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ULM and community collaborate in the study of history

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Layton Castle in Monroe, Louisiana houses an archive of historical documents that are over two centuries old and have national significance.

ULM graduate student Anna Bounds and ULM Professor of History Dr. Roger Carpenter recently presented their research on the historical sources found in Layton Castle, including a journal written by Robert Layton during the California Gold Rush of 1848-1849.

The event was organized by ULM's School of Humanities and emphasized the importance of preserving and making Monroe's history available to the public. Many notable figures in national history have connections to Monroe, including the families who gave their names to buildings on the ULM campus. Despite its significance, Monroe's history can often be overlooked, making it all the more important to preserve and share its documentary record.