By Claire Byun
Cassie Pruyn, local author, is writing a narrative history of Bayou St. John. The book – which will be published by History Press in New Orleans – is scheduled to come out later this year.
Pruyn is still looking to interview people who are important to the area, or who have lived in the neighborhood for years, for the book.
“It’s been a true honor to get to know the neighborhood, and everyone who’s lived here,” she told the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association.
Pruyn said she decided to write about Bayou St. John because she’s always been interested in bodies of water, and once she started writing about the area her interest just snowballed from there. She said there isn’t a modern comprehensive history of the waterway, and she’s looking to change that fact.
Pruyn can incorporate people’s interviews, old photos and other materials into the book if she receives them in the next few months. Otherwise, she has a running blog about the history of the area so any materials can be encompassed.
If you live in Bayou St. John and want to contribute to Pruyn’s history book, contact her through her website, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Pruyn at 504-301-6168.
“I’ve made a lot of connections but there’s always a lot more to make,” she said.