Hubert, a resident of Keithville, Louisiana, was born in Charity Hospital in Shreveport as the eldest of three sons to Hubert Allen, a cotton farmer, and Lucille Bennett Allen. His boyhood was difficult. He grew up in "a rough area, a ghetto. So you know you almost had to fight every day," he recalls. His neighborhood was gang-infested, and crime-ridden. He saw a man try to shoot his wife, and witnessed the murder of a student near Booker T. Washington High School where he attended. There, a teacher proved to be a positive influence on his young life, especially engendering Hubert's love of history. In high school he participated in the National Defense Cadet Corps, similar to the ROTC. To read the entire bio, click the link above.
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A large part of the Norton’s Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection is dedicated to first-hand accounts of American history. The first Eyewitness to History exhibit features reports and stories from the American Revolution by those who actually participated and/or witnessed the events they describe. From scholarly accounts of the issues involved to stirring depictions of actual warfare, these works provide a “you were there” sense of history and remind us that what we think of as the natural course of events could, in fact, have had many outcomes.
"In the beginning was the Word..." John 1:1 Powerful works of literature have always inspired artists in other media as well as their own, and arguably the most powerful written works are those born out of religious belief, like the Bible. Painters, sculptors, ceramacists, and poets have drawn from its narratives, from the cautionary origin tale of Adam and Eve, sculpted by both Auguste Rodin and Paul Manship, to the redemptive story of the Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ, caught in paint and porcelain by masters including Jean-Honore' Fragonard and Edward Boehm.
Originally rare and expensive, glass has always drawn the eye with both its brilliance and transparency. This tour will explain the glass-making process, including blowing, cutting, and pressing, with a PowerPoint presentation and an exploration of gallery glassworks including Steuben and Gillinder & Co.
Not everybody loves Valentine’s Day. For those of us still single or, worse yet, smarting from a relationship that didn’t work out, these artists offer a little fellow-feeling with their own tales involving jilted lovers and the bad boys and girls that lured us into bad judgment (and occasionally bad behavior).
From the Permanent Collection: Sampler Dated 16 February, 1830
by Susanna Foster (?)
For centuries, needlework was considered both an appropriate and necessary accomplishment for young women. Much of this training was originally done in the form of schoolgirl samplers, like this one by young Susanna Foster of Bridgetown in 1830. These were educational tools, not only in needlework, teaching both practical and ornamental skills, but also in terms of learning the alphabet, which was a feature of the majority of them. While girls usually began with simple marking samples displaying relatively easy cross-stitched alphabets, numbers, and simple geometric designs, as they grew more sophisticated in technique, they produced images like that of the home, people, trees, flowers, and even the family dogs depicted in this one. In many ways, samplers provided a historical record of the "artist's" educational training and the value placed upon various aspects of life. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
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Zephyranthes are commonly called rain lilies because they often bloom after it rains. White Rain Lily is the most popular species of Zephyranthes. Native to the southeastern United States & Central and South America, the plant's foliage resembles monkey grass. It works well as a border and in small garden spaces. The White Rain Lily tolerates drought, heat and the clay soil common to this area. This evergreen plant is covered with large white flowers in early fall. Heat stressed plants recover from underground bulbs when water is applied or temperatures cool off. Start rain lilies from bulbs, planting them in full sun, partial shade, or even full shade in moist, well-drained soil. Under very hot, dry conditions, rain lilies prefer some shade. Once established, rain lilies need little care and will survive on rainfall alone. White Rain Lilies obtain optimal growth with minimal care. If you want to divide them, wait until after the flowers have bloomed in the fall, just before the plants go dormant for the winter.