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.

Greater Baton Rouge Regional National History Day Contest
Mar 3 all-day

 Student and judges’ registration is now open at www.louisianahistoryday.org for this competition that will be held at West Baton Rouge Museum. Finalists will move on to state at the National WWII Museum in April and potentially to Nationals in D.C. this summer!

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 5 all-day
Jul
16
Mon
Teachers Institute 2018 – Rural Engineuity: Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills in the Classroom
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum will open registration for the 2018 Teachers’ Institute on Monday, March 26, 2018. The two-day summer professional development series is designed for in-service K-12 teachers across all subject areas. This summer will be the twelfth year the museum is offering this professional development program. Participants will produce a theme-based lesson with the help of museum staff and special guests for use in their classrooms. They will also receive classroom resource materials, a certificate of participation, and a $100 stipend upon completion of all
institute activities and assignments. Daily lunches are provided. The Teachers’ Institute is limited to 25 participants. Availability is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration forms may be downloaded from by clicking this link or picked up at the museum. Completed forms may be faxed to (225) 336-2448 or emailed to Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette, at
[email protected]. For more information, please call Museum Educator, Gwenn LaViolette at (225) 336-2422 x16.

Click Here to Download a Registration Form

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.

Oct
25
Thu
Clay Sculpture Workshop with West Baton Rouge artist, Mary Guarisco
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Space is limited. Advanced registration is required by calling 225-336-2422 Ext. 200. 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
15
Thu
Wine and Watercolor Workshop with Troy Hotard
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Space is limited.  To reserve your spot, call 225-336-2422 x200. FREE.