Calendar

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.

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.

Apr
6
Fri
Juke Joint Grand Opening & Volunteer Appreciation Party
Apr 6 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum is reclaiming its blues history with the grand opening of the WBRM Juke Joint. A Friday Night Fish Fry is planned for the grand opening  with a special musical tribute to our very own blues legend, Slim Harpo who is from Mulatto Bend.

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

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 5 all-day
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!