51st Annual Juried Competition 02/27/2014 to 06/14/2014 The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition (February 27th – June 14th, 2013) showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium.
Beginner Digital Photography Workshop with Jenny Ellerbe 03/11/2014 The class will cover the basic camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed, exposure control, depth of field, composition, digital camera menus, histograms, and very basic image editing. Classes will be small and relaxed with plenty of time for discussion and hands-on experience. The only requirement is a either a digital SLR (such as a Canon Rebel or Nikon D40) or an advanced point and shoot with manual settings. Please call or e-mail if you are unsure about
your camera. Learn the basics of digital photography and editing in this six week workshop.
Biedenharn Museum and Gardens presents: Halie Loren 03/11/2014 Award winning singer songwriter Halie Loren returns to Monroe Tuesday, March 11 at 7 P.M for a vocal performance in the Fountain Room of the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens. This past December Miss Loren wowed the audience during the "Jazzy Sounds of the Season" concert with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. At the upcoming concert Ms Loren will be accompanied on the Biedenharn's Grand Piano. Guests will enjoy standards such as "Fly me to the Moon," "Smile," "What a Wonderful World' and "The Girl from Impanema" along with original songs that have won world wide accolades and awards. Loren's most recent album, Heart First, won Jazz Critique Magazine's Golden prize in the vocal album section of Jazz Disc Audio Awards 2011. Guests are advised to purchase tickets early as there are a limited number of seats available.
Ouachita Parish was established March 31, 1807 when the Territory of Orleans was divided. The original Ouachita Parish was later divided into the nine parishes that currently makeup Northeast Louisiana (Morehouse, Union, Caldwell, Franklin, Tensas, Madison, and East and West Carroll). The name Ouachita originated from the Indian tribe who inhabited the area at the time of settlement. The city of Monroe is the parish seat for Ouachita. The twin cities of Monroe-West Monroe began when Don Juan Filhiol was hired to establish Fort Miro as a Spanish presence on the north Ouachita River. Fort Miro became Monroe in May of 1819 to honor President James Monroe and the first steamboat to travel up the Ouachita to North Louisiana. West Monroe received its name in 1880 from railroad workers who needed to name a new city just west of Monroe. In 1914, Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola, built his home in Monroe and was actively involved in the city’s development until his death in 1952. His daughter, Emy-Lou established the Emy-Lou Biedenharn foundation in 1971 to support the cultural and artistic life of Northeast Louisiana.
Monroe got its first zoo in 1924, at what is now Forsythe Park. The small zoo originally housed fifteen animals. Since the 1935 move to an 80 acre facility in southern Monroe, the zoo has grown to hold over 500 animals in naturalistic habitats and features the only boat ride in the United States that takes visitors on a tour of naturalistic island habitats.
Historically, the twin cities and the surrounding parish have been known as small farming communities; in 1925, the world’s first aerial crop dusting organization, Huff Daland Dusters was formed in Monroe. That company later became Delta Airlines.
One little known fact about Monroe is the role it played in World War II. During the war, Monroe’s Selman Field served as the largest flight navigator school in the nation. Monroe was also home to General Claire Chennault, founder of the Flying Tigers, which played an integral part in the war. You can view memorabilia of Selman Field, General Chennault, and aviation history at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum.
In 1978, Monroe became home to one of Louisiana’s seven nationally registered castles, Layton Castle or Mulberry Grove. Although it was remodeled in the early 1900s, much of the original 19th century décor remains.