Bossier has regained a piece of history thanks to a donation by the Bossier Press-Tribune.
Copies of the Bossier Press-Tribune, Bossier Banner Progress, Barksdale Observer and
North Bossier Banner Post were given to the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center recently.
Marisa Richardson, Curator of Collections and Exhibits for the Historical Center, said the bound editions, dated in the 1990s to early 2000s, are a great asset to their growing collection of Bossier’s history.
Although copies of the newspaper are available on microfilm, Richardson said there is still interest from the public to see actual copies of the newspapers.
“It’s really nice to have the bound copies because some people really enjoy looking through the papers,” she said. “Not everyone wants to sit down and look at a microfilm reader. It’s fun to browse through the pages and it really feels like you’re going back in time.”
Richardson said copies of the Bossier Banner Progress dating back to 1859 have already been indexed. However, it will take a little time to index the recently donated issues.
“We have people that come in to look up an obituary or an article or a graduation announcement,” Richardson said, explaining how the newspapers are used. “It’s much easier with the index, but it does take a while to get the index done.”
Bossier Press-Tribune Publisher Randy Brown said the donation further fulfills the company’s mission.
“We are both proud and honored to be a part of preserving the history of Bossier Parish. After all, chronicling the history of Bossier Parish is both our duty and our job as Bossier Parish’s newspaper,” Brown said. “By donating our bound editions to the Bossier Parish Library, we have been able to further our mission in fulfilling this obligation to the residents of Bossier Parish. These books (bound editions) will now be accessible to the public at the library and will hopefully be a tremendous benefit to all interested parties.”
BPT Editor Sean Green agreed, “We believe in helping our community and one of the ways to do that is to share its history we’ve chronicled over the years. The historical center is a valuable resource for Bossier Parish and we are more than happy to help provide materials that fulfill their mission.”
The newspaper index can also be accessed online via the Bossier Parish Library website.
“It really is a good historic collection,” Richardson said. “It speaks to the history of Bossier Parish. There are so many interesting things that have happened and you can find all of it in newspapers.”
The Bossier Parish Library Historical Center is adjacent to the Bossier Central Library, located at 2206 Beckett Street in Bossier City. For more information, call (318) 746-7717 or visit www.bossierlibrary.org.