Due to an ongoing issue with our ISP, the Fields branch is temporarily closed. Our nearest open branches to this location are Merryville and Singer; please see their hours of operation here. You can also call 337-463-6217 for help with extending your due dates or requesting items.
We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to returning to our regular hours of service in Fields in mid-January.
On this day in 1844, the first telegraph line in the US between Baltimore, MC and Washington, DC opened. Samuel FB Morse, creator of the Morse Code, sent the first officially telegraphed message: "What hath God wrought?"
If you're curious about Morse Code or telegraphs, here are a few resources we have for you:
Items in our catalog about the telegraph, including its use in the Civil War.
A video from our Access Video collection (patrons may need to supply their library card numbers to view at home: