The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association will hold its annual meeting in Hammond April 17. The event will take place at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in the Levy Building downtown at 6 p.m.

Southeastern professors Samuel Hyde and Robert Moreau will headline the event centered on continuity and change over 150 years in Tangipahoa Parish.

The Leon Ford Endowed Chair, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Hyde will provide a short presentation on dramatic events from Tangipahoa’s past and details from his new book.

Moreau, a professor of biology and director of the Turtle Cove Research Station, will present details on current projects at Turtle Cove and highlight continuing, and newly emerging challenges to the Manchac Swamp ecosystem.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and conversation. Dinner, with regionally appropriate foods courtesy of Chef John Jordan, will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by Hyde and Moreau’s presentations. A book signing will follow the presentation with books available for purchase.

Hyde said SELHA is a town and gown organization devoted to promoting and preserving the history and culture of Louisiana’s Florida Parishes and surrounding environs. The organization is housed in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern.

“New members and guests are welcome,” Hyde said. “A $25 membership fee entitles one to attend the April 17 meeting and dinner, along with a one-year membership in the organization and a copy of the annual newsletter ‘The Centerpiece,’ and the SELHA’s scholarly journal ‘The Southeast Louisiana Review.’”

Spouses or member guests may attend for a $10 fee, Hyde added. Those interested only in attending the April 17 dinner and lectures may do so for $15.

For additional information on tickets or the SELHA, contact the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at 985-549-2151 or email selahistory@southeastern.edu.

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