Calendar

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.

Mar
25
Sun
Eggstravaganza at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come to the West Baton Rouge Parish Eggstravaganza! The West Baton Rouge Museum and the West Baton Rouge Parish Library are egg-cited to team up to host an old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. Join us on Sunday, March 25 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on the beautiful grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum.

Families will enjoy strolling the grounds and seeking out what spring time fun is in store. Afternoon festivities include games, crafts, face painting, story corner, an egg hunt, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

This program is FREE and open to the public. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call the museum at 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call the library at 225-342-7920 or visit wbrpl.com.

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 5 all-day
Jun
18
Mon
Blast From the Past Summer Camp: How to Have Fun on the Farm – Week 1
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm

We are reving up for some farm fresh fun at the West Baton Rouge Museum! A boot scootin’ good time awaits for boys and girls ages 6-12 at our twenty-third annual summer history camp program. Museum staff, visiting artists and other special guests will teach campers about work, play and farm family traditions. Activities include playing vintage games, making crafts to keep, and performing old fashioned chores. Campers will examine artifacts to learn how the inventive spirit of farmers led to great innovations that made work easier. The problem solving skills of early American farmers led the way to the comforts of modern technology that we enjoy today. Ever wonder how we came from carriages to cars, plows to tractors, and washboards to washing machines? Who is Leonard Julian and John Deere? When it comes to tractors, do you prefer Big Red or Green? Find out as we till up the past to learn how these seeds of change came about to make work easier and make more time for fun! That is, of course after campers tinker around to try to solve a few farm challenges on their own! The week wraps up with an old fashioned Ice Cream Social. Space is limited! Advanced, paid registration required. Sorry, No Refunds. Bring a Bag Lunch! Snacks and drinks provided daily.

Registration for Summer Camp is full, however, we are still taking reservations for the waiting list.
Jun
25
Mon
Blast From the Past Summer Camp: How to Have Fun on the Farm – Week 2
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – Jun 29 @ 3:00 pm

We are revving up for some farm fresh fun at the West Baton Rouge Museum! A boot scootin’ good time awaits for boys and girls ages 6-12 at our twenty-third annual summer history camp program. Museum staff, visiting artists and other special guests will teach campers about work, play and farm family traditions. Activities include playing vintage games, making crafts to keep, and performing old fashioned chores. Campers will examine artifacts to learn how the inventive spirit of farmers led to great innovations that made work easier. The problem solving skills of early American farmers led the way to the comforts of modern technology that we enjoy today. Ever wonder how we came from carriages to cars, plows to tractors, and washboards to washing machines? Who is Leonard Julian and John Deere? When it comes to tractors, do you prefer Big Red or Green? Find out as we till up the past to learn how these seeds of change came about to make work easier and make more time for fun! That is, of course after campers tinker around to try to solve a few farm challenges on their own! The week wraps up with an old fashioned Ice Cream Social. Space is limited! Advanced, paid registration required. Sorry, No Refunds. Bring a Bag Lunch! Snacks and drinks provided daily.

Registration for Summer Camp is full, however, we are still taking reservations for the waiting list.
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!

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.

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.

Dec
2
Sun
Holiday Open House 2018
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm