Thelma Kyser was a pioneer in the development of physical education programs for women in Louisiana. She served on the State Normal College faculty and was instrumental in getting an academic major in physical education for women established. Kyser reactivated the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches in 1954 and was President for 13 years. She was instrumental in editing and publishing two books that promoted Natchitoches and the Cane River area.