STGS Board Members for 2018 - 2019

President: Marguerite Scully
Treasurer: Dick Boever 
Recording Secretary/Archivist: Sharon Webb
Corresponding Secretary: Pam Herty 
Board Member-at-Large: Beth Stahr


January 2019



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February 2019 Program


In Lost Louisiana: The Cattle Drives of Louisiana, the speaker Stella Tanoos will explore the history of Louisiana’s cattle drives to New Orleans, from the earliest known cattle drives of the 1700s by the French to the last American cattle drives within Louisiana in the early 1900s.  The speaker will describe the known cattle drive routes across Louisiana and through its swamps and the dangerous health conditions that existed in the slaughterhouses of New Orleans.  She will discuss the economic conditions of the 18th and 19th centuries that made the long and arduous trip possible and advantageous to those who undertook it.

Ms. Tanoos crowns this exploration of a little-known part of Louisiana history with her inclusion of the story of one cattle drive that began in Texas in November 1854 and ended in New Orleans in February 1855.  Using the diary of Louisiana-born cowboy William Duncan Berry and her extensive research of available records of this period, Ms. Tanoos provides the audience with a vivid depiction of the journeys undertaken by the courageous men who drove these herds.  

PLACE:  Causeway Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Public Library
3457 U.S.Highway 190 in Mandeville, LA (985) 626-9779
(in the K-Mart parking lot,

near the UPS store)
DATE AND TIME: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 10 a.m. to 12 noon

The Society’s Meet-and-Greet will precede the presentation and will begin at 9:30 a.m., during which light refreshments will be served.  The presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12 noon.  It is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited to adults and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stella Tanoos is a life-long student of the history of Louisiana.  She is a member of the Board of the Iberville Museum in Plaquemine, Louisiana, as well as a Board member of Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane, Inc.  Ms. Tanoos’ extensive research of the history of the Atchafalaya Basin, which holds a prominent place in her ancestral history as well as the history of the Louisiana cattle drives, has made her one of the few subject-matter experts in this arena.

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Meeting Location

for 2019 Dates:

Causeway Branch

St. Tammany Library 3457 U.S. Highway 190

Mandeville, LA