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New exhibit celebrates life through local experiences

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The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum has something new for you history buffs out there. An exhibit called "It's What You Make of It, A Celebration of Life" opened to the public this afternoon. It features life experiences and hardships of 24 local individuals older than 75. Their stories of the 20th century's hardships and rewards are told through a local perspective.

"I want the coming generation to know about it," Ike Bogan, a participant, said. 

He was born and raised around Coushatta and shares his experience with racism in the 1950's in Red River Parish. Bogan says he wasn't very active in the civil rights movement, but he still stood up for himself. He was one of the few to testify in court and to the FBI about discrimination in the parish and had his life threatened for it.

There are also stories about the Great Depression. Emily Anne Ostendorff was born and raised in Belcher. She remembers seeing fellow students arrive to school in dire condition.

"There was so much poverty at that time," Ostendorff said. "That's just something you don't forget."

Ostendorff says she'll also never forget the day World War II ended in 1945. Her future husband had been fighting in the Pacific. It was overwhelming for her and others to know soldiers would be coming home.

"When the war was over in June, everyone in Belcher and all around came down to Shreveport, and we lined Texas Street with cars and the horns were honking," Ostendorff said. "Everybody was kissing everyone else, and it was a happy, happy time."

Bogan and Ostendorff's stories, along with the others, will remain on display until December 27th. The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is free to tour in the museum's West Wing Gallery.

 

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