NHF awards scholarships to NSU students, unveils new book ‘Christmas Along the Cane’

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation held an event titled “Celebrate and Tailgate” on Sept. 10 at its offices on Second Street. Attendees were decked out in purple and orange, although there may have been some purple and gold present too.

Natchitoches Historic Foundation President Terri Cunningham announced new members, which included: Ray McDowell, Nancy Rutledge, Beth Prejean, Susan Wright, and Cheryl Dupree.

There was a silent auction with NSU and LSU wreaths. But the main reason everyone was gathered was for the release of the NHF’s wonderful coffee table book “Christmas Along Cane River.” This book began with an idea from Cathy Seymour, was brought into fruition by Angela Eversull and Connie Melder, and was brought to life with photos by Rachel Leigh Procell.

Frank Hall presented scholarships to the three applicants the NHF was able to narrow their search down to. Originally they were going to choose one student, but the applicants’ qualifications made this a hard task. So in the end three NSU students received a $1,000 Mildred Hart Bailey scholarship. The award is for students with an interest in historic preservation who wish to undertake a project related to that field.

Bailey Quick is a junior criminal justice major from Chestnut. She started her own genealogy business creating binders on peoples’ families, which led her to the idea for her project to start a genealogy class for the Natchitoches community.

Cody Ashworth is a junior history major from Glenmora. His project will entail processing the Martha Madden Collection into the Cammie G. Henry Research Center at the Watson Memorial Library at NSU.

Jessica Mullican, from DeRidder, is double majoring in communications and business. Her project is called “Scanning Saturdays,” which helps preserve history by digitizing photos and other memorabilia to preserve it for future generations.

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