from 9 am to noon at Old Catholic Cemetery
Palm Sunday Tour of Homes
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The mission of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) is to encourage the preservation of historical buildings, objects, and places relating to the history of Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish, including its natural beauty and all that is distinctive to our state.
One of the primary ways that CHPS accomplishes this mission is to recognize those who have contributed toward the preservation of buildings, objects and places. This is done by presenting awards to deserving property owners via the Calca Commendation and the Landmark Awards.
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Area History and More!
Longtime preservationist and former President of CHPS, Adley Cormier, has graciously permitted us to publish a copy of his Timeline History of Southwest Louisiana.
On October 1, Adley Cormier, a local historian and City of Lake Charles Historic Preservation Commissioner (HPC) gave a presentation on researching historic homes and building historic districts. This was part of the ongoing "Tidbits of History" program of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogy and Historical Library, a branch of the Calcasieu Public Library System.
The presentation was also videoed for broadcast on C-Gov, the Parish's television channel. Cormier's presentation offered practical advice on how to explore and document building and neighborhood history. He provided this transcript of the presentation.
All Soul's Day Cemetery Clean Up
Volunteers from The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS), The Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project, and Immaculate Conception Church joined forces on Saturday, November 2nd for a traditional All Souls' Day cemetery cleanup of the Catholic Cemetery on the corner of Iris and Common Streets.
While the day was tremedous success and all left with a feeling of accomplishment, much remains to be done to complete the effort.
For now, enjoy the following "during" and "after" photos.
More about the Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project
The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) and The Catholic Cemetery Restoration Project are sponsoring a traditional All Souls' Day cemetery cleanup morning at the Catholic Cemetery on the corner of Iris and Common Streets.
Anyone interested in helping maintain this holy and historic place can meet at 9:00AM on November 2, 2013.
A light breakfast will be provided.
Bring gloves, your favorite bug spray, and wear gardening clothes and a hat.
Take the time to check out these "before photos" by Virginia Webb.
CHPS November Quarterly Meeting Set for Sat., Nov.2
A special morning Quarterly Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 9 am to noon at Old Catholic Cemetery, corner of Iris and Common Street in Lake Charles.
There will be breakfast served on the grounds, a short memorial ceremony to the memory, round-table discussion of historic cemetery issues and challenges, informational walks through the cemetery to inspect conditions, and work opportunity to correct existing problems.
There will be a census sheet of documented burials available for review. CHPS members and members of the interested general public, as well as concerned neighborhood residents, are urged to attend.
We are grateful to Rhino Real Estate and Development for helping with this quarterly meeting.
June 27, 2013 Membership Meeting
The June Quarterly Meeting of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Masonic Temple, 717 Hodges Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Social at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm.
Program Speakers will be Carolyn Thibodeaux of the Cameron Preservation Alliance and architect Lauren Harrell. They will address preservation of the historic 1856 Sabine Pass Lighthouse located in Cameron Parish.
In addition, there will be a memorial presentation to honor the victims and survivors of Hurricane Audrey on the 56th Anniversary of the storm, along with behind the scenes tours of the Masonic Temple, plus information about the Southwest Louisiana Historical Association, upcoming projects of CHPS, a report from the new Lake Charles Historic Preservation Commission, and a recap of the successful 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour.
2013 Palm Sunday Owners, Sponsors, and Volunteers
The success of the "Windows on the Water" Palm Sunday Tour of homes is due to the following homeowners, house captains, tour hosts, volunteers, the 2013 Tour Committee, our sponsors, and our chairperson, Donna Richard, pictured to the right accepting a token of appreciation by grateful CHPS board members.
Claudia and Jim Boyer
Nancy and Wendell Fontenot
Sherrie and Dr. John Raggio
Ann and David Reinauer
Diane and Frank Walker
House Captains, Docents, and Ticket Sales
Photos of homes below courtesy of Virginia Webb
Photos Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, 2013
The 38th Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was an amazing success.
Photos by Virginia Webb, Melinda Antoon, and Alan Walker are provided below.
Thanks to the homeowners, sponsors, and approximately 100 volunteers who helped to make this another record breaking tour! Volunteer names will be posted soon.
And, of course, congratulations to chairman Donna Richard and the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes committee for their tremendous work to make "Windows on the Water" such an important offering to Southwest Louisiana.
Palm Sunday Tour of Homes, 2013 in the News!
One thing that the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society can count on at this time of year is the support of much of the local media! The coverage for the 2013 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes is no exception.
History of the Palm Sunday Tour
Thirty-eight years ago, the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes was envisioned and begun by three individuals—assisted by many others of course—but essentially the “baby” of Ann Rosteet Hurley, Reid Tyler, and Bill Terry.
At Bill Terry’s memorial service, stories were recounted of how the three “conspired” to showcase houses in what was then called “the Garden District”.
Ann and Reid were locally born and bred, Bill was from Houston. The three saw that this area had an immense inventory of older houses that could be wonderful homes for couples and families.
They saw the beauty and charm in real craftsmanship, front porches, mature plantings, and sidewalks.
They also knew the lure of the new subdivisions drawing people away from traditional neighborhoods.