Calendar

Apr
6
Fri
Juke Joint Grand Opening & Volunteer Appreciation Party
Apr 6 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum is reclaiming its blues history with the grand opening of the WBRM Juke Joint. A Friday Night Fish Fry is planned for the grand opening  with a special musical tribute to our very own blues legend, Slim Harpo who is from Mulatto Bend.

Apr
18
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture and Book Signing – Southern University Law Center
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm

Authors Dr. Rachel L. Emanuel and Carla Ball will present the rich and colorful history of Southern University Law Center through selected images from their newly published book that portray legal education amid the continuing struggle for justice, inclusion, and equality.  Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. FREE

Aug
18
Sat
50th Anniversary Gala
Aug 18 all-day
Sep
20
Thu
Lunchtime Lecture – The Move and Restoration of the Historic c. 1830 Aillet House
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased host local architectural historian and specialist in historic house restoration, Sid Gray on Thursday, September 20 at Noon as part of our ongoing Lunchtime Lecture series. Mr. Gray will discuss “The Move and Restoration of the Historic c. 1830 Aillet House.”

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Aillet House is an example of a small Creole plantation home which was once home to the 19th and 20th century Jean Dorville Landry and Anatole Aillet families respectively. Sid Gray who served as the historic building consultant for the project will discuss the move of the Creole cottage from its original location along the River Road facing the Mississippi River near Brusly, Louisiana to where it presently sits on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum. He will also discuss how the house was restored under his care.

This program is being offered as part of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Golden Anniversary: Treasures from the Collection exhibit. Donated by the Dow Chemical Company, the Aillet House has been on the museum grounds since 1990.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

 

Sep
23
Sun
Lazy Lester’s Home Going
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
30
Sun
“Baton Rouge Blues on the ‘Gold Coast'” – Country Roads Supper Club
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Join us Sunday, September 30th for a Baton Rouge Blues on the Gold Coast Supper Club at the West Baton Rouge Museum.

We’re playing your song with a blues-themed event taking place at a juke joint on the beautiful grounds of Port Allen’s West Baton Rouge Museum. Chef David Crews – creator of Cleveland, Mississippi’s nationally recognized Delta Supper Club will be at the stove, while local blues duo Smokehouse Porter and Ms. Mamie play classic Baton Rouge blues at the historic juke joint located on the grounds during cocktail hour.

On the grounds of the museum stands a Juke Joint that illustrates the major role West Baton Rouge Parish played in the evolution of the “Baton Rouge Blues. In the first half of the 20th century, Port Allen and surrounding communities were home to many juke joints. Popular hotspots on the westbank attracted a steady flow of patrons from both sides of the Mississippi River-people looking for a good time in establishments that stayed open all night. In the 1950s and ‘60s, less-restrictive liquor laws and the many juke joints that flourished on the westbank, created fertile ground for live music by the likes of Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy, Lazy Lester and Ernie K-Doe; and earned the stretch of Highway 190 from the river to LA 415 the nickname “The Gold Coast.”

EAT WELL. RAISE A GLASS. MAKE NEW FRIENDS.

For any questions, please contact Country Roads event coordinator, Sadler Ward, [email protected].

** No refunds will be issued within seven days of event date.

* Country Roads Supper Club events are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we make every effort to ensure that guests are comfortably accommodated. In the event that a Supper Club event coincides with weather severe enough to trigger a National Weather Service watch or warning within a twenty-five-mile radius of the supper site, the event will be rescheduled or canceled.

* If weather forces an event postponement, every effort will be made to reschedule within a reasonable time frame. Existing tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. If circumstances require a cancellation, a full refund will be issued.

Oct
19
Fri
Annual Halloween Event 2018
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Trick or treat at historic houses, play vintage games, enjoy hauntingly good live music, and more. Come see for yourself what the West Baton Rouge Parish Library and the Museum have in store. FREE

Oct
21
Sun
Annual Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture Series – Malaika Favorite. 
Oct 21 @ 2:30 pm

This annual lecture series honors the memory of Ethel Claiborne Dameron, founder of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association and West Baton Rouge Museum. Reception to follow. FREE

Nov
2
Fri
Le Café Français
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm

Gather with West Baton Rouge Museum Staffers and other members of the Francophone community around the coffee pot for conversations in French, Cajun French, or Creole.  First Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m.

Nov
29
Thu
Lunchtime Lecture – with Fernando O. Rivera, Jr, CEO/Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce as part of our ongoing Lunchtime Lecture series, we will host Fernando O. Rivera, Jr, CEO/Director, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System on Thursday, November 29 at Noon.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the Picturing Nam, a traveling exhibit on loan from the National Archives. Photographs are a powerful part of our collective memory of the Vietnam War. Many of the iconic photographs were taken by photojournalists working for newspapers, magazines, or wire services. But there were also military photographers in Vietnam serving in our armed forces. They took thousands of photographs that covered every aspect of the conflict—photographs that are now part of our National Archives. Their assignments sent them everywhere: the jungles and swamps, forward bases, hospital ships, rivers, and air bases. Un-sanitized and uncensored, these indelible images give an intimate and ground up view of the war and those who fought it.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.