Southeastern librarians author book on Hammond

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND –  Two members of the staff at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library have authored a book on the history of the city of Hammond.
     Library Director Eric W. Johnson and Catherine H. Tijerino, head of cataloging, selected the photos and wrote the book “Hammond,” part of the book collection of Images of America published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C. Arcadia is the largest publisher of local history works in the country.
     The largely pictorial book covers the history of Hammond from its founding to 1950 and includes nearly 220 photos collected from historical archives and private collections. Informative captions accompany each photo.
     “We received tremendous assistance in putting this book together,” Johnson said. “Special recognition goes to Drs. Sam Hyde and Keith Finley of the university’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, who permitted us access to the various historical photo collections they maintain. The Judge Leon Ford III collection in the center was the source of many of the photos we used.”
     Johnson said local historians C. Howard Nichols and Tom Davidson were especially helpful in sharing their extensive knowledge of the local history.
     The book is available at area booksellers and other stores, through Amazon and from the publisher at
     The two authors are scheduled to do a book signing at Southeastern’s bookstore on Tuesday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

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