Historical foundation honors SLU’s Hyde

Southeastern Louisiana University professor of history Samuel C. Hyde Jr., of Denham Springs, was honored by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana at the organization’s annual awards dinner July 31 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.

Hyde holds the Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies at Southeastern and was honored in part for his efforts as chairman of the West Florida Republic Bicentennial Commission. He also coordinated the development of the West Florida Republic Trail, which placed historical markers across the region detailing events associated with the West Florida Revolt.

Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies housed in the university’s Sims Memorial Library, Hyde is the current president of the Gulf South Historical Association. He is the author or editor of seven books on the history of the Florida parishes and helped develop a screenplay related to the West Florida Revolt. Hyde is frequently interviewed on the History and Discovery channels on stories related to deep South history and legends.

Formed in 1963, the Foundation for Historical Louisiana was developed to promote the preservation of the cultural and architectural heritage of Louisiana through education, advocacy and stewardship.