Calendar

May
15
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture with Catherine Brosmand and Olivia Pass @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunchtime Lecture and book signing with Catherine Savage Brosman and Olivia McNeely Pass, authors of Louisiana Poets: A Literary Guide. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. FREE EVENT

May
17
Fri
Lunchtime Lecture with Geoffrey Tyler @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host Geoffrey Tyler for a Lunchtime Lecture entitled
Prepared for Life, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Noon.

While never a Boy Scout, learn how this pilot and poet known as quite possibly the last prisoner of the
Cold War shares how his training at the Citadel and his military experience prepared him for life when
he had to make an emergency landing in Angola located in south-central Africa and survived over 22
months in communist POW camps.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the Prepared for Life: Scouting in West Baton Rouge
exhibit which tells the stories of the boys who learned valuable life skills and made lasting friendships in
the Boy Scout troops of West Baton Rouge. The exhibit will also explore the contributions of local Girl
Scouts and the programs that they participated in.

This event is FREE, open to the public, and suitable for adults and students ages 12 and up. Participants
are welcome to bring a bag lunch. West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue
in Port Allen. For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 extension 200 or visit
www.westbatonrougemuseum.com .

Movie Screening: “The Greenbook: Guide to Freedom” at Manship Theatre @ Manship Theatre
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum and the River Road African American Museum will host a screening of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom at the Manship Theatre on Friday, May 17 th at 7:00PM courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel. Maxine Crump, Director of Dialogue on Race, and Kathe Hambrick, Director of Interpretation at the West Baton Rouge Museum, will lead the Q&A immediately following the film. The film takes an in-depth look into the real story of Victor H. Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book” during the Jim Crow era and beyond.

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. Called The Negro Motorist Green Book, it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph. Esso, also known as Standard Oil, now known as ExxonMobil, was a corporate sponsor of the Green Book and distributed the guide at gas stations throughout the country.

A common goal of the West Baton Rouge Museum and the River Road African American Museum Is to educate the public. The stories we tell through exhibits and programs are about freedom, resilience, and reconciliation. This screening of the Smithsonian documentary, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, is a collaborative effort between the two museums to bring communities together to learn about this important period in American history.

This screening is presented in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s exhibition, Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, which runs May 26, 2019. The exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

May
19
Sun
Cajun French Music Association- Jam Session @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If you are interested in traditional Cajun and French music, put the 3rd Sundays of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm on your calendar! The West Baton Rouge Museum will be hosting Cajun Jam Sessions sponsored by the Baton Rouge CFMA Chapter. Each month, a different artist will lead a group of interested musicians from throughout the area. So- get out your instrument and join in!

The West Baton Rouge Museum is the new, permanent host for this musical event. A space will be set up in the Brick Gallery for musicians, spectators, and even dancers! The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. It is a free event and we encourage anyone who is interested to check it out!

****Please note that because of Father’s Day, the June Jam Session will be moved to the next week, June 23.

 

 

 

May
22
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture with Bryan Wagner @ West Baton Rouge Museum
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join the West Baton Rouge Museum for a Lunchtime Lecture and book signing with Bryan Wagner, author of The Life and Legend of Bras Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz and Died for Love. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. FREE EVENT

Jun
8
Sat
Prepared for Life: Scouting in West Baton Rouge, an exhibit at the West Baton Rouge Museum @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jun 8 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition entitled
Prepared for Life: Scouting in West Baton Rouge, which will open on June 8th and run
through August 18, 2019. This exhibition tells the stories of the boys and girls who learned
valuable life skills and made lasting friendships in their local troops.

The Boy Scouts of America incorporated on February 8, 1910, inspired by the British Scout
Association founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell who began the association to teach boys life
skills based on his military training. Girl Scouting in the United States began on March 12, 1912,
when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Guide troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah,
Georgia.

Scouting has a long history in West Baton Rouge Parish; Boy Scout Troop 38 received its charter in 1932 and the first Girl Scout troop was organized in 1933. Artifacts from Port Allen’s old Scout Hut will be on display along with items loaned by local Scouters, including uniforms,
photographs, and scrapbooks. In conjunction with the 50 th anniversary of the moon landing, a
portion of the exhibit will focus on the special badges that can be earned by Scouts related to
Space Flight, Aeronautics, and Engineering.

The exhibit will kick off with a Scouting Reunion Celebration on June 8 th from 6:00 to 8:00
PM. Join us for a night of Scout themed entertainment, refreshments, and reminiscing with your fellow troop members. Visitors are welcome to bring an item from their Scouting days to “show and tell” with fellow guests!

For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.
The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Scouting Reunion Celebration at the West Baton Rouge Museum @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Calling all current and former Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts age 5 – 105 and the general public!
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Scout reunion and exhibit-opening reception for Prepared for Life on Saturday, June 8, 219 from 6 PM – 8 PM. Come gather around the campfire on the museum grounds for an evening of Scout themed entertainment and refreshments, reminiscing, exhibit tours, and S’more! The public is welcome to bring memorabilia for “show and tell.” Join us as we celebrate the tradition of Scouting and the legacy, lessons, and treasured memories that Scouting has to offer.

The Prepared for Life: Scouting in West Baton Rouge exhibit tells the stories of the boys who learned valuable life skills and made lasting friendships in the Boy Scout troops of WBR. The exhibit will also explore the contributions of local Girl Scouts and the programs that they participated in. The museum will offer interactive programs in conjunction with the exhibit throughout the summer.

This program is free and open to the public and suitable for all ages. Scouts from all communities are encouraged to participate. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside the museum. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call (225)336-2422 Ext. 200.

Jun
15
Sat
Tricks of the Trade Family Workshop @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a family workshop on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 AM- Noon on Tricks of the Trade. Come for an introduction to blacksmithing, woodworking and metalworking where participants will see demonstrations at the forge inside the West Baton Rouge Museum’s blacksmith shop, learn how to use antique hand tools, and participate in hands-on activities.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the Prepared for Life: Scouting in West Baton Rouge exhibit which tells the stories of the boys who learned valuable life skills and made lasting friendships in the Boy Scout troops of West Baton Rouge. The exhibit will also explore the contributions of local Girl Scouts and the programs that they participated in. The museum will offer interactive programs in conjunction with the exhibit throughout the summer.

Sign up for this fun family event suitable for Scouters and the general public by calling (225)336-2422 Ext. 200. This program is free and open to the public. Scouts from all communities are encouraged to participate. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com .

Jun
16
Sun
Cajun French Music Association- Jam Session @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If you are interested in traditional Cajun and French music, put the 3rd Sundays of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm on your calendar! The West Baton Rouge Museum will be hosting Cajun Jam Sessions sponsored by the Baton Rouge CFMA Chapter. Each month, a different artist will lead a group of interested musicians from throughout the area. So- get out your instrument and join in!

The West Baton Rouge Museum is the new, permanent host for this musical event. A space will be set up in the Brick Gallery for musicians, spectators, and even dancers! The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. It is a free event and we encourage anyone who is interested to check it out!

****Please note that because of Father’s Day, the June Jam Session will be moved to the next week, June 23.

 

 

 

Jun
17
Mon
Blast from the Past: Summer History Camp @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jun 17 – Jun 21 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum is preparing for blast off at its twenty-fourth annual “Blast
from the Past” summer history camp series. Registration is open for campers ages 6 – 12.

Museum staff and visiting artists and other special guests such as scientists and historical characters will
take campers to the moon and back through a series of fun and creative hands on activities including
games, crafts, experiments, storytelling, and a field trip. Campers will explore man’s desire for flight by
learning about lofty topics like da Vinci’s flying machine invention, kites, hot air balloons, the Wright
Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and the Tuskegee Airmen. Next, they will soar into space to imagine what it
was like when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon fifty years ago. After one small step
for man and one giant leap for mankind, campers will land back on planet Earth in the year 1969 to
enjoy pop culture of the period including toys, music and fashion.

Two one week sessions are available to choose from. Blast from the Past will be offered from June 17 –
21 and again, June 24 -28. Camper drop off is from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and pick up is from 3:00 – 3:30
p.m. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided daily. Space is limited.
Advanced, paid registration is required, and reservations are taken on a first come, first paid basis. The
admission fee for camp is $125 for WBR Parish residents and/or members of the WBR Historical
Association and $150 for all other participants. For more information or for an application form, please
visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call 225-336-2422 Ext. 200.