The spring 2016 meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in downtown Hammond.

Eric Johnson and Cathy Tijerino will be the featured speakers at the banquet. Johnson and Tijerino will talk about their new book on the history of Hammond.

The program will highlight research on previously less explored aspects of the history and cultures of Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, a news release said.

Tangipahoa Parish resident Jason Thompson will offer a short presentation on the results of his ongoing research into Native American culture in the region, providing details on his identification of multiple Indian mounds and village locations across southeast Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi.

Tickets for the program and dinner are free to association members and $15 for nonmembers. Annual membership in the association is $25, which covers the ticket for the annual meeting and dinner, as well the annual newsletter, The Centerpiece, and the organization’s journal, The Southeast Louisiana Review.

To purchase tickets for the annual meeting or to join the association, call the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at (985) 549-2151 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, or forward a check made payable to the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association, c/o Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, P.O. Box 10730, SLU, Hammond, LA 70402.

The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association is an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and cultures of southeastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi, the release said. The organization is headquartered in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus.

For additional information, email the center at