Southeastern 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 Wednesday (July 31) held at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
Hyde holds the Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies at Southeastern and was recognized in part for his efforts as chair 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 Florida Parishes history and helped develop a highly successful 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.