Lecture on Governor Francis T. Nicholls set for March 15 at Old Governor's Mansion

Lecture on Governor Francis T. Nicholls set for March 15 at Old Governor's Mansion

POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:34am

The Foundation for Historical Louisiana (FHL) will hold its monthly Heritage Lecture on Thursday, March 15, featuring noted speaker and author Andrew Capone as the guest presenter on "Meet My Friend 'Frank' Nicholls."

According to Capone, Francis T. Nicholls was known by many titles, Colonel, General, Governor, Chief Justice, but his family and friends called him "Frank." Capone will share many details of the life and times of Francis T. Nicholls, who served as Governor from 1877-1880.

Capone was born and raised in Donaldsonville and is a resident of Napoleonville. He is the founder and president of the Fort Butler Foundation, a non-profit group, whose mission is to help preserve and teach the history of the Donaldsonville area.

For twelve years he led a team of historians and archeologists who documented all of the Civil War activities along Bayou Lafourche from Donaldsonville to Lafourche Crossing. He also wrote a history column for several newspapers and magazines, including The Advocate. He has helped to write many books on the Civil War and a play, “The River.”
He was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Medal of Honor by United Daughters of the Confederacy for his efforts in preserving Southern history and heritage.

The event is free to FHL members and $10 for guests. A reception hosted by Calandro's Fine Wine and Select Cellars will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the 6:30 p.m. lecture.

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