Do you remember when Southern Maid Donuts first opened its doors? How about, when Bossier City was nothing but Barksdale Air Force Base and cotton fields? The exhibit that displayed the history of Shreveport so brilliantly last year through vintage photographs and memorabilia is back by popular demand, and it’s expanded to include Bossier City.
“Remember in Shreveport and Bossier When,” is free, open to the public and described by the Friends of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum as a “people’s exhibit… a time to be able to loan a bit of our history in these great cities so that others can learn from it.” Items included in the expansive exhibition include Elvis photographs, sports keepsakes, and historic business and community memorabilia on loan from residents of the sister cities.
As a twenty-something-year-old resident of the Shreveport-Bossier Metroplex, I found myself searching for evidence of my parents’ adolescent years in old Fair Park yearbooks and pictures of the Caddo Cuties. I was fascinated by the vintage signage and advertisements from The Louisiana Hayride and Southwestern Gas & Electric-the modern day SWEPCO.
To experience, in my opinion, one of the most enriching exhibitions of the history of Shreveport-Bossier visit the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, located at 3015 Greenwood Road in Shreveport, now through Saturday, July 28. Museum hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, click here or ‘Like’ the event on Facebook to stay up-to-date.