Clyde Vincent, who dedicated much of his life to chronicling and preserving the Cajun culture, has died. His legacy, however, will live on. Vincent was recognized for his work in preserving the Cajun heritage last year when he was inducted into the Order of the Living Legends at the Acadian Museum in Erath, La. in February, 2013.
Vincent, who died Monday at the age of 88 in Beaumont, Texas, willed his vast collection of Cajun genealogy research, books and even VCR tapes of interviews with “old timers” to the Tyrrell Historical Library in Beaumont. Stephanie Soule, archivist with the Tyrrell Historical Library said the collection is being catalogued and will be available for patron use.
You can read much more about Clyde Vincent and his lifelong genealogy work in the Port Arthur News at http://www.panews.com/local/x360411268/Clyde-Vincent-Cajun-genealogist-dies. You can also read about a visit with Clyde Vincent at http://cajunstories.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/a-gift-from-clyde-vincent/ as well as an article about his being honored last year by the Acadian Museum at http://www.katc.com/news/induction-into-order-of-living-legends-by-the-acadian-museum/.