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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 .