The Society's Mission
The Algiers Historical Society was formed in October 1999 by Kevin HERRIDGE, Judi ROBERTSON and a handful of like-minded people to promote the history of Algiers - and occasionally McDonoghville, Freetown and Gretna. The Society is also dedicated to informing Algiers’ natives and newcomers through "The Algerine," our 24-page quarterly newsletter as well as monthly speakers on the history of Algiers, its people and places.
General Meetings - NEW LOCATION!
The Algiers Historical Society will meet at 10am to 12 noon at the 1st floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr., New Orleans (Algiers), LA 70131 Library Ph: 504-596-2641
Please note that this is a new location for the monthly meetings, held the third Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. We have some exciting presentations coming up so please share with members, family, friends & neighbors. Free coffee and snacks kindly supplied by Jill Marshall of the Tout de Suite Coffee Shop at the corner of Verret & Alix Sts.:
Family & Home Histories Wanted
If you are a member of AHS and would care to share your family and/or home history on this site, please contact the webmaster and we will be happy to add it!
Join the Society
If you are interested in your local lineage, history of your home and/or local truth and lore, then please consider joining the Algiers Historical Society. In doing so, you will begin to amass the tools you will need to research your family home and ancestors. By joining, you will receive word of monthly* meetings along with the quarterly newsletter, "The Algerine".
The Society's membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. Subscriptions are due each year on January 1st. If you should join towards the end of a year you will receive the back issues of "The Algerine" for that year unless you stipulate you wish to join for the forthcoming year.
Speakers & Volunteers Needed
The Society is always seeking speakers, preferably on Algiers or New Orleans related topics. If you can speak for 20-30 minutes on your life, family, church, music or Algiers experiences, we want you! The Society is also looking for volunteers. Duties will include typing Word documents, collecting information from headstones in churchyards, transcribing interviews, photography, etc. Please contact us if you can help in either area.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
TOPIC: The Huey P. Long Bridge: Pictorial & Narrative History; Past & Present.
Dr. Tonja Koob. President of Gaea Consultants, 536 Washington Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130 and Jennifer Snape, Project Manager for same, both licensed professional engineers, will discuss their new book, The Huey P. Long Bridge.
In June, 2013 the Louisiana Dept. of Transportation & Development completed a multi-year, $1.2 Billion expansion and widening of the Huey P. Long Bridge, while keeping it open to vehicular and railroad traffic, which is no small feat.
Named after the 40th Governor of Louisiana, the Huey P. Long Bridge is the longest railroad bridge in the United States. For 15 years after it opened in 1935, it was the longest railroad bridge in the world.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Program has recognized the Huey P. Long Bridge as a civil engineering landmark.This ASCE program was established to recognize historically significant local, national, and international civil engineering projects, structures, and sites. Presently, more than 200 projects around the world have been formally recognized through the program, among them: the Hoover Dam, the Eiffel Tower, the Suez Canal, the Statue of Liberty, the Panama Canal, the Golden Gate Bridge and now the Huey P. Long Bridge.
The Algiers Historical Society Board
Frank WAGNER, George HUBBEL, Treasurer Russ VAN DYKE, Amy HUBBELL, President Kevin HERRIDGE