“Cane River Bohemia” Book Signing Held at Cammie G. Henry Research Center

Patricia Austin Becker (4)

NSU’s Cammie G. Henry Research Center was the scene of a sold out book signing for “Cane River Bohemia: Cammie G. Henry and Her Circle at Melrose Plantation” Thursday October 18th. The book is written by Patricia Austin Becker, who teaches English at Bossier High when she is not writing about history, is published by LSU Press. The author first became interested in her subject when touring Melrose Plantation. She heard about the artist’s colony Cammie Henry hosted from shortly after her husband’s death in 1918 until shortly before her death in 1948 and became curious about the woman behind it all. Ms. Becker was unable to find any books concerning Cammie Henry. That lack was to set her on a five year research quest going through Cammie Henry’s papers at the NSU archive. The result is an interesting story of a unique woman who raised a family, ran a plantation and hosted an artist’s colony featuring writers, painters and other creative artists. The signing also marked the opening of a display at the Cammie G. Henry Research Center of items and papers relating to Cammie Henry, her family and some of the writers and other artists who lived and worked at Melrose.