The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will host four programs in the coming months for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Water/Ways:
The “Water/Ways” exhibition opening reception will be Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-7 p.m. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, in cooperation with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, will examine water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. “Water/Ways” will be on view Dec. 4 through Jan. 15. Light refreshments will be served and Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Northwestern State University Professor of English and Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center, will be on hand to take oral histories from people on how water affects and enhances their lives as part of the Smithsonian project “Stories from Main Street.”
“Keeper of the Mound” film screening and panel discussion will be Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. This is a screening of the documentary film “Keeper of the Mound.” Louisiana’s coast is dotted with countless mounds built by indigenous people hundreds of years ago that are now threatened by coastal erosion. The mounds along Bayou Grand Caillou in Terrebonne Parish sit in an endangered marsh on property owned by land developers. In this film, the Solet family, members of the United Houma Nation, fight for access to the sacred space, attending public meetings with state officials, imploring the landowner to save the mounds, and seeking to define the meaning of home and cultural heritage amid a rapidly changing landscape. A discussion will follow the film screening with Dr. Pete Gregory, Professor of Anthropology at NSU, and Jeff Girard, former Regional Archaeologist for the Louisiana Division of Archaeology and adjunct instructor of Anthropology at NSU, which will explore themes of how water is integral to culture, how we interact with the environment around us, and how water determines where we settle.
“The Red River Great Raft” with Dr. Gary D. Joiner will be Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. Dr. Joiner will discuss The Great Raft on Red River and its influence on the history and geography of Natchitoches Parish and nearby areas. Hundreds of years old and hundreds of miles long, the raft changed the landscape and impeded transportation up Red River before Captain Henry Shreve began the monumental task of clearing it. Dr. Joiner is the Chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences as well as the Director of the Red River Regional Studies Center at LSU-Shreveport. He is an authority on Louisiana history, the Civil War, Geography, Cemeteries and Iconography and more.
“Water and Inspiration,” a hands-on art program, will be Saturday, Jan. 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. Bring out your inner artist at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in this mixed media art project inspired by Cane River Lake. All supplies and tools provided. Corbin Covher, NSU Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Foundations, will instruct participants in the creation of their designs. The program is geared to families with children ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult.
These programs are free and open to the public. State regulations regarding masks and physical distancing will be followed. For more information, call (318) 357-2492 or visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org.