This blog gives family and genealogical information about the ancestors and descendants of Joseph Bradford Lancaster (1865-1916) and Amanda Doerr Lancaster (1877-1930) of Covington, Louisiana.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Now & Always: A Louisiana Love Story PUBLISHED!
As many of you know, I have been working for several years on a book of letters written between my grandparents, Joseph B. Lancaster and Amanda D, Lancaster. He was the first public superintendent of education in St. Tammany, a legislator, and a judge. Wherever he went in south Louisiana, he and Amanda corresponded. Sometimes they wrote each other when they were both in Covington! Their letters, written from 1901 to 1916, form a story of their love and a picture of Louisiana life in the early 1900s. I wrote the introduction, obtained images (many from generous relatives and friends, but also from numerous museums and libraries) of the people and places described in the letters, and wrote the captions to place that information in context. My company, Garcia Publishing Company, has just released the book, called Now and Always: A Louisiana Love Story. It's been a long-term project that I am thrilled and relieved to have completed!
Susannah Welch (left), principal of Joseph B. Lancaster Elementary School, gave a tour of the school to Christian Garcia (right) on February 7, 2012, while Chris was in Covington for events celebrating the publication of "Now and Always."
Times-Picayune article about Joseph B. Lancaster School Groundbreaking
Bradford Junior, the senior descendant of Joseph B. Lancaster, was interviewed by the Times-Picayune at the groundbreaking ceremonies. He described how his grandfather might feel about having a school named in his honor: "I think he would be delighted," he said. (Photo courtesy of Margaret Sharpe, St. Tammany Parish Schools)
This memorial at St. Etienne du Mont is near a side altar dedicated to St. Vincent de Paul
Lancaster/Doerr Family, 1909
The portals to the past are open. We just have to walk through.
I have completed the publication of letters between my maternal grandfather, Joseph Bradford Lancaster, and my maternal grandmother, Amanda Doerr Lancaster, written from 1901 to 1916. The book, entitled "Now and Always: A Louisiana Love Story" has been published under my own imprint, Garcia Publishing Company, Inc. As part of the research for this book, I discovered a lot of information about Joseph and Amanda and their immediate families. I began this blog as a means of sharing that information.