National History Day Competition- The West Baton Rouge Museum will welcome judges, volunteers, teachers and middle and high school students from a twelve parish region to compete individually and in groups with projects including research papers, performances, websites, exhibits, and documentaries. The theme for this year’s contest is “Taking A Stand in History.”
Atchafalaya heritage themes, Advanced registration required.
A day trip in conjunction with its current “Water Trails of the Atchafalaya” exhibit. Celebrate the region’s Cajun culture, history, music, and cuisine with a charter bus excursion departing from West Baton Rouge Museum on Sunday morning and returning by sunset. Enjoy lunch at the famed Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf in Henderson, visit to Vermilionville’s Historic Village in Lafayette for the annual Acadian Culture Day celebration featuring live music, cooking and historic craft demonstrations, and optional boat tours, and dance at Whiskey River Landing to live Cajun/Zydeco music before heading home. Space is limited. Advanced, $75 paid registration is required.
Make reservations now to join the West Baton Rouge Museum in celebrating Twelfth Night which is the final day of the Christmas season and the start of carnival season. Come see us on the opening day of the museum’s new exhibit, 3-D Beads: A Mardi Gras Art Celebration by Marcus Ciko. Then, travel with us aboard a Dixieland Motor Coach to Natchez, Mississippi to experience a Jeweled Christmas at the Towers on Saturday, January, 6, 2018.
The itinerary begins at 10:30 a.m. with a King Cake party and a viewing of the exhibit, 3-D Beads: A Mardi Gras Art Celebration featuring the creations of Baton Rouge artist Marcus Ciko at West Baton Rouge Museum before boarding the bus. The exhibit features a selection of three dimensional creations made from Mardi Gras beads. Using unique twisting methods, Ciko has created flags, football jerseys and even entire costumes from the traditional Mardi Gras throw. Then, it is off to Natchez for a visit to The Towers for one of the most unique seasonal historic house tours in the South. The bus will depart promptly at 11:30 a.m. A Jeweled Christmas at The Towers mixes elaborate Christmas decorating with extensive jewelry displays featuring thousands of sparkling pieces of vintage costume jewelry at every turn. The Jeweled Christmas at the Towers has been named as one of the Top Ten Most Unusual Christmas Displays in the United States! The Historic Towers mansion was built over three different time periods, with the first being during the colonial western expansion of the United States around 1798. After a brief stop at the gift shop, the bus will return to West Baton Rouge Museum with an estimated arrival time of 7 p.m.
The cost for this trip is $55. Spaces are limited and advanced, paid (non-refundable) reservations are required. Reserved spaces are payable via cash, credit card, or check made out to West Baton Rouge Museum. For more information, please contact the West Baton Rouge Museum at 225-336-2422 Ext. 15.
Reservations will be taken until Friday, December 22, 2017 or until the bus is full. To have a copy of the registration form mailed to you, please contact the West Baton Rouge Museum at 225-336-2422 x15 or click here to download a copy.
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!
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.