Stars and Stripes / https://www.flickr.com/photos/floris-oosterveld/8725700046/

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The University of Louisiana Monroe will host two events that will look at the situation leading up to the attack and how it shaped policy over the next twenty years.  

'Twenty Years Later September 11' will feature two speakers and two sessions. Dr. Yusaku Yajima will present 'Beyond the Rhetoric of Fear: Othering, Belonging, and Empowerment' on September 7 at 7:00 p.m. in room 3-D of the ULM Library. 

Signal Trees

Oct 30, 2019
K. Ouchley

In the last few years, GPS devices have become ubiquitous in our culture. Whether one is motoring the maze of big-city freeways or navigating a pirogue through the Atchafalaya Swamp, a GPS unit eliminates all excuses for becoming lost. From a historical perspective, this raises the question of how people navigated across wilderness landscapes 200 years before Garmin and Magellan. Without a doubt, such skills in Native Americans were almost innate because their lives depended on it. One of their techniques observed by early European explorers involved the concept of signal trees. 


The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is hosting their annual Chennault Gala this Thursday, October 19th. The Gala will begin at 7 pm at the Hub Music Hall in downtown Monroe.

The theme for the gala this year is "East Meets West" and will feature entertainment from a number of different Chinese and America entertainers. Tickets for the event are $75, but tables are available as well at $700.

Ben Lilly

Oct 14, 2019
K. Ouchley

At the turn of the 20th century, Louisiana's vast natural resources in the form of virgin forests and teeming wildlife were besieged by commercial interests and others lacking environmental mores. In this state of diminishing wilderness, Ben Lilly emerged from the swamps of northeastern Louisiana to become a folk hero. His reputation as the best hunter of his day evolved as a result of his obsessive compulsion to kill bears and cougars.


Starr Homeplace is hosting their monthly Community Day this Saturday, September 14th in Oakridge, LA. The Community Day will feature classes with local artists and farmers including poets, oil painters, and corn grinders. The event will begin at 8 a.m. that Saturday morning and last throughout the day. Starr Homeplace is located on 5317 Highway 133 N, Oak Ridge, LA 71264, just north of Rayville.

Singer Connections

Jan 8, 2019
K. Ouchley

Many people in northeast Louisiana are familiar with the legend of a buried silver bell in the Tensas swamp by the antebellum plantation owner Norman Frisbee. Yet there is another treasure story from 600 miles away with convoluted connections to this same spectacular wetland forest in Madison and Tensas parishes. As is often the case in such tales, anecdotal evidence is bountiful, but hard facts are slippery as fish eels.

Shooting Stars

Jan 8, 2019
K. Ouchley

Of all natural phenomena, one that never fails to elicit a cry of exclamation is a bright shooting star. Each year the earth crosses several comet dust trails at specific times during its orbit around the sun. Perhaps the most spectacular meteor storm in recorded history occurred on November 13, 1833. During a four hour period beginning at midnight the skies were lit by thousands of shooting stars each minute. Every living person in North America was likely aware of the event.

Terry Jones

Louisiana State University Press has released a new Civil War book by Dr. Terry L. Jones, professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

Tying Together History and Science

Sep 7, 2017
University of Louisiana Monroe / http://ulm.edu/history/index.html

The University of Louisiana Monroe's School of Humanities is holding a History and Science Series throughout the Fall 2017 semester. The world of history and science often coincide, and this series is designed to share a timeline of science we don't always see or hear about.