Louisiana family journal of letters from early 1900s to be featured in lecture

Louisiana family journal of letters from early 1900s to be featured in lecture
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POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:30am

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:34am

A book of letters "Now and Always: A Louisiana Love Story" will be the topic of The Foundation for Historical Louisiana Heritage Lecture on Thursday, July 19, at the Old Governor's Mansion. The book was edited by Christian Garcia on the life of his maternal grandparents, Joseph Bradford Lancaster and Amanda Doerr Lancaster, and their life and times in the early 1900s.

Garcia writes and edits non-fiction, specializing in books of biography, history and spirituality. In the book, Joseph and Amanda Lancaster record their love for each other and their children and reveal a picture of life in Louisiana at the turn of the 20th century, particularly life in the Florida parishes. Joseph Lancaster was a parish superintendent of education, legislator, and judge who kept in close contact with his wife Amanda Lancaster through their correspondence while he traveled throughout Louisiana.

Garcia is also the author of "U.S. Economics: 1700-1860" and "U.S. Economics: 1861-1941," both published by Benchmark Education Company, Pelham, NY. He also has written leveled readers for elementary school publishers and has edited numerous elementary and middle school textbooks in all subject areas. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina, and is a proud native of Louisiana, where he grew up in Covington

The lecture is open to the public and is free to Foundation for Historical Louisiana members and $10 for guests. The event begins at 6 p.m. with refreshments hosted by Calandro's Select Cellars and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. The Old Governor's Mansion is located at 501 North Boulevard in downtown Baton Rouge.

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