Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
#16 “History of the Lebeau Mansion”
2002-2003 History Lecture Series Season – April 7th, 2003
Michelle Buuck, Author, The Historic LeBeau House: A Forgotten Monument
Attendance – 204
Michelle Mahl Buuck, student at the College, offered an in-depth look at the history of the Arabi landmark, including plenty of stories of local lore (including tales of ghosts). She traced its history from construction to the ﬁ re of 1986. Guests of Honor were Rita Gue and Bill Haines. Buuck also made the lecture a stop on her book-signing tour for her recently published book, The Historic LeBeau House: A Forgotten Monument. Due to its popularity, she ran out of copies even as the book has gone to a third printing.
This lecture also provided an opportunity for the Lecture Series to serve as a locus of community involvement in pressing contemporary issues of historical importance. Sal Gutierrez, curator in charge of the LeBeau Mansion, led a “town hall” meeting which detailed the current progress in the restoration of the landmark. An architect with expertise in historical restoration detailed plans to shore up the crumbling ediﬁce. Also, Gutierrez announced the establishment of the LeBeau Citizens Advisory Committee to serve as a conduit for community involvement in the restoration of the Mansion.