River Road author to speak at Heritage Lecture on Thursday

River Road author to speak at Heritage Lecture on Thursday
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:04am

Author Mary Ann Sternberg will share insights on the River Road at a lecture sponsored by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana on Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the Old Governor's Mansion.

After 20 years prowling the area, she brings intriguing perspectives of the historical byway as well as new tales about its people and places.

Sternberg will be signing two new books: "River Road Rambler," an all new collection of essays/sketches about unique or underappreciated places along the river, and a third edition of "Along the River Road: Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway.," The latter is an up-to-date version of the popular compilation for River Road travelers and armchair travelers which continues to be a popular way source for exploring the history of the area along the mighty Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Both books are publications of LSU Press.

Sternberg’s two decades exploring the River Road's historic corridor have uncovered much that is not obvious to the casual visitor. She will share insights about places such as the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto and the Colonial Sugars Historic District, culturally rich and unusual River Road museums, relics such as the Valcour Aime garden, the remains of The Cottage plantation, and the wreck of the seventeenth century reproduction French war ship, Le Pelican, and much more.

She will enhance the talk with images from her prowlings.

Sternberg was a recipient of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s prestigious Preservation Award in 2007, to acknowledge her contributions in preserving Louisiana’s architectural and cultural heritage through her writings.
The lecture is free to Foundation for Historical Louisiana members and $10 for guests. Calandro's Fine Wines and Select Cellars will host refreshments at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the East Room of the mansion at 502 North Boulevard in Baton Rouge. For more information, call 225-387-2464 or visit fhl.org.
   

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