June 15, 2009 - "Riches from the attic "

Treasures from the attic--hundreds of attics all over Louisiana. Every year the office of State Archives gathers these memorabilia--on loan--to share them with all of us in an exhibit called the Archives Road Show. This year's show reveals a rare painting by Clementine Hunter on an old wooden bread board. There's a collection of coke trays by John Solomon Sandridge, the first African American artist to receive a Coca-Cola commission. Then there's legendary Louisiana musician Castro Carazo.

"He was the bandleader originally at the Sanger Hotel," says Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, "and in the Blue Room at the Roosevelt Hotel and then came to be the bandleader at LSU, and he and Huey Long wrote a number of LSU songs. They wrote Huey's theme song, 'Every Man a King.'"

From a relic cross to a silver creamer from the old Roosevelt Hotel, a 200-year old chair from the old Kleinpeter home to a Bill Stracener painting of Baton Rouge's "Old River Preacher." these are, indeed, treasures.

Dardenne says, "It's always fun to see what type of relics people have and to have them share it with the rest of the state."

The Road Show will be on exhibit through July 27th. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM till 4:30 PM ... Saturday 9:00-5:00 ... and Sunday 1:00-5:00. Admission is free. The state archive building is on Essen Lane between I-10 and I-12.