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LSUA Gallery Features Rare Central Louisiana Photos

Released: 04/15/2010

Approximately 40 rare black-and-white photographs of Central Louisiana churches and other scenes are featured in the University Gallery in the student center at LSU Alexandria, announced Roy deVille, professor of fine arts and gallery director. The photos, some of which are more than 100 years old, are on loan from the Louisiana History Museum in Alexandria and museum director Dale Genius’ private collection.

The gallery is open to the public without charge weekdays from 8 a.m. until noon. The exhibit will end May 15.

The vintage historical photographs include sites that no longer exist – the earliest Jewish synagogue in Alexandria, the original St. James Episcopal and Calvary Baptist churches, Providence Academy Building and the original Menard High School.

A much larger collection of rare local photos set to big band music in a 32-minute DVD is available from the Louisiana History Museum for $20. Proceeds are used for museum maintenance. Genius said www.louisianahistorymuseum.org and www.historicbentley.com are two websites that people interested in local history might enjoy.