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The regular meeting of the Louisiana Historical Society took place Wednesday, July 21st, with Mr. Dymond, chairman, and 44 members present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Karl Gerhardt, sculptor, showed a miniature model of a proposed statue to Bienville, and Mr. Thompson urged that the society take active steps to carry out the project of a splendid memorial to the Father of New Orleans, and outlined a scheme for collecting funds to finance it.
Reporting for the Membership Committee, Mr. Hart presented the following names for membership in the society: Miss Ida Whittaker, Rev. Emanuel Sternheim of Baton Rouge, Mr. J. W. Gaidry, Miss Loios Pelton, Mr. E. B. Ortle, and Mr. C. A. L. DuQuesnay.
On motion, duly seconded and carried, they were elected members of the society.
Mr. Hart spoke of his interview with the members of the Probe Commission, and told of his suggestion that the funds for the publication of the society's proceedings be furnished by the State, which was favorably received by the Commission.
Mr. Dymond introduced Father O'Brien, of Loyola University, who then read a paper on “The Expulsion of the Society of Jesus from Colonial Louisiana."
The paper showed deep research and careful preparation and was much appreciated by the audience.
On motion of Mr. Thompson, duly seconded, the thanks of the society were voted Father O'Brien and the paper ordered printed in the proceedings.
Mr. Dymond called attention to the influence on çivilization in Texas, the Mississippi Valley and California brought about by the works of the early missionaries.
Mr. Gaidry brought up the matter of converting a portion of the Chalmette Battle Ground into a public park, the tract including the old Delaronde house in which Packenham is said to have died. And introduced the following resolution:
WHEREAS our Federal Government has, in the past, dedicated, prepared and maintained such National Military Parks as those at Chicamauga, Vicksburg, Gettysburg and Shiloh, and whereas our present administration is disposed to liberally appropriate funds to maintain our dignity and preserve peace by the erection of adequate coast defences and the training of our civilian population in military tactics;
WHEREAS we are primarily interested in indelibly preserving this great historical event, of indeed international consequence, we believe that our Federal administration will not only concur with us in this, our effort, but co-operate also for the reason that it will also contribute to the ends desired, namely—the fostering of a patriotic spirit in our present and coming generations, as well as commemorate the valor and deeds of our ancestors;
Therefore be it resolved, that the Louisiana Historical Society petition our Federal representatives to prepare and present to Congress a bill for the appropriation of, and dedication, preparation and maintenance of an adequate National Military Park on the plains of Chalmette, or the battle ground of the Battle of New Orleans, January 8th, 1815.
Amended to eliminate military and substitute patriotic.
Mr. Thompson said that there was already a monument marking the battle field, and that, in his opinion, the society had done all it could do to preserve the history of the site.
Mr. Hart said that the site should be made into a great park, with proper approaches and the spots marked where great events transpired during the Battle of New Orleans.
Col. J. D. Hill made an earnest speech saying that the Battle of New Orleans was the last battle of the American Revolution, and that if England had won, all the territory
west of the Mississippi river would have been British territory to this day. That militarism in the United States is not kept sufficiently alive and that points where heroes died or great events took place should be indicated by monuments for the benefits of posterity.
On motion of Mr. Gaidry, duly seconded and carried, the president is authorized to appoint a committee to consider the matter of presenting a plan for a park at Chalmette in which the Louisiana Historical Society is to take the initiative in securing the co-operation of the United States Government.
Father O'Brien ventured the remark that the society should first concern itself with the work of raising the Bienville monument before it starts to work on a park.
Mr. Hart suggested that some time in the future Col. Hill prepare a paper on the “Fourteenth of September, 1874, and January 1st, 1877,” which he agreed to do. The meeting then adjourned.
(Signed) ROBERT GLENK.
OCTOBER MEETING, 1915.
The regular monthly meeting was held on October 20th. Mr. Cusachs, Chairman, and 76 persons present. Reading of the minutes was dispensed with in absence of recording secretary.
Mr. Thompson made some remarks concerning the Bienville memorial. On motion the following committee was appointed to look into the question : Martin Behrman, chairman; John Dymond, T. P. Thompson, W. O. Hart, and Grace King.
Mr. Hart called attention of society to two events in November to which all members are invited.
November 11th—Beauregard statue unveiling.
On motion of Mr. Hart, Mr. C. W. Alexander of Philadelphia was invited to address the Louisiana Historical Society on subject: “Two Visits of Liberty Bell to New Orleans."
Gen. Booth made some remarks on outline program of unveiling of Beauregard Monument.
Mr. Justin F. Denechaud presented copy of new university dictionary and called attention to definition of word “Creole," contained therein.
Mr. Denechaud protested against erroneous meaning conveyed and a motion was proposed that the definition of “Creole" as stated by Prof. Fortier be the correct one, and that the authors of all dictionaries be advised of the Louisiana definition of "Creole.” The motion was carried.
Mr. Hart, Gen. Booth, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Dymond and Judge Renshaw made some remarks upon the subject—the meaning of "Creole.”
Mrs. Schertz presented a letter bearing upon the De Thulstrup pictures in the State Museum; letter was referred to the Executive Committee.
Mr. J. Wilfred Gaidry offered the following resolution, which was seconded and carried:
“That a committee be appointed by the chair for the purpose of interviewing and presenting the foregoing memorials to our Federal representative; and, further, to interview the Federal engineers of this district with a view of securing from them a survey and estimate of the requirements in the premises; and, further, to furnish a copy of the foregoing memorial to the American Historical Society, the Mississippi Valley Historical Society, the Daughters of 1776-1812, to the Governor of the State, the members of the State Legislature, the administration of the city of New Orleans, the various commercial bodies of said city, and to solicit from the above, endorsement of the foregoing memorials and do whatever else may be required of them in supplying dates, etc., and to expedite the ends desired.”
Mr. Gilbert Pemberton then read the paper on “Noblesse Oblige.”
On motion of Mr. Dymond, Mr. Pemberton was thanked for his paper, and same was ordered printed in proceedings.
Mr. A. D. Call of Washington D. C., executive director of American Peace Society, was called on and spoke on “International Conciliation or the Peace Movement."
On motion of Mr. Waldo, Mr. Call was thanked for his speech. Meeting then adjourned.
R. GLENK, Secretary.