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Posters like this one, drawn by Harrison Fisher in 1918, attracted new recruits into the Red Cross, where they were desperately needed to nurse the casualties of World War I.

World War I

The United States entered World War I in April of 1917. In St. Charles Parish, lives were turned upside down. Men were called away to duty and families were fragmented. However, the country’s involvement in the war was relatively short-lived. The Treaty of... Read More

The Great Outdoors

For centuries in St. Charles Parish, the rivers, bayous, swamps, and lakes provided the citizens with unlimited fish and game for recreation as well as commerce for those individuals who preferred working in the great.... Read More

The spillway became a tourist attraction.

Bonnet Carré Spillway

The Bonnet Carré Spillway is just one element of a comprehensive U.S. Corps of Engineers flood control plan in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The construction of the Bonnet Carré Spillway not only provided employment to thousands of workers but ultimately “put.... Read More

The Trépagnier Plantation, which later became Myrtleland, was built by Francois Trépagnier. Myrtleland Plantation was sold to Thomas Sellers in 1876 and the area (present-day Norco) became known as Sellers. The Bonnet Carré Crevasse of 1882 brought about the end of the flourishing plantation but the house remained intact. Sellers and neighboring upriver Roseland Plantations
were consolidated to form Diamond Plantation, which was later sold to Leon Godchaux in 1897. (Sketch courtesy of William E. Riecke, Jr., 1973)

Diamond Plantation

While he was still a young man working on the Mississippi River, Thomas Sellers met Samuel B. Clemens, who later became the famous writer Mark Twain. Sellers and Clemens shared a warm, long-lasting friendship. Sellers adopted the title “Colonel” from one... Read More