Maude Reid, born in Lake Charles on Oct. 31, 1882, was a public health nurse who visited outlying communities in Imperial Calcasieu and established friendships with pioneers in those areas. As a friend, she was entrusted with stories, original photographs, letters and other memorabilia and artifacts that she compiled into personal scrapbooks.
Lake Charles had lost a lot of its early historical records due to natural disasters such as the Fire of 1910. By donating her scrapbooks to the Lake Charles Public Library, Reid helped keep the city’s history alive. In her SAGE lecture, Threatt will illuminate the woman behind the scrapbooks in order to give insight into Reid’s life.
Threatt, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Texas, has published articles in the fields of history, literature and archives and has lectured and presented programs about archives and preservation. She is a past president of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association and a past Society of Southwest Archivists board member.
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