Restoration University returns April 21 with a special presentation on the Music of Highland

Centenary archivist to discuss early recordings of Jimmie Davis in Highland

Restoration University returns April 21 with a special presentation on the Music of Highland.

Chris Brown, archivist at Centenary College, will discuss the musical career of Jimmie Davis 1928-1944 at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Women’s Department Club, 802 Margaret Place. The presentation will explore the early recordings Davis made while living in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood. It will highlight his country songs, blues collaborations with local African American guitarists Oscar Woods and Ed Schaffer and the success of “You Are My Sunshine.”

Brown manages the historic records of Centenary and the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.  His hobbies include researching, collecting, and sharing Shreveport’s music history.  He hosts the “Romp and Stomp” radio show (Tuesdays, 5-6 PM on Centenary’s radio station, KSCL 91.3 FM) and the Shreveport Songs blog (http://shreveportsongs.blogspot.com).

The talk is free to members of the HRA and $10 to nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at restorehighland.org                                          

Restoration University is joint effort between the Highland Restoration Association and Norla Preservation Project.  The bi-annual speaker series offers insight into neighborhood history and restoration design and techniques.  Talks are hosted each spring and fall and are free to members of the HRA.

The Women’s Department Club was built in historic Highland in 1925, six years after a group of ladies formed the club to focus on the strength of women for the promotion of educational, literary and artistic growth of Shreveport and its vicinity.

For additional information or to register for this event, email [email protected]

 

HRA WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Highland Restoration Association is pleased to announce the 2018 board members for the organization. Welcome to our newest board members.

James Carstensen moved into the Highland neighborhood in 1988 with his family and grew up on Prospect Street. He is a master craftsman with a passion for restoring older homes. “I love the culture and diversity of my Highland neighbors and the charm and character of the homes. I look forward to working with the other members of the HRA board to help any way I can.”

 

 

 

Jada Durden is a journalist and blogger and busy woman about town whose brand is lovingthislifejada. Jada said she found her home in Highland soon after she moved here and has been thriving and loving it ever since.

 

 

Madison Poche brought her enthusiasm and energy to Shreveport when she moved from New Orleans. She loves Highland’s proximity to downtown, the bike lanes, the historic architecture, and the general vibe in Highland. Madison works for SRAC, and recently purchased a home in Highland.

 

 

Holly Roca is a Los Angeles transplant and a realtor with Keller Williams Realty who is active in the Highland market. Her interests include historic guidelines and increasing property values in our historic neighborhood.  Her strengths that she brings to the board include building community relations and promoting partnerships.

 

 

Highland Restoration Association welcomes all the new board members, and we look forward to working with them to preserve and enhance our historic neighborhood under the direction of our new board president, Michele Marcotte. Michele agreed to serve as president for 2018 after doing a great job as Chair of the 2017 Highland Holiday Tour of Homes.

Returning board members include Janelle Willis, Vice President; Iris Harper, Secretary; and Barbara Ramsey, Treasurer; and Marsha Millican Gill; Kevin May; Melinda Purcell; Andy Shehee; and Sydni Smith.

We thank board members rotating off the board this year for their service: Darel LaBeau; Tyler Spears; and Tom Arceneaux who will continue to serve HRA as an adviser on zoning issues. Teresa Edgerton-Scott is also a former board president who serves as a general adviser to the board.

Join Today

Your membership with Highland Restoration Association is vital.  Please join us today!

2017 was a successful year for HRA!

Membership is our #1 way to fund the majority of our neighborhood activities.  http://restorehighland.org/ and pay online through secure PayPal account or mail check to

HRA – 520 Olive Street
Shreveport, LA 71104
$10 – Seniors (60+)
$25 – Singles & Household

$100—Commercial Business

Completed 12 Monthly Cleanups in 2017 – Special thanks to our volunteers for their support.

 

 

 

http://restorehighland.org/2017-highlights/

 

2019 Projects

Check out what we have going on this year!

  •   HRA maintains four gateway locations within the neighborhood — Fairfield & Robinson, Centenary & Kings Highway and Columbia Park flower beds at Rutherford Street and Columbia Street entrances. This year, HRA will continue to refurbish each gateway with plants and flowers and maintain irrigation systems on those with them.
  • Since 1977, HRA has hosted a biennial Christmas Tour of Homes  to bring people into the Highland neighborhood to experience its charm and diverse architecture. The tour has grown from a single evening tour to a two-day event that boasts complimentary trolley rides and highlights neighborhood artists and businesses. The candlelight tour is held the second Saturday in December through the grandiose homes along Fairfield Avenue. The Sunday afternoon tour brings guests into the heart of the neighborhood.
  • HRA assisted ReForm Shreveport and Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation with tree plantings, cleanups and other improvements at Highland Park in 2018. This year, HRA will design and purchase distance markers to be places along the park’s newly re-paved walking path. Each marker will include an interesting fact about the neighborhood to educate those using the track on the neighborhood and possibly entice them to explore more of it.
  • Initiate a $250 mini grant to fund minor exterior home repairs for neighborhood residents over the age of 60. These repairs will be open to dues-paying members. More details on the application process will be released this spring.
  • Highland Heroes is an annual potluck dinner hosted at Fire Station 7 on Wilkinson Street in October. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to bring a dish and share a meal with Highland firefighters, patrol officers and other first responders. The event is a great way for us to meet those serving the neighborhood.
  • Coordinate and identify neighborhood residents who could benefit from The Big Event, Centenary College’s student-led, large scale day of service uniting the college with its neighbors.
  • Paint the Highland sign at the intersection of Marshall Street and Gilbert Drive.
  • Installation of new historic district signs in Highland. Details on how to acquire one of the existing brown signs will be revealed at the Jan. 17 General Membership Meeting.
  • Award quarterly Neighborhood Improvement Awards to residents making extraordinary exterior improvements their homes. Email nominations to [email protected]
  • Participation in United Way Day of Caring — a one-day, community-wide event allowing volunteers to see their contributions at work. Project details have not been ironed out and ideas can be emailed to [email protected]
  • Participation in Give for Good – a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings north Louisiana together to benefit nonprofits. HRA plans to work on a fun event for those who donate. Ideas can be emailed to [email protected]
  • Host litter cleanups on the second Saturday of every month to beautify the neighborhood. HRA provides the trash bags, grabbers, gloves and water. Start time is typically 9 a.m. but can change due to weather.

 

2019 GENERAL MEETINGS

Thursday, January 17

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Noel Memorial Methodist Church – 520 Herndon St.

Architect Christopher Coe will discuss his restoration of the 1934 John S. Preston House, which was designed by noted architect William Wiener Sr.

The meeting also will include the election of 2019 board of directors.

Refreshments from Monjunis will be provided, and the talk is open to the public.

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