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Friday, January 19, 2007

VIP visit

New Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will be out and about here Feb. 13.

He’ll speak to school children at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum and to Shreveport Rotary Club.

At 1:30 p.m., he will swear in the new community governing board at Spring Street Historical Museum. It was originally founded by the Shreveport Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America as a Bicentennial gift to the City of Shreveport.

Last year, it was accepted into the Secretary of State’s museum system and is now a state-run facility, said official Susan Hardtner. (The state absorbs operational costs, including salary, said an earlier Times story.)

"We are transferring the building to the state," said Hardtner, a member of the new board.

The museum’s collection remains in possession of Shreveport Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, she said.

Other members of the prestigious governing board who will raise their right hands and promise to take care of things: Shelby Smith, Tom Ruffin, Barrie Richardson, Gary Joiner, Lennis Smith Elston, Caddo School Board member Dottie Bell, J. Pat Beaird Jr., Thomas Carmody, Margaret Green, Charlotte Walter, Hazel Ball Harris and Downtown Development Authority Chief Frank Williams.

There may be other stops on Dardenne’s agenda. "We will keep him busy all day," promised Louisiana State Exhibit Museum chief Forrest Dunn, who will be squiring the VIP around.


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