Children’s Historic Tour of Natchitoches Friday, Sep 30 2011 

If you moved around in the Historic District of Natchitoches during September 26-30, 2011, you would have seen precious pilgrims walking with teachers, parents and members of APHN. They were third graders from Weaver, L. P. Vaughn, Goldonna, Cloutierville, Fairview Alpha, NSU Lab, Oasis/Home School, St. Mary’s, Parks, Marthaville, and Provencal.

Group Approaching the Roque House

Group Arriving at the Lemee House, APHN Headquarters

Adam Foreman, Executive Director APHN, walks with children

Sarah, Cody, and Brooke, docents at the Old Courthouse

                  Sarah, Cody and Brooke Served as Docents at the Old Courthouse

Games from the 18 th. Century included trying to walk on stilts

Trolley Ride from Roque House to Lemee House a Favorite

Callicote Belle with children. "Clementine Hunter" center with hat

              Callicote Belle with Children. “Clementine Hunter” center with hat.

A special word of thanks:

  • to the schools who brought their third graders to participate
  • to the teachers and parents who walked with the children to each site
  • to the docents who taught the children at each site
  • to the Callicote Belles who kept things going smoothly
  • to APHN volunteers who gave of their time
  • to Natchitoches businesses who made contributions to the Children’s Tour
You could not be a part of the Children’s Historic Tour of Natchitoches, or even observe it, without being aware of the fact that something special was going on here. I hope you did not miss it.

Posted by Doyle Bailey for The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Something Great to Do on an Autumn Weekend in Natchitoches Wednesday, Sep 21 2011 

So you do not like to shoot the little bushy-tailed squirrels nor care for watching the pigskins fly. Say your heart is not in putting up a deer stand or practicing like Robin Hood for the bow season. Some might ask” “What on earth does that leave for meaningful human activity?” I am so glad you asked that question.

On the Second Weekend in October (7, 8, 9), the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) offers the Annual Fall Tour of Homes.

Take the Candlelight Tour on Friday Evening and revel in an enchanting stroll through the National Landmark District…the Service League of Natchitoches will host its third  tasting fair at the Prudhomme-Rouquiermake House featuring recipes in their “Steel Magnolias Kitchen Cookbook”…make  your last stop the Ferrer-Westrop Cottage to enjoy music, wine and cheese

Visit National Historic Sites on the town and country tours

Explore the private homes of Louisiana’s oldest French Colony

Tickets are available at the Natchitoches Area Convention/Visitors Bureau on Front Street or online at

Melrose Plantation (circa 1796) will be featured on the Cane River Country Tour. See a collection of art work by primitive artist Clementine Hunter.

Melrose Plantation, the Big House Managed by APHN

The Lemee House, APHN's Headquarters for the Fall Tour of Homes

Fall Tour at the Lemee House

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

The Women’s Resource Center of Natchitoches Has a Mission to Preserve Something Very Precious in Natchitoches Thursday, Sep 1 2011 

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The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN)

Kudos and a heart-felt salute to the Women’s Resource Center of Natchitoches and Becky Stewart, Executive Director. You guys are everything a community-based, non-profit organization should be and are a credit to the Natchitoches Community. You do your job well, do it on a sustained basis and make our community a more hope-filled place to live. Becky, you and your staff are totally awesome. No one does it better. I am convinced my fellow Board Members of APHN and the organizations’s membership join me in wishing you continued success and God’s  richest blessings. May the GALA for this year be the best ever!

Becky Stewart

The  Women’s Resource Center of Natchitoches:

  • offers hope for young women who have no idea to whom they might turn
  • provides possibilities for a brighter future
  • presents alternatives, without pressuring, when a young woman might feel she has no choice but a bad one
  • preserves precious values that are cherished by the people of the Natchitoches  community without judging, pressuring or  profiting


Each year on the fourth Thursday in Sept, we host the “Celebration of Life” gala. This is the major fundraising event for the Center. Held at the Natchitoches Events Center,the program is always informative and uplifting and includes a well-known keynote speaker. Following the program, a delicious buffet dinner is served catered by the famousLasyone’s Restaurant. The attendance usually exceeds 600 guests.
The purpose of the gala is to bring awareness to the work and services offered by theWRC and to bring new friends and partners to the ministry.

All of the costs of the gala are underwritten by our sponsors. Any one is invited to become a sponsor which may be corporate, individual, churches, organizations,businesses, etc. Sponsors are listed in all publicity and signage and include other privileges. This allows the WRC to keep the cost of tickets to a minimum.
It is a wonderful evening with great friends, wonderful food, music, and the assurance that one has helped in touching the lives of women in our communities by supporting theWRC.

Tickets are $25.00 and will be available for purchase online in July.

(From the WRC Website)