Calendar

Apr
1
Mon
OLLI @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to have been selected to present a course through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at LSU) in the Spring Semester of 2019.Classes will meet for two hours on consecutive Mondays (excluding March 4, Lundi Gras) from February 18 – April 1.

In celebration of the Square Collection exhibit, and the museum’s latest permanent installation, a Juke Joint exhibit, this OLLI course will explore Movement in Art and Music. Through a series of six classes taking place on February 18, 25, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, registered participants will experience exhibit tours, performances by dancers and musicians, artists demonstrations, and lectures by art collectors and historians.. The course will culminate with an opportunity to create a piece of art to keep that incorporates an expressive form of movement.

This program is open to OLLI members. Space is limited, and tuition is charged. To register for this program, participants must first become a member of OLLI and sign up for the course by visiting www.outreach.lsu.edu?Enrichment?OLLI-at-LSU or call 225.578.2500.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Louisiana State University (OLLI at LSU) is a membership-based program offering non-credit courses and activities that focus on active learning and is one of a network of 120 university-affiliated lifelong learning programs supported by The Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI at LSU is open to anyone who is 50 and over and enjoys learning. More than 1000 members choose from more than 200 courses, field trips, lectures, and social events each year, held at 13 locations across Baton Rouge and south Louisiana. Explore new ideas, indulge new interests, and make and enjoy new friends.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

Apr
6
Sat
Underground Railroad Exhibit Opening @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Magnolia Plantation on the Cane River, LA; “They worked me all de day, Widout one cent of pay; So I took my flight in de middle ob de night, When de moon am gone away.” – chorus of Geo. W. Clark Liberty Song

 

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Through
Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad which will open on April 6 and run through May 25, 2019. Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales spent more than a decade
meticulously researching “fugitive” slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom. The path Michna-
Bales documented encompasses roughly 2,000 miles of actual sites, cities, and places that freedom-
seekers passed. In this series of photographs, she helps us imagine the long road to freedom as seen
through the eyes of those who made the epic journey.

The journey sometimes began in the middle of the night with people carrying little more than the
knowledge that moss grows on the north side of trees. An estimated 100,000 enslaved people
between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865 chose to embark on this journey to freedom.
Many consider the Underground Railroad to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas
and the first time when people of different races and faiths worked together in harmony for freedom
and justice. Some consider the Underground Railroad the first civil rights movement within
America.  Louisiana freedom stories will be included in this exhibit, including an original reward
letter from 1817 for a man who escaped from Pointe Coupee Parish.

This exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more
information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225) 336-2422 x
200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday,
10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N.
Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Apr
10
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture with Carl Westmorland @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture with Carl Westmoreland, Senior Historian from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NUGRRFC) in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 10, 2019 at noon. The Freedom Center is the first institution in the nation dedicated to the secret network of  escape where tens of thousands of people risk their lives in search of freedom. Many of these fugitives followed and crossed the Mississippi River through dangerous terrain into Free States. Westmoreland will share his fifty years of research about the Underground Railroad in a presentation entitled, Freedom on the Mississippi River.

Westmoreland was a key leader behind the creation of The Freedom Center and the curator
responsible for saving the slave pen that he discovered, restored, and had installed within the walls
of the museum. He was the first African American to serve on the National Trust for Historic
Preservation where he traveled the world speaking about preservation issues.

This is the first in a series of programs planned in conjunction with a new exhibition, Through
Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, which runs May 25, 2019. The exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance

For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225)
336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through
Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845
N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Apr
13
Sat
Mammy and the Underground Railroad @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30AM, the West Baton Rouge Museum will host
Mammy and the Underground Railroad, a family friendly program presented by Gaynell Brady,
founder of Mammy’s, a traveling enrichment program. Thousands of Freedom Seekers found their
way to liberty after escaping through the Underground Railroad. Learn about the many ways
Mammy served as a Conductor on the Underground Railroad. This program will include storytelling,
a scavenger hunt to collect goods around the museum complex, and crafts to create an engaging and
deep experience for families. This 60-minute program is perfect for ages 6 and up.

Mammy’s brings interactive history lessons relevant to Louisiana and American History where
participants learn about the lives of Louisiana's Mammies. ​In 2007, Gaynell Brady began researching
her family tree. Through genealogical research, evidence revealed her family has lived in Louisiana
for over 200 years. In fact, she has roots in West Baton Rouge Parish. After careful analysis of her
family tree, she noticed there was one theme that was prevalent among all of her mammies—the
desire to make each generation stronger and smarter. The inspiring stories of her mammies left her
with a sense of pride, strength, and courage.

Mammy and the Underground Railroad is being offered in conjunction with the national traveling exhibit
from Exhibits USA, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad that will be
on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum through May 25, 2019.

This program is being offered FREE of charge. However, space is limited and registration is
requested by calling 225-336-2422 extension 200. West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845
North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit
www.westbatonrougemuseum.com .

Apr
14
Sun
Easter Eggstravaganza @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum along with the West Baton Rouge Parish Library will
host Eggstravaganza, an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt – on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 2:00 to
4:00PM.

Come for springtime games, crafts, face painting, and a visit from the Easter Bunny on the beautiful
grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum set on six tree-shaded acres surrounded by picturesque
historical buildings.

This event is being offered FREE of charge. For more information, please call the museum at 225-
336-2422 extension 200 or the library at 225-342-7920, ext. 221 or email [email protected]
West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more
information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com .

May
9
Thu
Lunchtime Lecture with Molly Mitchell: Freedom on the Move @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture with Molly Mitchell of the Midlo Center at UNO on the Freedom on the Move Project on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Freedom on the Move (FOTM) is a collaborative online project housed at Cornell University devoted to “fugitives/self-liberators” from slavery in North America. The FOTM project enlisted the help of the public to create a database for tens of thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers seeking the recapture of self-liberating Africans and African Americans. The advertisements appeared in newspapers throughout the United States before the Civil War. Professor Mary Molly Mitchell of the University of New Orleans’s Midlo Center will talk about the project and invite the audience to get involved. Dr. Mitchell is one of the lead historians on the FOTM project. This program is free and open to the public.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with a new exhibition, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, which runs May 26, 2019. The exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.
For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

May
10
Fri
Evening Jazz Concert and Book Signing at the West Baton Rouge Museum Friday, May 10, 2019 @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host an outdoor evening celebration featuring
a book signing, reception with light refreshments in the courtyard, and a jazz concert finalé on the lawn near the museum’s Juke Joint on Friday, May 10th from 6 – 8PM In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors to the museum’s Brick Gallery.

From 6 – 7PM, copies of American Creed: Connections to the Past, Hope for the Future Volume I will be available for purchase, and authors will be on hand to sign books. This compilation features literary submissions rendered by participants of American Creed, a series of events inspired by the PBS documentary American Creed hosted earlier this year by the West Baton Rouge Museum and West Baton Rouge Parish Library. Programming included community conversations and a writing component. Sentiments offered in poetic form and essay, discuss diverse perspectives on what it means to be an American, the American creed, and this creed’s influence on our pasts, presents, and futures.

From 7 – 8PM, the West Baton Rouge Jazz Oasis Band will present their spring concert, entitled “A New Orleans Tri-centennial (+1),” a tribute to the birthplace of Jazz. The West Baton Rouge Oasis Jazz Band is an all ages ensemble based out of West Baton Rouge Parish that regularly performs in the Greater Baton Rouge area and recently performed at the National World War II Museum.

This spring celebration is FREE and open to the public. Limited seating will be available, and the public is welcome to bring lawn chairs. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call (225)336-2422 Ext. 200.

May
15
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture with Catherine Brosmand and Olivia Pass @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunchtime Lecture and book signing with Catherine Savage Brosman and Olivia McNeely Pass, authors of Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. FREE EVENT

May
17
Fri
Movie Screening: “The Greenbook: Guide to Freedom” at Manship Theatre @ Manship Theatre
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum and the River Road African American Museum will host a screening of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom at the Manship Theatre on Friday, May 17 th at 7:00PM courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel. Maxine Crump, Director of Dialogue on Race, and Kathe Hambrick, Director of Interpretation at the West Baton Rouge Museum, will lead the Q&A immediately following the film. The film takes an in-depth look into the real story of Victor H. Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book” during the Jim Crow era and beyond.

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. Called The Negro Motorist Green Book, it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph. Esso, also known as Standard Oil, now known as ExxonMobil, was a corporate sponsor of the Green Book and distributed the guide at gas stations throughout the country.

A common goal of the West Baton Rouge Museum and the River Road African American Museum Is to educate the public. The stories we tell through exhibits and programs are about freedom, resilience, and reconciliation. This screening of the Smithsonian documentary, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, is a collaborative effort between the two museums to bring communities together to learn about this important period in American history.

This screening is presented in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s exhibition, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, which runs May 26, 2019. The exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

May
19
Sun
Cajun French Music Association- Jam Session @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Put Sunday, May 19th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on your calendar. That’s the next Cajun Jam Session sponsored by the Baton Rouge CFMA Chapter. CFMA Hall of Fame accordionist Sheryl Cormier along with a special fiddle player, will lead a group of interested musicians from throughout the area. So – get out your instrument and join us! It’s all at a new location: the West Baton Rouge Museum Gallery (the indoor space with the brick floors). The address is 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. It’s all free and dancers are encouraged to attend too. See you Sunday the 19th on the West Side!