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Centenary Professors Facilitate Science Fiction Story Contest in Conjunction with Minden Exhibition of Smithsonian's Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Two Centenary College professors are working with the community of Minden on a Smithsonian Exhibition that is touring through the state this year with support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition's title is Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future.

Professors Jennifer Strange and Jeanne Hamming, both of the Centenary English Department, are facilitating a science fiction story contest for Minden in conjunction with the exhibition.

The exhibition's public opening is Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at the Webster Parish Library, 521 East West St. in Minden. Later, the exhibition travels to five other small towns in Louisiana. The exhibition explores the history of the future--expectations and beliefs about things to come. From ray guns to robots, to nuclear-powered cars, to the Atom-Bomb house, to predictions and inventions that went awry, "Yesterday's Tomorrows" presents material on the values and hopes Americans hold and have held about the years to come.

Beginning in March 2001, "Yesterday's Tomorrows" began a five-year tour, traveling to some 150 small towns in 25 states. As part of the Museum on Main Street program of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, these communities will connect their past and present fantasies of the future with those of other communities and with national visions of tomorrow.

The Louisiana tour begins in Minden and will travel also to Pineville, Sulphur, Jeanerette, Plaquemines and Winnsboro. Each site will have the exhibition for about six weeks

Tour Itinerary Information for Minden:

* March 14 - April 24, 2004
Webster Parish Library
521 East and West Street
Minden, LA 71055
Eddie Hammontree, Library Director
318-371-3080, ext.16

Audrey Flournoy, Minden Chamber of Commerce

For more information about the Exhibition, see http://www.yesterdaystomorrows.org


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