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Maude Reid

Maude Reid

Maude Reid Queen of the Scrapbooks, Saves Lake Charles History | Presented by Pati Threatt

Monday October 9, 2017 | 3 pm
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Maude Reid Maude Reid was born in Lake Charles, on October 31, 1882 to one of the earliest Imperial Calcasieu pioneer families. She was acquainted from childhood with other pioneer families and grew up during the period when many first or second generation pioneers were alive. She heard first- and second-hand stories of the early days of Imperial Calcasieu Parish. During her travels as a public health nurse she visited outlying communities in Imperial Calcasieu and established friendships with pioneers in those areas as well. As a friend she was entrusted not only with stories, she was also given original photographs, letters, other memorabilia and artifacts, and was allowed to copy original official records.
Reid began compiling scrapbooks and gave meticulous attention to their structure. Many are devoted to a specific topic of history. Today these scrapbooks give us invaluable information about the history of our area that is not available anywhere else. In an article about her in April 1978 a librarian remarked, “It is not just a history of Lake Charles . . . It is the only history of Lake Charles.” (LCAP, p. 35, 4/30/1978). The SAGE lecture will illuminate the woman behind the scrapbooks in an attempt to chronicle the life of this amazing woman.