By Kevin Shannahan
The Cammie G. Henry Research Center, located on the 3rd floor of NSU’s Watson Library, hosted an opening reception for its new historical exhibit “The Sound of History” on Wednesday, Feb 13th. The exhibit features sheet music, hymnals and song books drawn from the archive’s extensive and eclectic collection. The music dates from the 1830’s to the 1940’s. In addition to the songs, which were the popular entertainment of their day, Christian sacred music is also featured. The exhibit also displays sacred music drawn from Natchitoches’ once sizable Jewish population.
Assistant Archivist Sharon Wolff, who in addition to her archival duties, is an accomplished violinist, was joined by her brother Scott in a violin duet of several pieces from the exhibit. Scott Wolff is an Air Force officer stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base and took the opportunity to come down and join his sister in bringing some of the music on display to life.
The exhibit is one of several that have been staged throughout the past year with more coming up next semester. The Cammie G. Henry Research Center is truly one of the hidden gems of Natchitoches. The center is open 8-5:00 Monday through Thursday and 8-noon on Friday.