Bill Hyland

Historian
St. Bernard, LA

“The disappearance of the wetlands in St. Bernard Parish means ultimately the destruction of the city of New Orleans. Of course, if the wetland habitat is destroyed then there is no future here.”

William Hyland serves as Historian of St. Bernard parish and director of the Los Islenos Museum Complex. He is the former past president of Los Islenos Heritage and Cultural Society. Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Society began to evolve in 1975 from work undertaken by St. Bernard Parish Historian Emeritus Frank Fernandez in conjunction with New Orleans Public Television Station WYES. Fernandez organized a group of septuagenarian and octogenarian oral history informants whose interviews documentary entitled “Louisiana’s Disappearing Spanish Legacy.” The documentary first aired in September 1975 and generated great enthusiasm in the St. Bernard Isleño Community. An incredible historian, Mr Hyland has dedicated his life to educating people about the importance of St. Bernard Parish in the overall landscape of Southeast Louisiana.

Photo: Claire Bangser