Monday, July 17, 2017

Hurricanes Katrina, Rita heroes & helpers to be honored;  ‘Cajundome Mega-Shelter’ book to be released  

Acadian House Publishing along with Dr. and Mrs. Paul Axar will unveil the new book, “The Day of the Cajundome Mega-Shelter,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Cajundome Convention Center, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., and everything is free and open to the public.

The book details when the Cajundome evolved into the nation’s first mega-shelter almost overnight after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. ,The Cajundome was also a shelter for those evacuated from Hurricane Rita, which hit Louisiana almost one month later. 

The event features the release, sale and signing of "The Day of the Cajundome Mega-Shelter" by Jefferson Hennessy with Leigh Hennessy Robson and Mark B. Robson. There will be public recognition and thanks to those who fed, sheltered and provided medical attention to evacuees. 

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at