The Southern Forest Heritage Museum is hosting a symposium 28-29 October at the museum in Long Leaf Louisiana. The goal of this symposium is to promote the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history on the World War II era in Central Louisiana among historians, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as professionals .
As the United States moved closer to entering the war in Europe long laid plans were put into motion. Central Louisiana began to buzz with action as “Army men” were seen and surveys were made. Soon this turned into the busy sounds of construction. The war had come to Central Louisiana. It began in 1939 and ended in 1947 and could be described as an era of rapid growth and then sharp decline as military camps were constructed and then dismantled. Please join us as we share your insight with others on this topic.
Whether you are a veteran who wants to tell you story about the Camps, a citizen who recalls the time when trains ran and the Army ran them, or a living historian of that era, a student who wants to get experience with presentations, or a serious scholar, we can offer this opportunity to you to share what you know. While still in the planning stage and depending on the weather we can show you a portion of the Claiborne and Polk Railroad and Big Cut Bridge and offer tours of the mill where large timbers were cut for Higgins boats.
Those who would like to present their research papers need to be 10-15 pages long and relate to the above era. Abstracts need to be submitted no later than August 15, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptance will be published in the form of a schedule no later than August 31, 2011. If you would like to conduct a living history display please send requests to email@example.com for approval.
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