The River Rises: Historical Floods
Jun 3 – Aug 27 all-day

This summer the West Baton Rouge Museum will host an exhibit commemorating the historical floods that have affected our area. Open June 3rd through August 27th, the exhibition, The River Rises, features images and artifacts from the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s permanent collection illustrating the history of flooding from shortly after the Civil War to the Great Flood of 1927 and the last inundation in West Baton Rouge which occurred in 1949. Collin Ritchie’s images from last year’s historic flooding will conclude the exhibit.

Life in southern Louisiana is shaped in both positive and negative ways by the rivers that surround us. The rivers bring rich alluvial soil that yields diverse crops and plays a major role in the agricultural success of our state. However, living near the rivers is a serious gamble, due to the potential for the devastation caused by seasonal floods. This summer’s exhibit, The River Rises, illustrates just how dangerous our natural providers can be.

Atchafalaya Water Trails
Jun 17 – Oct 29 all-day
“Christmas in July” Card Party at the West Baton Rouge Community Center
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

“Try your luck at bridge, hand and foot canasta, Shanghai rummy, pokeno, bouree and other games at the 12th annual “Christmas in July” Card Party sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association on Monday, July 31, 2017,” invited Lorry Trotter, Card Party chairman.

The fundraiser event includes lunch and runs from 10 am to 3 pm at the West Baton Rouge Community Center, 749 North Jefferson in Port Allen. A donation of $30.00 per person benefits the West Baton Rouge Historical Association.

Come and join us for a day of fun, fellowship, good food, door prizes and more! Bring you entire group or register individually to play cards or other parlor games and celebrate “Christmas in July” with us!

Reservations are required. Registration deadline is July 21. Call Alice LeBlanc at
336-2422, Ext.10 to register or for additional information.

Lunchtime Lecture – Mississippi River and its Tributaries: Managing the Mighty Mississippi
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ricky Boyett, Chief of Public Affairs with the United States Army Corps of Engineers examines the Corps approach to river flood management that is unique to South Louisiana.

Acadian Culture Day Bus Trip
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

A day trip in conjunction with its current “Water Trails of the Atchafalaya” exhibit. Celebrate the region’s Cajun culture, history, music, and cuisine with a charter bus excursion departing from West Baton Rouge Museum on Sunday morning and returning by sunset. Enjoy lunch at the famed Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf in Henderson, visit to Vermilionville’s Historic Village in Lafayette for the annual Acadian Culture Day celebration featuring live music, cooking and historic craft demonstrations, and optional boat tours, and dance at Whiskey River Landing to live Cajun/Zydeco music before heading home. Space is limited. Advanced, $75 paid registration is required.

Lunchtime Lecture and Film Screening –  “King Crawfish”
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to present a lunchtime lecture and film screening,” King Crawfish”, by filmmaker Conni Castille of University of Louisiana at Lafayette Friday, August 18th at noon.
“The rise of the humble mudbug from poor-man food to haute cuisine was always a curious thing to me,” explains folklorist, Conni Castille, the film’s writer and director.  In King Crawfish the Cajun spirit gets poured out on a communal table, even as the wild harvest is diminishing. At the Crawfish festival, everything Cajuns value takes to the stage – their language, their music, their food, their dance, and their crawfish. Thousands of pounds of crawfish get served up at the festival, much of it coming from their natural habitat, the Atchafalaya Basin. But, as the film traces the crustacean from festival to Basin, it finds fishermen fighting to retain their way of life in one small fishing community.
This event is free and open to the public
Lunchtime Lecture – The Menacing Mississippi: A Review of Floods in West Baton Rouge Parish
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
“The Menacing Mississippi: A Review of Floods in West Baton Rouge Parish” Historian Brian Costello shares images illustrating the inundation of West Baton Rouge and adjacent parishes wrought by Mississippi River levee failures between 1780 and 1949.
This lecture is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Julie Stewart Photography
Sep 2 – Dec 31 all-day
Lunchtime Lecture – The Atchafalaya River Basin, An Ecological and Personal Perspective
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join Dr. Bryan P. Piazza, author of The Atchafalaya River Basin – History and Ecology of an American Wetland as he explores the ecological history, current status, and future trajectory of the Atchafalaya River Basin, a landscape that has shaped him as much as it has defined Louisiana.

Lunchtime Lecture – Atchafalaya Basin: The River of Trees
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

With Dean Wilson, Executive Director of Atchafalaya Basin Keeper, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the ecosystems within the Atchafalaya Basin.