Catherine Campanella



A Louisiana State University graduate with a BA in fine arts, Catherine Campanella chose a career in teaching, where she became a technology coordinator and early proponent of the educational value of the Internet. New Orleans History: Lake Pontchartrain ( was her first attempt to compile a pictorial history of the lake and culminated in the book Lake. Her other books include Metairie, New Orleans City Park, Legendary Locals of Metairie, Images of Modern America: Lake Pontchartrain, and Lost Metairie.





12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, Third Floor Exhibit Hall
Ain’t There No More: Lost Louisiana Places

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Lost Lake Pontchartrain Resorts & Attractions

Pleasure seekers have visited Lake Pontchartrain destinations for more than two centuries. From grand resorts like the Pontchartrain Hotel to simple camps at Little Woods, these shores welcomed visitors by steamboat and train to dance, dine, drink and gamble. Milneburg was home to a noted hotel and bathhouses, while Mandeville was a popular spot to escape the heat. Entertainment included the contortionist “Happy Frog” Holman, the Great Wallendas and Armand Piron’s Jazz Orchestra. Join author Catherine Campanella for a fascinating look back at the camps, restaurants and amusement parks lost to nature, neglect and changing times.


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