Historian and writer Adley Cormier was born and educated in Louisiana. A longtime career in regional economic development and a lifelong avocation in the performing arts, visual arts, and preservation have given him a unique vantage point to experience the distinctive culture and heritage of Louisiana. Since retirement, he has focused on writing and guiding visitors to Southwest Louisiana. His writing credits include articles, translations, plays, and books including the 2017 release of Lost Lake Charles.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 6
Places in the Past Tense: Missing Old Louisiana
4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Lost Lake Charles
Fires, hurricanes, neglect and progress erased much of Lake Charles’s physical history. The young town was a magnet for pirates and privateers, like the infamous Jean Lafitte, who conducted business at the mouth of what is today called the Contraband Bayou. Michigan Men, creoles and cowboys made their way to the fledgling Louisiana town to start new lives. A great lumber industry shaped the town in the nineteenth century. Streetcars ran routes around the clock seven days a week. Author and historian Adley Cormier delves deep into Lake Charles’s past to uncover a history that has been lost to time and change.
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