Shreveport, LA- Norla Preservation Project will host its 2nd annual Shreveport Sounds: A Music History Symposium event, which will highlight the history of North Louisiana’s various decades of music and musicians. The one-day symposium will take place at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport on Saturday, November 3rd  from 9AM until 3PM, and will feature lectures, open discussions, films, and musical performances.

The event will feature 8 speakers and special guests discussing Shreveport significant topics such as Jimi Hendrix at the Municipal, Shreveport Barbershop Quartets, the Old Blue Goose neighborhood, and much more.  This year’s speakers and special guests are:

Winston Hall

Chris Brown

Daniel Garner

Wendell Glass

James Davenport

L.C. Wells

Dorsey Summerfield

And Buddy Flett

 There will also be a Pop-Up Museum that will allow individuals to showcase their personal music memorabilia. Explore Shreveport’s past and present at this unique event. Cost for the symposium is $60 which includes lunch.

 Leading up to the symposium, on Friday, November 2nd, from 7PM until 10PM, Norla is bringing back its Prohibition Party, presented by Flying Heart Brewery in Bossier City.  The event will feature music from the Bill Causey Orchestra, food by Chef Anthony Felan, a cash bar and much more!  1920’s cocktail attire is strongly encouraged.  Tickets start at $75.

 Tickets to both events can be purchased at Follow Norla Preservation Project on Facebook for up-to-date information.

NORLA Preservation Project Announces New Board of Directors

Aundrea Emerson and Renisha J. Sanders have been named the new president and vice president of Norla Preservation Project, respectively. 

Since 2013, the nonprofit has led efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for local history in culture in the north Louisiana. 

Emerson is an executive assistant with University Health in Shreveport.

She is a Shreveport native who worked as an Army medic for several years. Emerson returned to the area in 2014 and now volunteers with several area nonprofits including Families Helping Families Region 7, Susan G. Komen NWLA Race for the Cure and University Health's Back to School Fair,as well as Norla. 

Emerson said her love for Shreveport history and preservation was sparked by learning the story behind Calanthean Temple.

Sanders is the operations manager with Cardinaux Wealth Advisors in Shreveport.  Her passion and commitment to the organization stems from her curiosity of the rich history in the area she resides.

Sanders grew up in Arkansas but moved to Shreveport during her college years. As she’s established roots in the community, she grew to love the cultural heritage the area offers and loves the idea of preserving and transforming properties that may have otherwise been demolished.

The new Board of Directors is as follows:

Aundrea Emerson

Renisha Sanders

Kathy Levingston

Amanda Felan

Winston Hall

Kelly Rich