Fall Into Shreveport’s Past

By Matt Ford

s fall ushers in the promise of cooler temperatures, there's no better time to curl up with a good book. This season, why not learn more about Shreveport’s rich history, brought to life through four meticulously researched books. Each one shines a light on different aspects of our area’s past, covering an array of topics from hauntings and scandals to crucial historical events. Whether you're a long-time resident, a newcomer, or even a visitor, these books offer a look into the unique heritage that shaped our city. So, make yourself comfortable and immerse yourself in history with these books, available for purchase online or in-person at Barnes and Noble on Youree Drive.

Wicked Shreveport

By Bernadette Palombo 

Unravel the secrets and scandals that have shrouded Shreveport’s past in this riveting book. Bernadette Palombo takes readers on a thrilling ride, uncovering the darker side of the city’s history. Wicked Shreveport will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the hidden tales that shaped our city, from notorious outlaws and daring heists to underground speakeasies during the Prohibition era.

Historic Haunts of Shreveport

By Gary D. Joiner, PhD, Cheryl H. White, PhD

Step into the realm of the supernatural with historians as they delve into the eerie and ghostly occurrences that have long been associated with Shreveport. This intriguing book reveals the stories behind the city’s haunted houses, cemeteries, and the restless spirits said to roam the streets during the late hours. Perfect for those who love spine-tingling tales and a touch of mystery.

A Haunted History of Louisiana Plantations

By Cheryl H. White, PhD, and W. Ryan Smith, MA 

While not solely focused on Shreveport, this book is a must-read for history buffs and ghost enthusiasts alike. Cheryl H. White and W. Ryan Smith take readers on a ghostly journey throughout Louisiana, with Shreveport being a significant stop along the way. Discover how the city’s supernatural folklore intertwines with the broader spectral tapestry of the state, creating a fascinating mosaic of paranormal encounters.

Shreveport Martyrs of 1873

By Very Reverend Peter B. Mangum, JCL, W. Ryan Smith, MA, Cheryl H. White, PhD 

Journey back to the 19th century with this poignant book that sheds light on a remarkable chapter in Shreveport’s history. Through meticulous research and heartfelt narration, the authors recount the tragic events of 1873 when a yellow fever epidemic swept through the city, claiming countless lives. Amidst the heartbreak, the book also celebrates the extraordinary courage and sacrifice displayed by the city’s residents during those trying times.

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