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Feb
1
Thu
Créoles du Monde
Feb 1 – May 6 all-day

On February 1, 2018, the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition Créoles du Monde which explores the Créole world and culture from Africa and Europe to the Americas.   Créoles du Monde celebrates the vibrant culture of Créole people through the eyes of the historians, collectors, artists, and photographers who have captured a rich history in textiles, rare paintings and photographs.  This exhibit, which includes works from the collections of Jeremy Simien, Derrick Beard, Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Jeremiah Ariaz and Mary Gehman, will run through May 6th.

Scholars have debated the definition of Créole for over a hundred years. Depending on where you are and who you ask different answers are presented. In the United States, it refers exclusively to the people and culture of South Louisiana.  But the word has a broader meaning throughout the Americas.  Créole derives from the 17th century Portuguese word crioulo, used to refer to enslaved Africans born in the New World.  In Louisiana, the meaning was later broadened to distinguish upper class families of European descent from the English-speaking Americans moving south after the Louisiana Purchase.  World-wide, Créole has come to mean the cultures found in regions shaped by African, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Indigenous influences.  A common thread that ties all Créole cultures together is the production of sugar.

Mar
3
Sat
Fait à la Main: Acadian Handicrafts
Mar 3 – Aug 5 all-day

On March 3, 2018 the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Fait à la Main: The Acadian Handicraft Project. This exhibit will feature traditional Acadian handiwork such as brown cotton woven textiles, hand sewing and wood crafts created by Louisiana artisans who participated in the handicraft project. Crafts produced by modern artisans will also be featured to show how Acadian traditions are being kept alive today.

The Acadian Handicraft Project began in 1942 and was based at Louisiana State University. Its purpose was to support French language and culture in Louisiana. Field representative Louise Olivier traveled the state purchasing crafts, mostly textiles, from Acadians and marketed them for sale. The project provided a sales outlet and source of income to Acadian women who had not previously worked outside the home, as well as encouraged craftspeople to continue the traditions involved in creating these pieces. Mrs. Olivier worked with internationally known writers and magazines, providing them material about Acadian culture that would help to promote the Acadian Handicraft Project. The Acadian Handicraft Project was at the height of its popularity in 1962 when Louise Olivier passed away, but the seeds for CODOFIL, the Council for Development of French in Louisiana, were planted and the traditions of Acadian craftwork were preserved. This exhibit is based on research conducted by the LSU Textile and Costume Museum and runs through August 5, 2018.

Apr
27
Fri
Book Club – The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a 6-week book club discussion group entitled The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with Dr. Olivia Pass. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.

The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History will offer the reading public an opportunity to consider issues such as why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been navigated by writers of the Creole experience.  Texts range from the multi-generations story Cane River, by Lalita Tademy, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana’s Free People of Color, an album of Creole thought and experience, ed. Sybil Kein, Anne Rice’s novel Feast of All Saints, the historical analysis of Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization, eds. Arnold Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, and Catherine Carmier, Ernest Gaines’ first novel. This program is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required as space is limited.

Dr. Olivia Pass is currently an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University and Southern University as well as for Oshner Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs. She is also involved in planning the Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc. which sponsors literary and artistic events in the St. Francisville and Baton Rouge areas. Dr. Pass has a Ph.D. in Early American Literature.

The Créoles du Monde, or Creoles of the World exhibit, celebrates Creole cultures from around the world. Included in the exhibit are fanciful costumes, beautiful paintings, rare books, documents, videos and photography from south Louisiana, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 15

May
4
Fri
Book Club – The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History
May 4 @ 10:00 am

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a 6-week book club discussion group entitled The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with Dr. Olivia Pass. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.

The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History will offer the reading public an opportunity to consider issues such as why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been navigated by writers of the Creole experience.  Texts range from the multi-generations story Cane River, by Lalita Tademy, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana’s Free People of Color, an album of Creole thought and experience, ed. Sybil Kein, Anne Rice’s novel Feast of All Saints, the historical analysis of Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization, eds. Arnold Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, and Catherine Carmier, Ernest Gaines’ first novel. This program is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required as space is limited.

Dr. Olivia Pass is currently an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University and Southern University as well as for Oshner Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs. She is also involved in planning the Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc. which sponsors literary and artistic events in the St. Francisville and Baton Rouge areas. Dr. Pass has a Ph.D. in Early American Literature.

The Créoles du Monde, or Creoles of the World exhibit, celebrates Creole cultures from around the world. Included in the exhibit are fanciful costumes, beautiful paintings, rare books, documents, videos and photography from south Louisiana, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 15

May
11
Fri
Book Club – The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History
May 11 @ 10:00 am

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a 6-week book club discussion group entitled The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with Dr. Olivia Pass. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.

The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History will offer the reading public an opportunity to consider issues such as why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been navigated by writers of the Creole experience.  Texts range from the multi-generations story Cane River, by Lalita Tademy, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana’s Free People of Color, an album of Creole thought and experience, ed. Sybil Kein, Anne Rice’s novel Feast of All Saints, the historical analysis of Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization, eds. Arnold Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, and Catherine Carmier, Ernest Gaines’ first novel. This program is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required as space is limited.

Dr. Olivia Pass is currently an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University and Southern University as well as for Oshner Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs. She is also involved in planning the Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc. which sponsors literary and artistic events in the St. Francisville and Baton Rouge areas. Dr. Pass has a Ph.D. in Early American Literature.

The Créoles du Monde, or Creoles of the World exhibit, celebrates Creole cultures from around the world. Included in the exhibit are fanciful costumes, beautiful paintings, rare books, documents, videos and photography from south Louisiana, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 15

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 19 all-day
Jun
18
Mon
Summer Camp – Week 1
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
Jun
25
Mon
Summer Camp – Week 2
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – Jun 29 @ 3:00 pm
Jul
16
Mon
Teachers Institute 2018 – Rural Engineuity: Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills in the Classroom
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum will open registration for the 2018 Teachers’ Institute on Monday, March 26, 2018. The two-day summer professional development series is designed for in-service K-12 teachers across all subject areas. This summer will be the twelfth year the museum is offering this professional development program. Participants will produce a theme-based lesson with the help of museum staff and special guests for use in their classrooms. They will also receive classroom resource materials, a certificate of participation, and a $100 stipend upon completion of all
institute activities and assignments. Daily lunches are provided. The Teachers’ Institute is limited to 25 participants. Availability is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration forms may be downloaded from by clicking this link or picked up at the museum. Completed forms may be faxed to (225) 336-2448 or emailed to Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette, at
[email protected]. For more information, please call Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette at (225) 336-2422 x16.

Click Here to Download a Registration Form

Aug
18
Sat
50th Anniversary Gala
Aug 18 all-day