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Noel Memorial Library at LSU Shreveport and the Noel Collection to Host Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Symposium

October 28, 2014

Shreveport, LA-- The New Orleans campaign in 1814-15 may have left Louisianans ambivalent in their attitudes toward Andrew Jackson, but it catapulted the Hero of New Orleans to immortality. Andrew Jackson's stunning victory over the British at New Orleans transformed Old Hickory into a national hero. It also produced a symbolic sense of self-confidence, identity, and purpose among Americans that has manifested itself in popular culture ever since but left some participants forgotten in the dust bin of history.

LSU Shreveport will host a symposium November 13 and 14, 2014, commemorating the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, at Noel Memorial Library on its campus.  The title for the symposium is "The Battle of New Orleans, Real and Remembered." The stellar slate of presenters includes:      

  • Don Hickey, Professor of History at Wayne State College    
  • Mark R. Cheathem, Associate Professor of History at Cumberland University
  • Paul D. Gelpi, Professor of Military History at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College
  • Alex Mikaberadize, Professor of History at LSU Shreveport
  • Blake Dunnavent, Associate Professor of History at LSU Shreveport
  • Gene Allen Smith, TCU Professor of History, Curator of History at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Joseph F. Stoltz, III, Assistant Editor, West Point History of Warfare, at the U. S. Military Academy
  • Tracey E. W. Laird, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Agnes Scott College
  • Leslie Gregory Gruesbeck, Assistant Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Northwestern State University of Louisiana  

Dr. Gary Joiner, Chair of the Department of History at LSU Shreveport and member of the state Bicentennial Commission on the Battle of New Orleans will present opening and concluding remarks.  

A student mixer on Thursday afternoon, November 13, will give students the opportunity to mix and mingle with the distinguished presenters.  

The symposium is funded by the Noel Foundation of Shreveport, Louisiana, owner of the J. S. Noel Collection at LSU Shreveport, which has recently acquired several pieces of Jacksoniana relating to Louisiana and the Battle of New Orleans, which will be on display during the event (November 10, 2014-January 31,  2015). For more information and early registration, contact or call 318-797-5378.  

Louisiana State University Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with more than 20 undergraduate degree programs, a dozen master's degree programs (including the new online MBA), and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies, as well as over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit 

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