Calendar

Mar
21
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture – Liberties of Creole Women in 19th Century Louisiana
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host Creole historian, Barbara Trevigne for a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, March 21 at Noon. Madame Trevigne will present on the “Liberties of Creole Women in 19th Century Louisiana.”

Barbara Trevigne is a social worker, preservationist, performing artist, and historian. As part of her presentation, Mme Trevigne will share her extensive research on the tignon and the styles of dress of creole women in 18th and 19th century New Orleans and Louisiana. During that era, Louisiana’s women of color were forced by law to wear a covering on their heads during Governor Don Estevan Miro’s administration. This restriction became transformed into a fashion statement by women of colonial Louisiana.   She will also present historic documents and discuss how to follow the female lineage when researching family genealogy. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.

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.

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

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

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 5 all-day
Aug
18
Sat
50th Anniversary Gala
Aug 18 all-day
Golden Anniversary: Treasures from the Collection
Aug 18 – Oct 28 all-day

In honor of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s 50th Anniversary, the West Baton Rouge Historical Association is opening the vault to display objects from our collection that document the rich cultural history of our parish. Many of these objects will be on display for the first time!

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.

 

Oct
20
Sat
Malaika Favorite: Washboard City
Oct 20 2018 – Jan 20 2019 all-day

Louisiana folk artist Malaika Favorite is known for her creative interpretations of history. In her latest series, Washboard City, scrub-boards are used as a symbol of the hard work, discipline, and determination of black women in the south.

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
3
Sat
Picturing Nam
Nov 3 – Dec 30 all-day

This exhibit, curated by the National Archives, features some of the hundreds of thousands of photographs that military photographers stationed in Vietnam took to document American Armed Forces activities.

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.