Southeastern to host teachers symposium on West Florida Republic

Thursday, October 29, 2015
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will sponsor a symposium on the West Florida Revolt and Republic for teachers and the general public on Friday (Nov. 6) from 9 a.m. to noon.
     The program will be held in the Kiva in the Cate Teacher Education Center, 1300 N. Gen. Pershing Ave. The program is free and open to the public.
     Leon Ford Endowed Chair and Professor of History Samuel C. Hyde said the program will incorporate a variety of sessions designed to inform teachers how to incorporate the story of the West Florida Revolt into their Louisiana history and geography classes in an exciting and fun manner. Conducting the session will be Hyde and Assistant Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Keith Finley.
     Hyde said the program will also include a presentation by Jim Winter and Chad Winters of the Southeastern theatre program, who created and directed a short play on the revolt and development of the republic titled “Only in Louisiana: The Not Exactly Accurate Story of the West Florida Revolt.”
     Attendees at the event will receive a free copy of the award-winning film “Reluctant Americans: The West Florida Revolt, Completing the Louisiana Purchase.” The film was written and produced by Hyde and the staff of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     The program is coordinated by the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and is sponsored by the East Feliciana Tourist Commission,  the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, the Library of Congress Using Primary Sources Program, Southeastern’ Office of Non-Credit Programs and the West Florida Society.
     For more information on the program, contact the Center at 985-549-2151 or email

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