Southeastern to host exhibit on Tangipahoa Parish history


Thursday, October 10, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies has opened a new exhibit titled “From Blood to Berries: A History of Tangipahoa Parish” in conjunction with its support of the ongoing events celebrating the sesquicentennial of Tangipahoa Parish.
     A creation of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies’ student worker staff, the exhibit is located on the third floor of Sims Library in the exhibition area of the center and remains open for viewing through January 2020.
     “We asked our graduate research assistants and student worker to come up with an idea to highlight collections in the center and how they reveal the history of our university’s home parish,” said Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Director Samuel Hyde. “They developed the concept, conducted the research, and completely constructed the exhibit on their own.”
     The exhibit includes photographs, primary source documents, news reports, and three- dimensional artifacts, among other items found in the center’s extensive holdings, detailing the history and cultures of the region. Included are vintage images and reports revealing the initial explorations of the territory, creation of the parish, and economic development of the area.      Specified cases detailing development in each of the major communities in Tangipahoa Parish,      Hyde explained, interface with segments dedicated to specific items of interest.
     “We thought it would be fun to include a section highlighting festivals and major events occurring in Tangipahoa parish, as well as a section honoring famous figures who have made the parish their home,” said Graduate Research Assistant Amelia Haag.
     Southeastern’s role in the parish’s history does not go unnoticed in the exhibit, Hyde said.
     “As we completed the exhibit we noticed that we were just entering Southeastern’s homecoming week,” added Graduate Research Assistant Bailey Hall. “We added a segment that details the evolution of Roomie the Lion as Southeastern’s mascot. Visitors will be surprised to see how Roomie evolved from humble beginnings, to virtual cartoon, all the way to the polished cheerleading symbol he is today.”
     Student worker Amber Hughes and Graduate Research Assistant Abigail Simmons complete the contingent of students who created the project.
     For more information on the exhibit or hours of operation, contact the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at 985-549-2151 or visit

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