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Mossville History Project

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The Imperial Calcasieu Museum, in partnership with the Louisiana State University/T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
and local writer/journalist Bill Shearman, was awarded a grant from Sasol of more than $275,000, to capture, record, preserve and make available the written and oral history of the people and community of Mossville. When complete, the exhibit will feature written and oral histories, copies of family photographs, aerial photographs, video and photographs of standing structures and artifacts. To capture these historical assets, the project team will host a series of oral history days in the Mossville community. The Museum will accept items for donation and oral historians will interview participants about life in Mossville.

**To reserve your 20 minute interview slot, please call or email the LSU T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at 225-578-6577 or

Project Timeline: The project is expected to be completed and made available to the public by late 2016. Once complete, transcripts, research and photographs will be displayed for the general public at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, the McNeese Archives, LSU Libraries Special Collections and Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Collections (available to researchers).  Audio, video and images will be available on LSU Library servers.”

Steering Committee: The Mossville History Project’s steering committee is composed of eight members from the Mossville community. Many of these members are descendants of original settlers of Mossville or have been members of the community for many years. The steering committee’s purpose is to keep current and former Mossville residents informed of events, have a working knowledge of important community figures, dates and events, attend meetings pertaining to the Mossville History Project and be a reliable source to all parties involved in the project.

Please continue to reference this page for the latest updates and information related to the Mossville History Project’s progress to date, planned oral history days and more.