Calendar

Feb
21
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture – Sold into Enslavement: The Tribulation and Vindication of the Olivo Family of False River
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This presentation by Brian Costello is a wrenching account of the abduction and sale into enslavement of the Olivo family, a free Creole family of the Island of False River in the 1850s. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. FREE

Mar
3
Sat
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!

Mar
7
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture – Creoles in Veracruz
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host Creole historian, Mary Gehman for a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, March 7 at Noon. Ms. Gehman will present on “Creoles in Veracruz.”
Mary Gehman, a longtime resident of New Orleans, has been living in Donaldsonville, Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. She is the owner of DVille Press LLC. She has authored two books, Women and New Orleans and The Free People of Color of New Orleans. Ms. Gehman has a MA in English from University of New Orleans and is retired from teaching English at Delgado Community College. She is also a charter member of the LA Creole organization in New Orleans.
Gehman’s research on free people of color in New Orleans made her curious about the hundreds of Louisiana Creoles of color who immigrated to Mexico in the mid-to-late 1800s. What happened to them? Were their descendants still there? She is the first historian to locate their records and descendants in Mexico, primarily in the state of Veracruz. She will share her 200-page database of names from this project as well as photos and anecdotes from her various research trips south of the border. 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.

Mar
14
Wed
Lunchtime Panel Discussion and Book Signing – Creole Cuisine
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a panel discussion and book signing on Creole Cuisine as part of our ongoing Lunchtime Lecture series on Wednesday, March 14th at Noon. The museum will welcome three panelists who will serve up some savory thoughts on the culinary and cultural topic of Creole cuisine. Guest presenters include Michaela York, Vice President of Communications for Chef John Folse & Company and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine, Dr. Zella Palmer, Director of the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture at Dillard University, and John LaFleur II, a Louisiana Creole author and a life-long gourmet.

Panelists will have books available for purchase at a book signing following the program. The panel discussion will be moderated by West Baton Rouge Museum director, Dr. Angélique Bergeron whose research focused on the Creoles of Pointe Coupée.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Creoles du Monde exhibit. The Creoles 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.

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

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

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
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
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.