Local educator and historian James “Jim” Perrin has announced the release of a new history book titled “Ponchatoula: A Community History.”

Perrin, who has written other works on this community as well as numerous newspaper articles over the past 25 years, details the origin and growth of Ponchatoula through the decades from its founding in 1854 to the present.

The hardbound book is profusely illustrated throughout its more than 300 pages, with references and an every name index. It is a revision and expansion of an earlier book on Ponchatoula that Perrin authored in 2000.

A detailed account of the origin and growth of the city of Ponchatoula as well as surrounding communities is followed by separate chapters devoted to the lumbering and strawberry industries, churches, civic and governmental organizations, and educational developments.

This limited-edition hard bound volume is available locally for $30 in Ponchatoula at the Turquoise Coyote, Roussel’s Antiques, Heavenly Gifts, and the Country Market, as well as Bayou Booksellers in Hammond. The book is also available on e-bay.com, and may also be ordered directly from the author at James M. Perrin, 14187 Randall Avenue, Hammond, LA 70403.

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