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The Louisiana Area Historical Museum continued with its free summer programming on Wednesday, June 26, by co-sponsoring a program with the local Friends of the Library organization.
Betty Allen, local historian, shared her extensive research on the subject of John Brooks Henderson with a large group of interested adults and children. She told of Henderson’s time spent in Louisiana and how, despite very humble beginnings, he went on to make a name for himself in Washington D.C., becoming a friend of Abraham Lincoln and helping to change history with his work on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Allen provided hand-outs of reproductions of photographs and a newspaper article that was published in 1977 about Henderson’s Louisiana connections. His name will live on for Louisiana residents due to the Henderson-Riverview Park overlooking the river on land donated by the Henderson family.
A small monument in the park pays tribute to this honorable man who was catapulted into the national spotlight during one of the most important times of our country’s history.
One of his brothers, James Nolton Henderson, remained in Louisiana and raised a family here. One of his great-great-great nieces, Sandi Henderson, helped provide some of the research for Allen’s presentation, and she was in attendance at the museum for the program. Currently a resident of Brentwood, Henderson said she had been made very aware of the Henderson family story while she was growing up in Louisiana.
Treats that could have been served during the time of the Henderson’s stay in Washington D.C. were provided by the Friends of the Library. Both Mr. and Mrs. Henderson were known as wonderful hosts and research showed that such modern-day foods as Cracker Jacks, deviled ham, jelly beans, molasses cookies, and cucumber sandwiches were popular during that period.
During each Wednesday in July, the Louisiana Public Library will offer story time for children at the library. Further details are available by calling the library at 754-4491.
On Aug. 7 the museum will be sponsoring a visit to the ASL Pewter Shop at 1 p.m. and on Aug. 14 will host Charlene McCune who will bring the character of Mrs. Champ Clark to life.
Four programs in June have been presented to interested adults and children, free of charge, by the Louisiana Area Historical Museum at 304 Georgia.