Central Library celebrates ‘150 Years of Lake Charles History’

The rich history of Lake Charles is being celebrated at Central Library.

“150 Years of Lake Charles History” provides a comprehensive look at landmark events that shaped the city into what it is today, covering topics such as origins, education, entertainment, architecture, transportation and “of course, libraries.”

“The exhibit teaches viewers about the pioneering families that built Lake Charles, how industries and the port withstood tough economic times and what the future may hold for it,” said Christy Comeaux, Calcasieu Libraries Public Information Officer.

For her, the history of Lake Charles is a point of pride that can only be experienced through education. “To know your ancestors helped to build the foundation of a city that still today is growing and expanding, it’s something to be proud of!”

Katie Pennington, Calcasieu Libraries Programming Supervisor, said the display is the result of a partnership with the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center.

Summer is the library’s busy season, and as a result, prime time to offer this exhibition. “We wanted to give our patrons the best opportunity to view the exhibit,” she said.

The exhibition also aligns with the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program: “All Together Now.”

“We believe that the exhibit gives a glimpse into how our ancestors worked together to develop Lake Charles into the wonderful place we know today,” she said. “When the opportunity arose, we knew we wanted to host the exhibit to keep Lake Charles’ unique and interesting history fresh in people’s minds and allow the younger generation a chance to learn about our past.”

Comeaux said that the display is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the citizens of Lake Charles.

“The city of Lake Charles has been through tough times, but the resilience of the city stands firm,” she said. “It’s amazing to see how our city came to be and how residents have made Lake Charles into the amazing home it is now.

The display includes 15 panels located on the main floor of Central Library, 301 W. Claude St.

“150 Years of Lake Charles History” will be available for viewing until Monday, July 31.

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