The Louisiana Arts Council for several Louisiana districts held a Celebration of the 80th Anniversay of the Great Depression at the Artspace Center, Shreveport, Louisiana. Mother and I were honored to be invited to be speakers at this celebration on Nov. 14th. Mama was unable to attend, but Aunt Sue and Suzanne went with me to Shreveport that beautiful sunny Saturday. We did some shopping on the way and got into Shreveport about 1:00 but had a little trouble finding the Artspace Center. As it turned out we had been passing it by on Texas Street several times in our search but the building was not marked well enough to see the name on the front of the building.
When we got our table set up with books ready to sell, we joined the group of authors and speakers there for the program. It was very interesting to hear about other people's books and their lives or the subjects about which they wrote, many including people or times during the Great Depression. After I gave a review of our book "Sharecropping in North Louisiana: A Family's Struggle Through the Great Depression," Aunt Sue read the chapter about the Flood of 1927 and shared with the group mama's oil painting of the syrup mill. A fun time was had by all.