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Natchitoches: A Tri-Centennial (2014)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, 31.7207849, -93.1794284

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-12-8

Duration: 00:47:49

Subjects: Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site | Melrose Plantation (La.) | HUNTER, CLEMENTINE | General stores | CREOLES | Prudhomme-Roquier House (Natchitoches, La.) | Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant | Natchitoches Meat Pie | History | HISTORIC PRESERVATION | Steel magnolias (Motion picture) | Harling, Robert, 1951- | Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame | Northwest Louisiana History Museum | Northwestern State University of Louisiana | Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts | Education | Natchitoches Christmas Festival | Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Natchitoches, La.)


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Dollar, Susan Interviewee
  • Metoyer-Roque, Betty Interviewee
  • Hunter, Clementine Interviewee
  • Wernet, Mary Linn Interviewee
  • Parrish, Vicki Interviewee
  • Dyess, Dan Interviewee
  • Dickens, Sandra Interviewee
  • Harling, Robert Interviewee
  • O'Neal, Shaquille Speaker
  • Ireland, Doug Interviewee
  • Ryder, Shawn Interviewee
  • Dardenne, Jay Interviewee
  • Newhart, Justin Interviewee
  • Web, Randell Interviewee
  • Widhalm, Patrick Interviewee
  • Marshall, Claire Interviewee
  • Williams, Arthur Interviewee
  • Drobnic-Holan, Angie Interviewee
  • Gregory, Pete Interviewee
  • Winey, Kyla Interviewee
  • Brosette, Charles Interviewee


A 2014 documentary celebrating the 300th anniversary of the city of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. During this documentary, host Charlie Whinham: explores the history and preservation of Natchitoches, including its founding by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis in 1714; commemorates the 25th anniversary of the movie “Steel Magnolias” written by Natchitoches native Robert Harling; tours the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum; takes a historic walking tour of the city with Justin Newhart of the Cane River National Heritage Area; visits two educational landmarks in the city, Northwestern State University and the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts; and highlights the annual Christmas Festival of Lights. This documentary features footage of several of the historic landmarks in the city, including Fort St. Jean Baptiste, Melrose Plantation (the one-time home of artist Clementine Hunter), Lemee House, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Steel Magnolias Bed and Breakfast, the Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store, the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Prudhomme-Roquier House, and Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant.