In honor of the bicentennial of Louisiana’s admission to the Union as the 18th state, LSU Libraries Special Collections will present “State of Transition: Louisiana Circa 1812,” a new exhibit at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library on display from March 12 to June 2.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, according to an LSU news release.

The exhibit details topics of daily life during Louisiana’s transformation from territory to state in the early 19th century and answers such questions as “What did people eat and wear?” “How did they make a living?” and “What did they do for fun?”

The exhibit also examines the at times rancorous political process through which Louisiana attained statehood, established its government and became “American”; the War of 1812 and the unique role Louisiana played in the conflict; and institutions such as slavery and religion that made up the fabric of Louisianans’ daily experiences.

Hill Memorial Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Paid parking is available at the Visitors’ Center, Memorial Tower and Mike the Tiger’s Habitat. For more information, visit the LSU Libraries Special Collections website at