As a native of Alexandria, I spent the first 20 years of my life there. I still have strong connections with the people, and history, of Alexandria and Pineville and all of Louisiana. I remain interested in the continued success and growth of the area. This website was originally launched in 2000 to remember and share the good things of the past as "The Alexandria Retrospective".
Those places of the past remain a integral part of my life. The people of Alexandria past ... I can’t forget, I’ll never forget. About them, and where they lived, and the families they raised and the town they helped build. The people who built that town will always be remembered, in my heart and in my soul.
And the future of Alexandria is bright, as the city has become a major business, retail and healthcare center. It is also a popular tourist destination, as visitors take advantage of the city's arts and cultural offerings, and a wide varity of outdoor recreation activities.
We hope to continue to support the Alexandria-Pineville community, and to provide resources for residents and visitors alike.
After launching the Retrospective in 2000, it grew in popularity and served as a place where those with Alexandria connections could remember the past, and share their memories as well. However, as technology grew with the advent of social media, the Retrospective really became obsolete, and we removed most of its content from this website.
We have included below a short video containing some of the content from the original Retrospective. Most of the photos were taken in 2000-2003. Also included are images from the Alexandria Vintage Postcard Collection, and photos shared by the Louisiana History Museum and the Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission. Clippings from the Daily Town Talk and yearbooks are also included.
While the Retrospective covers decades of memories, this video takes only 12 minutes on YouTube! So sit back and get ready to recall some memories ... and turn up your volume for some easy-listening music!
Like all YouTube videos, you can click to run it full screen, and mute the music if you like.
Enjoy this journey back to those simpler times that those of us with Alexandria connections all remember!