Center Exhibits:

The Center offers an array of exhibits open to the public and suitable for all ages.  A permanent installation reflects the many collections types the Center provides to the public.  Specifically, this exhibit highlights The West Florida Flag Controversy, Revolt to Revolution, and An Incomplete Louisiana Purchase.

Our Book and Manuscript Exhibit reflects the evolution of book construction, along with multiple historical books and manuscipts on the topics of history, law, and philosophy, religion, and many more historical documents and periodicals dating back to the 1500s!


World War I Exhibit:

Titled “The War That Did Not End All Wars: Louisiana and the Horror of World War I,” a mock trench, battlefield diorama, and scores of war related items and artifacts are among the features of a special exhibit commemorating World War I at Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. The exhibit highlights the horrors of World War I, depicting images of indescribable butchery on the battlefield, mass genocide, and the terrible conditions of trench warfare. Alternately known as the ‘Great War’ and the ‘War to End All Wars,’ World War I represented an unprecedented human tragedy that devastated Europe and gave rise to political and economic configurations that continue to challenge our world today.

The exhibit opening is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the launching of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest American military offensive in the nation’s history. An educational project designed to inform and entertain, places emphasis on all the nations who participated in the great struggle. The exhibit covers all aspects of the war from the sources of the conflict through the ill-fated Russian incursion and the influenza pandemic that killed thousands at the end of the war.

For additional information about the exhibit or to schedule a group visit, please contact us at the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at 985-549-2151, or email selahistory@southeastern.edu.



Posing in front of the mock trench from left to right: Faith Allen, Graduate Research Assistant; Dr. Samuel Hyde, Director; Dr. Keith Finley, Assistant Director; Bailey Hall, Graduate Research Assistant; and Mikayla Martin, Student Worker. Not pictured: Amelia Haag, Graduate Research Assistant.


Strawberry History Exhibit:

The exhibit titled “Fruit Revolution: The Impact of Strawberry Farming on Southeast Louisiana” emerged as the idea of three graduate research assistants at the center, said Director Samuel Hyde, who is also Leon Ford Endowed Chair and Professor of History at Southeastern.  The exhibit revealed that with the demise of cotton farming due to the arrival of the boll weevil and destruction of the timber forests, the region went into a sharp economic decline that had a devastating impact on society.

 The introduction of strawberries, which developed a unique flavor and texture due to the soil quality of the region, rescued the area from its economic malaise and brought other new industries with it, such as box and crate plants and refrigeration companies. The emergence of the strawberry industry was not without controversy and conflict. One portion of the exhibit explains the heated dispute between unions, big industry, and small independent farmers.  It is our hope that this exhibit sheds light on the importance of strawberry farming in this parish.

Strawberry Exhibit

Graduate research assistants pose with the exhibit. From left are Faith Allen, Blake Constant, and Sarah Pardue-Bourgeois.


The Cate Exhibit:

With the help of the President's office, the Cate family descendents, and multiple institutional departments, the Center established the Cate Exhibit located on the first floor of the Sims Memorial Library.  This permanent installation demonstrates the influence of Charles Emery Cate and his wife, Mertie Ann Waterman Cate, on the development of Hammond and its surrounding environs. 

The Cate Exhibit showcases the many businesses C. E. Cate created which transformed a small, cross-roads community into a prosperous town.  Additionally, the exhibit highlights the work of Mertie Ann Waterman Cate in developing one of the chief religious institutions in Hammond, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church.  We encourage you to visit this exhibit to learn more about the Cate family legacy and their many contributions to the city of Hammond.Cate Exhibit Opening

At the opening of the Cate Exhibit, descendants of Charles Emery Cate and Southeastern Officials cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the exhibits official opening.

If you would like to arrange a special tour for school age children or to inquire further information, please contact the Center at 985-549-2151.


West Florida Revolt

Photograph of the West Florida Flag Controversy exhibit.