Remembering Sue Ball – An Advocate for Shreveport

Remembering Sue Ball – A Shreveport Advocate Last month, Shreveport lost one of its greatest preservation advocates, Mary Sue Ball.  Sue left a legacy and became to be known as “Miss Highland.” She was devoted to help restore, promote, and maintain the historic Highland and Fairfield neighborhoods of Shreveport. Sue volunteered to improve the quality […]

Meet the Board – Steve Mintz

Steve Mintz joined the Louisiana Trust board of directors in July 2020 and is excited to connect with other preservationists across the state.   Name: Steve Mintz Current Occupation: Retired from Financial Profession. Hometown: Monroe, Louisiana Current Town: West Monroe , Louisiana. When/how did you realize you were a preservationist? It was a decades process […]

Louisiana Trust Launches Effort to Identify Former Rosenwald Schools Across State

Baton Rouge, LA – In the early 20th century, a partnership between Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute and Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears & Roebuck, built thousands of schools for African American children in the rural areas of the South.  Louisiana saw 442 of those 5400 school buildings constructed, with grants from Rosenwald […]

Meet the Board – Lisa Condrey Ward

Name: Lisa Condrey-Ward Current Occupation: Attorney/ Hotelier/ Real Estate Developer Hometown: Lake Providence, LA Current Town: Covington, LA When/How did you realize you were a preservationist?  As a child, my mother and I toured the historic homes of Natchez, MS and many other places we visited. I was always interested in history and the stories […]

Meet the Board – Cassie Condrey

Name: Cassie Condrey Current Occupation: Writer, Photographer, Proprietor at Bernard House Hometown & Current Town: Lake Providence, LA When/How did you realize you were a preservationist? I see now that I was very young, just a girl. Going through abandoned farm houses and studying wallpapers and floor plans and artifacts left behind. I have mourned […]

Meet the Board – Ben Luke

Next up in our “Meet the Board” blog series is Ben Luke.  Ben has served on the LTHP board since 2017 and is based out the Marksville area. ________________ Name: Ben Luke Current Occupation: Attorney, Owner of Ben Luke Law and Ben Luke Abstract & Title Co. – offices in Marksville, Alexandria, Lake Charles, and […]

2020 Preservation Awards

2020 Louisiana Preservation Awards Announced    Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana is filled with great places, great traditions and great people keeping those cultural assets alive.  The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation honors 10 new award recipients for their impactful efforts to save historic places, build pride and foster engagement in their communities. Awardees have been nominated and selected based on   Significance and […]

Meet the Board – LaFonda Stelly

Name: LaFonda Stelly Current Occupations: Sr. Database Administrator for JRTC in Fort Polk, LA … House Flipper … Real Estate Property Stagger … Vintage Shop Owner … (if it’s a good idea, I’ll try it) Hometown: Ville Platte, LA Current Town: Leesville, LA When/how did you realize you were a preservationist?  I’ve been blessed to […]

Meet the Board – Donna Richard

Next up on our “Meet the Board” series is Donna Richard of Lake Charles.  Donna has been very active with the LTHP Board in recent years including serving as Board President in previous years. Name: Donna Richard Current Occupation: Retired accountant & teacher Hometown & Current Town:  Lake Charles, LA When/How did you realize you […]

2020 Louisiana’s Most Endangered Places Announced

Baton Rouge, LA - The state of Louisiana is full of great historic and cultural sites which are celebrated near and far.  Sometimes these historic sites suffer neglect and are threatened to be lost forever, unless there is change.  Since 1999, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation has identified these endangered historic places to advocate for their […]