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2015

History-Social Sciences Dept. Dedicates Paul Jones Library

October 30, 2015
Paul and Colleen Jones

LSUS History and Social Sciences Department to Dedicate Paul Jones Library Sunday, Nov. 1 following Donation of Over 2,000 History Books

The Department of History and Social Sciences at LSU Shreveport dedicated its new Paul Jones Library Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 in Room 421 of Bronson Hall. The event was held between 2 and 4 p.m.

Jones, 82, a retired insurance agent with a love of history and reading, has donated well over 2,000 to the department. The new library bearing his name is a closed-stacks research facility for LSUS majors.

"The Department of History and Social Sciences is very appreciative of this wonderful gift," said Dr. Gary Joiner, chair of the department. "It will benefit our history majors and faculty, assisting in their research in a scholarly environment housed near their classrooms. Mr. Jones has created a valuable tool that will be used by future generations of scholars."

For further information, contact Dr. Gary Joiner, chair of the LSUS Department of History and Social Sciences, at Gary.Joiner@LSUS.edu

ABOUT PAUL JONES

Paul Jones has loved history for as long as he can remember .... or at least as far back as his introduction to history in school in Enon, La., where he was born.

Jones, 82, is passing that love along to LSUS' History and Social Sciences Department through the donation of his extensive collection of Civil War, World War II and military history books, which will now be housed in the newly named Paul Jones Library at LSU Shreveport.

A 1956 graduate of the University of Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, Jones majored in math - he was No. 1 in his class - but his interest in history influenced his choice of that as his minor. "I've always been a semi-history buff," he says. "It was my favorite subject. I started reading Civil War history and soon decided if I was going to read about it, I might as well go see it."

He, wife Colleen, whom he married during his senior year nearly 60 years ago, and his children traveled to most Civil War sites, he says. He joined the Baton Rouge Civil War Roundtable, serving as its president, and was a member until he and Colleen moved from Opelousas - their home of 50 years - to The Oaks of Louisiana in Shreveport in 2011.

Jones' collection is primarily books he has acquired over nearly 40 years. "I knew I could no longer keep them when we moved to The Oaks and I did not want them to sit on a shelf and mold and deteriorate," he says. "I hoped they could be of use to someone and came up with the idea of donating them to LSUS."

That the collection includes World War II and other military history books is due to Jones' memories of life in America during WWII. "I was 8 years old when World War II began," and though the war was fought on foreign soil, "I could remember what was happening in America and started reading on that. I made that my main interest for the last 20 years."

An Allstate Insurance agent for 47 years, Jones says he still would be working if his health permitted. "I still do a lot of reading though," he says. "I subscribe to several Civil War and World War II magazines. My main pastime is reading."

His love of reading and history will now benefit LSUS students for years to come. -30-

Media Contact: Lynn Stewart, Office of Media and Public Relations, 318-797-5108, Lynn.Stewart@lsus.edu, or Dr. Gary Joiner, Gary.Joiner@lsus.edu

 
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