Lost Rayne Program Set

Lost Rayne Program Set


On Monday November 23, 2015 for 6 PM to 8 PM, a unique event will be held in the Rayne Civic Center Ballroom celebrating Rayne’s History. The Lost Rayne History Program will feature never seen before artifacts, which is unless you lived in Rayne since 1883!

This FREE event is open to the public and is being co-sponsored by the City of Rayne, Lost Rayne and Rayne Remembered Facebook groups. If you love history, especially Rayne’s unique history, this event will have something for everyone.

Starting at 6 PM, the doors will open and you will be able to view numerous historical items including: Phone books from the 1940’s & 1950’s, local advertising items, maps, old business locations, bottles from several Rayne cold drink bottlers & pharmacies, historic documents along with items from the Mervine Kahn Company Store & Jacque Weil Frog Company.

Along with the displays, the release of the new Rayne Pictorial History Book, Lost Rayne, by Arcadia Publishing will be sold for the first time. Author Tony Olinger, who co-authored two previous Arcadia Books, Images of America – Rayne and Images of America - Rayne’s People and Places with Cheryl Richard, will be on hand signing books. The cost of the books are $21.99 each. Additional copies can be purchased at Olinger’s Radio Shack after the event.

The highlight of the program will begin at 7 PM with a showing of historic film footage of Rayne, some dating back to the 1930’s. Footage will include downtown Rayne, the great flood of 1940, homecoming parades, school dances & events and even a look back at the Mervine Kahn Company Store before it closed in 1994.

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  • In the 1900s, Rayne was a
    leading producer of eggs, sweet potatoes, cotton, and of course, frogs.
  • Rayne holds the all-time
    LA snowfall record - 24 inches
    on February 14 & 15, 1895.
  • Rayne once had a semi-pro
    black baseball team known
    as the Blue Eagles.
  • The Rayne high school six-man football team won the state championship in 1944.
  • In 1908, the town passed
    an ordinance requiring all
    property owners to put down
    plank sidewalks.
  • In 1946, the population of Rayne grew enough that the State Legislature declared
    it a city.
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