Free 50th anniversary celebration of Hall of Fame is set for Thursday, Nov. 3

There’s a free party with an entertaining program two weeks from tonight, on Thursday evening, Nov. 3, celebrating 50 years since the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame arrived in Natchitoches.

FLASH (Friends of Louisiana Sports and History), the local support group for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, is hosting the celebration at the museum in downtown Natchitoches from 5:30-7 on Nov. 3.

“Celebrating 50 Years of Hall of Fame Fun in Natchitoches – Laughs and Reflections with Jerry Pierce and Friends” is open to everyone, free of charge. A reception will precede the program, featuring Pierce, who brought the LSHOF to Natchitoches in 1972 and guided it for 19 years.

The longtime Northwestern State University vice president, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, will share stories from behind-the-scenes involving many of the greatest sports figures in state history – and the colorful characters in the Hall of Fame’s parent organization, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The party participants can enjoy light hors d’ouevres and refreshments. Attire is business casual. Tickets are not needed.

“This celebration of our 50th anniversary in Natchitoches is going to be fun, and free, and will create lasting memories,” said Doug Ireland, the LSHOF chairman. “Jerry Pierce, NSU and Natchitoches gave the Hall of Fame a home in 1972, and nurtured its development into one of America’s most respected sports museums and Hall of Fame induction celebrations. Hearing Jerry’s stories, and having the chance to ask questions, will make for a great program.”

Guests will have the opportunity to join FLASH with membership fees as low as $35. FLASH members get several benefits, including exclusive first-look VIP access at the upcoming unveiling of the museum’s Heisman Trophy exhibit showcasing Louisiana’s four Heisman winners – Billy Cannon, John David Crow, Joe Burrow and DeVonta Smith.

The museum, at the traffic circle on the north end of Front Street (800 Front), is open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and is operated by Louisiana State Museums. Admission fees top out at $6 for adults.

For more information call 318-357-2492.

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