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EXHIBITION - We Built This City: Baton Rouge as a System of Systems

  • Hill Memorial Library, LSU Baton Rouge, LA 70803
  • Hill Memorial Library, LSU Libraries
  • October 15, 2018 - March 1, 2019
  • Recurring every week day
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: 0
  • (225) 578-6544

“We Built This City: Baton Rouge as a System of Systems” examines what constitutes a city, how systems of a settlement grow and interconnect to become a city, and how history can reveal the effects of that growth on further development. The exhibition defines the systems needed to create and sustain an urban area and presents those systems at pivotal moments in the development of Baton Rouge. "We Built This City" takes the viewer through time, examining Native American occupations, early European descriptions of the site, the turmoil of early European settlement, the area’s first planned development, the devastation of war, industry and expansion, and the rise of the “modern” city. Aerial photographs by Fonville Winans in 1947 set the stage, illustrating system interactions through street scenes from Scenic Highway and Plank Road, along with images from the LSU and Southern University campuses. Also showcased are artifacts from the Ethnographic and Archaeological Collections in the Anthropology Division of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, and a wealth of materials held in Special Collections that speak to the city’s development. Visitors’ accounts, original suburb plans, war correspondence, and maps are among the items on display. Visit for hours and directions, or call (225) 578-6544.