Champions of the Preservation Community Step-Up for APHN and Jazz Brunch Monday, May 13 2013 

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

Saturday, May 11, 2013 saw approximately 1oo persons enjoy a Jazz Brunch featuring Chef Chris Levy and the Sweet Cane Inn at the Melrose Plantation. Executive Director of APHN,  Adam T. Foreman welcomed guests for the event which took place during National Preservation Month May 2013.    The cuisine was superb, the music delightful and the Silent Auction engaging.

A poem was recited by Dr. Julie Kane, Louisiana Poet Laureate entitled Natchitoches In Song and Story.  This hauntingly beautiful piece was written by George Williamson in 1923.   Read the full text by going to the APHN website.   

A SPECIAL WORD OF GRATITUDE TO THE 2013 PRESERVATION JAZZ BRUNCH SPONSORS AND APHN CORPORATE MEMBERS

Dyess Law Firm                                    TEJ Agency

Lott Oil Company                                Waskom Brown and Associates

Exchange Bank                                     Weaver Brothers Land and Timber Company

SEE!           SAVE!         CELEBRATE!

Jazz Brunch at Melrose Plantation

Jazz Brunch at Melrose Plantation

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Do You Need to Destroy the Old to Build the New? Tuesday, Jan 17 2012 

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

Building the New Does Not Have to Destroy the Old. Mike Vance makes this point succinctly in his editorial of Sunday, January 15, 2012 in the Houston Chronicle. Vance reports that it is frequently said in his city “Houston has no history. We tear it all down.”

Fortunately, this is not the case. He cites the following examples:

  • a 1930 vintage White Castle, the city’s oldest known fast-food restaurant, was given a landmark designation.
  • 40 years ago an entire industrial planned community, containing hundreds of structures, was turned into a historic district.
  • in 2011, that district, The Pullman, was named one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods by the American Planning Association.
Good for you Houston. Keep up the good work of preservation.
In Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, there are also enough people who have realized through the years that building the new did not mean destroying the old. They saw the value of both. May their tribe increase!
The Historic District in the City of Natchitoches, oldest permanent settlement in the Louisisna Purchase Territory (even older than New Orleans), and the Historic District in the Parish are evidence that preservation is regarded as vital.
What does having a Preservationist mind-set involve?
  • be willing to pay the price for preserving something precious for all to enjoy now and protecting the patrimony of future generations
  • support ordinances and legislation that preserve sites, including the endangered Cane River Lake. Exposed duct work and replica signage are a far cry from centuries-old brick work and patenated cypress.
  • know that property values are enhanced with preservation projects. 

In summary, when 80 year old houses are converted into law offices that preserve the integrity of the structure, you find what I call a “good lawyer”. Imagine! When an old gas station is converted into a restaurant that is in the character of a historic district, it is a “good restaurant”.

For the residents of Houston and Natchitoches I will say: Lets build on our successes, learn from our failures, build the new and beautiful, preserve the old and remember the stories that go with places that have been here a while.

The African House, Melrose Plantation

New Shops and Condos on Front Street, Natchitoches in site of old Nakatosh Hotel

The City of Natchitoches will celebrate the Tri-Centennial Year of its founding in 2014. Watch for special events on this blog site.

A Historical Note About the Lemee Family of Natchitoches Wednesday, May 11 2011 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historical Natchitoches (APHN)

The Lemee House, Headquarters for APHN

 

The following history of the Lemee family is from a letter dated September 19, 1937 from Houma, Louisiana. It was written by Carrie Campbell Butler to her cousin Louis. In response to his desire to know something of his Granddmother Lemee’s family, Carrie Butler shares facts that she learned from “our grandmother and my own mother, who was Emma Lemee.  

“Granmother’s name was Eugenie De Lamaliere. Her mother was married twice-first husband was Bosier-there were two Bosiers-a son who worked many years for the French government-his son and his grandson well known in New Orleans as Judges Bosier. Their father and other prominent men from New Orleans were ready with a ship to sail for the isle of St. Helena to rescue Bonapart when they learned of his death… Grandma Lemee’s father, De Lamaliere, was wealthy. He owned a fleet of ships that sailed from Europe to the West Indies, principally San Domingo-where his family lived-they escaped the night of that terrible massacre in one of his boats, landed near Baltimore where Grandma was born, 1804 three months after the landing… Grandpa Lemee moved to Natchitoches…in 1832…or about that time. My mother was the first of his children born there (Natchitoches) and Uncle Adolph next and so on-Grandpa Lemee settled in Natchitoches, his father (our great grandfather) Alexis Lemee was a banker in Port Au Prince, San Domingo, where our grandfather was born- but our great grandfather was born in France (Paris) and returned there after his son was nearly grown.-that is where he met Grandma. The old Lemee House also used to be a bank-is still standing on Jefferson Street in Natchitoches. I often visit it-memories crowd me-sadness envelops me.

In a final paragraph, Carrie Campbell Butler writes in a most moving and evocative fashion:

“I am sorry that I cannot write a better history of our family but I am old and feelings overcome me. I would love it if you all could arrange one day to meet at the little old house. Do you think it possible?”

Was  it possible? Did it ever happen? I would like to think it did but I have no way of knowing. I do know that deep within all of us a longing to go back to a place, that in our hearts we never left.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches Seeks Executive Director Tuesday, May 10 2011 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

APHN SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Executive Director for Historic Preservation organization which manages a plantation and provides educational programs.    Organizational Development and Fundraising skills required. For full Job Description click here.

Melrose Plantation, the Big House Managed by APHNThe Lemee House, Headquarters for APHN

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Celebrating America’s Treasures”The National Trust for Historic Preservation has declared May National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” Throughout our nation’s communities there are significant places that have contributed to our American experience. To preserve these irreplaceable and tangible reminders of our roots in Natchitoches Parish, APHN and other preservation organizations need your support. Though the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival, you empower APHN in its work to preserve Melrose Plantation and the Lemee House for the enjoyment of future generations. Go to the APHN website, http://www.aphnatchitoches.net/ to fill out the membership application form and join APHN in “Celebrating America’s Treasures”. These places matter and so do you.

 

Plan a Tour of the Melrose Historic Home and Out-Buildings of the Metoyer “Gens de Colour Libre”.
*See
Miss Cammie Henry’s collection of hand woven pieces.
*Visit
the Clementine Hunter Murals in the African House.
*Enjoy
the lovely Fall and Christmas decorations.
*Shop
in the Book Store Bindery for books and gift items.

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches Seeks Executive Director Tuesday, May 10 2011 

Posted by Doyle Bailey for

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

APHN SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Executive Director for Historic Preservation organization which manages a plantation and provides educational programs.    Organizational Development and Fundraising skills required. For full Job Description click here.

Melrose Plantation, the Big House Managed by APHNThe Lemee House, Headquarters for APHN

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Celebrating America’s Treasures”The National Trust for Historic Preservation has declared May National Preservation Month and this year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” Throughout our nation’s communities there are significant places that have contributed to our American experience. To preserve these irreplaceable and tangible reminders of our roots in Natchitoches Parish, APHN and other preservation organizations need your support. Though the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival, you empower APHN in its work to preserve Melrose Plantation and the Lemee House for the enjoyment of future generations. Go to the APHN website, http://www.aphnatchitoches.net/ to fill out the membership application form and join APHN in “Celebrating America’s Treasures”. These places matter and so do you.

 

Plan a Tour of the Melrose Historic Home and Out-Buildings of the Metoyer “Gens de Colour Libre”.
*See
Miss Cammie Henry’s collection of hand woven pieces.
*Visit
the Clementine Hunter Murals in the African House.
*Enjoy
the lovely Fall and Christmas decorations.
*Shop
in the Book Store Bindery for books and gift items.