The Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association will host its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy Library, located on the first floor of the Old Court House Building.
The speaker will be Dr. Pete Gregory. Gregory will speak on the “Immigrant Tribes and their relationship to the Caddo Tribe,” the Indians, particularly the Choctaw, that the Spanish brought to this area in the late 1700s and early 1800s to help serve as buffers against English forces.
Gregory was born in Vidalia and grew up in Ferriday. He graduated from LSU and began teaching at Northwestern State University in 1961. He curates the Williamson Museum, serves as the academic advisor for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center, the Louisiana Folklife Festival and the Folklife Center at NSU and continues to enjoy teaching, listening and learning. He was recently honored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) for the Lifetime Contributions to the Humanities. His 1987 book, “The Historic Indian Tribes of Louisiana,” still serves as the classic introduction to the field. As the LEH’s 64 Parishes magazine says, “He also has a long list of accolades and awards.”
The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Genealogy Library at (318) 357-2235.