This Week in Louisiana History

On July 8, 1994, Louisiana astronaut James Donald Halsell Jr. went to space for the first time as pilot of the space shuttle Columbia. The flight covered 6.1 million miles and lasted 353 hours and 55 minutes, just under 15 days. Astronauts were filmed during liftoff and reentry for the first time during this mission. As they orbited Earth, the crew honored the 25th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first trip to the moon which also took place on a ship named Columbia. The shuttle carried the second International Microgravity Laboratory, which the astronauts powered up once in orbit. … Continue reading →

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History Hiatus

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Molly Manson

Dear Readers, We're pressing pause on "This Week in Louisiana History" for the time being. We hope to bring the feature back at the beginning of the school year. Please, take this opportunity to tell us what you have liked about the feature and what you would like changed. Perhaps you have a topic you would like us to address. Let us hear from you!

Who cares about the seemingly insignificant?

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Molly Manson

The Baton Rouge bus boycott offers several topics for discussion or writing. Here are just a few that come to mind. If you have others, please share them in the comment section below.

Horatio Thompson was a business owner who did what he could to help the boycott effort. He sold gas at cost to those who were using their personal vehicles to give people rides. He is not remembered in the textbooks, but he played a crucial role. Can you find an example of someone who did something that mattered, but who isn't remembered by many people?

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