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Posted on: November 22, 2022

SML Genealogy Department hosts Programs on Local History & Genealogy Research

SML Genealogy Department hosts Programs on Local History & Genealogy Research

Shreve Memorial Library Genealogy Department will offer programs detailing local history and providing guidance for genealogy research. The public is encouraged to come and learn about Shreveport’s first breweries, the archives at LSU Shreveport, and the best social media accounts for genealogy research. All programs will take place at the Broadmoor Branch, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive. The programs are free and open to the public.

Join Shreve Memorial Library Genealogy Department on Wednesday, November 30, for a discussion on the first breweries of Shreveport from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Attendees will hear about the breweries before prohibition caused them to close in 1920. They will also hear the history of each brewery with its starting date, its owner, its location in the city, and other details. A Q&A session will follow.

Then, on Saturday, December 3, a discussion on the emergence of LSU Shreveport Archives of the 1960s and 1970s will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The LSU Shreveport Archives committee was part of a larger effort to raise awareness of the region's rich heritage.  Attendees will discover a photographic album curated by the committee that documented the clearing of the Red River raft in 1873 and the stir it caused at the school and in the community. The committee also searched for similar historical treasures and requested their donation to the archives. This same archives committee served as the heart of a surging interest in the preservation of historical homes and businesses. They built an oral history collection at LSUS from scratch and moved the Caspiana Plantation house to the LSUS campus, restoring it and making it a wonderful educational resource.  

Adults are also encouraged to come and discover how social media can help in genealogy research on Thursday, December 15. Many people may not know that social media has become an excellent tool for researching your family history. There are many websites available for genealogical internet research, and you can do research from home on your computer or your mobile device.  The program will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Tech Center at the Broadmoor Branch.

In addition, several virtual programs of the Genealogy Department are available on the Shreve Memorial Library YouTube channel at Select the “Genealogy Department Presentations” playlist to view virtual program offerings.