Ascension Parish Library is hosting a six-week series of readings and discussions called “Louisiana History: Perspectives on the Pelican State.” The program is part of the Readings in Literature and Culture series sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
The series meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Tuesday at the Gonzales library, starting Sept. 15 and concluding Oct. 20.
Charles Elliott, a history instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University, leads the sessions with open discussions supported by several texts: “The Founding of New Acadia: The Beginning of Acadian Life in Louisiana” by Carl Brasseaux, “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup, “The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour” by Terry L. Jones and “The Earl of Louisiana” by A.J. Leibling.
The series will explore the major periods and issues of Louisiana history, including European exploration and colonial society, slavery as an institution and as an experience, Louisiana’s role in the Civil War and the war’s impact, urbanization and the development of New Orleans, and populism and state politics in the 20th century.
Advance registration is required either in person or by calling the library at (225) 647-3955. Every reader receives a set of program books to check out, so participants must have a current library card or apply for one. Registration is limited.