually in the first week of November. Sponsored by the American Artists Professional League beginning in 1930. Each year, hundreds of applicants from all 50...
    • Dr. Leo S. Butler

    • African Americans--History
    • Dr. Leo Stanley Butler was born August 12, 1899 in Burtville, a small community just south of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Baton Rouge Colored School in 1918. He was the first male to receive a diploma from what became McKinley. He completed both...
    • Dr. Leo S. Butler

    • African Americans--History
    • Dr. Leo Stanley Butler was born August 12, 1899 in Burtville, a small community just south of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Baton Rouge Colored School in 1918. He was the first male to receive a diploma from what became McKinley. He completed both...
    • Dr. Curtis "C.J." Gilliam

    • African Americans--History
    • Dr. Curtis "C.J." Gilliam [1922-1995] was a longtime Civil Rights activist and the first black optometrist in Baton Rouge. A former president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, he was the first black Louisianan to enlist in the U.S. Marine...
    • Mrs. Betty Toepfer

    • Baton Rouge (La.)--History, Teachers, World War II, United Service Organizations (U.S.), Catholic Church, Diocese of Baton Rouge (La.), Historic buildings, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.)--History
    • An oral history with Mrs. Betty Toepfer. She describes growing up in the Edgewood Lawn neighborhood of Baton Rouge and participation in the Sacred Heart Church and other Catholic Churches in Baton Rouge. Mrs. Toepfer lived in several historic...
    • The Black Man in the Civil War

    • African Americans, Bicentennial Commission, Port Hudson (La.) History Siege, 1863
    • The Black Man in the Civil War. Taken from Charles H. Wesley and Patricia W. Romero, International Library of Negro Life and History; Negro Americans in the Civil War. Published in Baton Rouge as part of the American Bicentennial celebration. Ca....
    • Goodwood, Baton Rouge, La.

    • Postcards, Historic buildings
    • Postcard: "Goodwood, Baton Rouge, La." Reverse reads: "Goodwood House was built in 1852 by Dr. S. G. Laycock on two thousand acre Goodwood Plantation, a part of a Royal Grant of the British Crown in 1776 to the Laycock family who still reside in...
    • Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, La.

    • Postcards, Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.)--History
    • Postcard: "Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, La." Reverse: "Louisiana has its State Capital in the picturesque city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is popularly called the "Creole State" , has an area of 48,720 square miles, and was admitted...
    • Union Tank Car Company Geodesic Dome

    • Geodesic domes--1950-1960
    • The steel, geodesic dome was completed in 1958. Designed by designed by Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, it was constructed by the Union Tank Car Company for use as a car barn. The dome had a diameter of 384 feet, at the time it was built, it was...
    • Union Tank Car Company Geodesic Dome

    • Geodesic domes--1950-1960
    • The steel, geodesic dome was completed in 1958. Designed by designed by Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, it was constructed by the Union Tank Car Company for use as a car barn. The dome had a diameter of 384 feet, at the time it was built, it was...
    • Union Tank Car Company Geodesic Dome

    • Geodesic domes--1950-1960
    • The steel, geodesic dome was completed in 1958. Designed by designed by Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, it was constructed by the Union Tank Car Company for use as a car barn. The dome had a diameter of 384 feet, at the time it was built, it was...
    • Bob Livingston

    • Legislators--United States
    • Bob Livingston (b. April 30, 1943), served as the first Republican since Reconstruction to represent New Orleans in Congress from 1977 until his resignation in 1999 after he revealed he had had an extra-marital affair. From 1995 through 1998,...
    • Union Tank Car Company Geodesic Dome

    • Geodesic domes--1950-1960
    • The steel, geodesic dome was completed in 1958. Designed by designed by Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, it was constructed by the Union Tank Car Company for use as a car barn. The dome had a diameter of 384 feet, at the time it was built, it was...
    • Hamilton "Ham" Farrar Richardson

    • Tennis players
    • Hamilton "Ham" Farrar Richardson, right, (August 24, 1933 - November 5, 2006)from Baton Rouge, La. He was the top ranked tennis player in the United States in 1956 and 1958. Richardson was a Rhodes Scholar who attended Tulane University in New...

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