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Released: 02/11/1999

<p> An exhibit of material and memorabilia tracing the history of the International Paper Pineville Mill from its beginning in 1967 is on exhibit in the James C. Bolton Library at LSUA until March 5. Much of the exhibit was donated by Mrs. Frances Whelan, widow of the Mill&acute;s first superintendent, James Whelan, and her family. </p><p> Artifacts on exhibit include a Finnish-English dictionary, a recording of Scandinavian songs, scenes of the construction of the Pineville Mill, and a cross-section slice from the first log used at the Mill. Other items include a tear sheet from the first paper produced and souvenir booklets marking the anniversaries of the tenth, fifteenth, twentieth, twenty-fifth and thirtieth years of operation. </p><p> "This is a very educational exhibit because the Pineville Kraft Mill is so important to Central Louisiana," said Dr. Burns. International Paper&acute;s Pineville mill employs over 300 people in the Cenla area and another 2,000 loggers and truck drivers. In the last two years, the foundation contributed more than $110,000 in grants to local education, civic, cultural and community projects. </p><p> The exhibit may be viewed from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. </p><p> Through an International Paper Foundation grant, the James C. Bolton Library received the "Library of Congress Corner," a stand alone screen which displays changing exhibits prepared by the Library of Congress. The current exhibit is "Books That Shaped America." Next month will be "American Folk Life: A Commonwealth of Culture." </p>