Calendar

Aug
18
Fri
Lunchtime Lecture and Film Screening –  “King Crawfish”
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to present a lunchtime lecture and film screening,” King Crawfish”, by filmmaker Conni Castille of University of Louisiana at Lafayette Friday, August 18th at noon.
“The rise of the humble mudbug from poor-man food to haute cuisine was always a curious thing to me,” explains folklorist, Conni Castille, the film’s writer and director.  In King Crawfish the Cajun spirit gets poured out on a communal table, even as the wild harvest is diminishing. At the Crawfish festival, everything Cajuns value takes to the stage – their language, their music, their food, their dance, and their crawfish. Thousands of pounds of crawfish get served up at the festival, much of it coming from their natural habitat, the Atchafalaya Basin. But, as the film traces the crustacean from festival to Basin, it finds fishermen fighting to retain their way of life in one small fishing community.
This event is free and open to the public
Sep
2
Sat
Julie Stewart Photography
Sep 2 – Dec 31 all-day
Oct
11
Wed
Generations of Struggle: Readings
Oct 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

“Generations of Struggle: Readings,” an LEH/NEH program featuring a viewing of the film Slavery by Another Name, followed by two books: A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines, and Between the World and Me, by Ta Nehisi Coates.

Oct
17
Tue
Generations of Struggle: Readings
Oct 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

“Generations of Struggle: Readings,” an LEH/NEH program featuring a viewing of the film Slavery by Another Name, followed by two books: A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines, and Between the World and Me, by Ta Nehisi Coates.

Oct
24
Tue
Generations of Struggle: Readings
Oct 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

“Generations of Struggle: Readings,” an LEH/NEH program featuring a viewing of the film Slavery by Another Name, followed by two books: A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines, and Between the World and Me, by Ta Nehisi Coates.

Oct
31
Tue
Generations of Struggle: Readings
Oct 31 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

“Generations of Struggle: Readings,” an LEH/NEH program featuring a viewing of the film Slavery by Another Name, followed by two books: A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines, and Between the World and Me, by Ta Nehisi Coates.

Nov
4
Sat
Over Here & Over There: Centennial of WWI
Nov 4 2017 – Jan 1 2018 all-day
Jan
6
Sat
Mardi Gras Indians: By J. Nash Porter
Jan 6 – Feb 25 all-day

The West Baton Rouge Museum presents a new exhibition entitled Mardi Gras Indians: By J. Nash Porter. The exhibit, which runs from January 6, 2018 through February 25, 2018, features a selection of full color photographs documenting the rich tradition of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians and second line groups.
J. Nash Porter was born in New Orleans and raised in an Uptown neighborhood surrounded by the sights and sounds of the urban streets. His career combines documentary and commercial photography, and photo-journalism. “Through the lens of my camera, I share with others the exciting tradition that I grew up with. Hopefully, I can ignite a spark of enthusiasm and bring about an awareness in other communities for the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians,” said Porter in a past interview. Formally trained at San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley, Porter owned and operated a photography studio since 1972. Although his most prolific work was with the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, his photographic exhibits encompass an amalgam of African American blues and jazz musicians, and traditional cultures of the American South, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Porter passed away in 2007 but his images continue to captivate audiences across the globe.

Jan
22
Mon
Enrichment Monday – Trip to Whitney Plantation
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The West Baton Rouge Museum is offering monthly training on various topics on “Enrichment Mondays” the 3rd Monday of each month.  Current volunteers, staffers, and community members interested in volunteering are invited to attend.  Each month will feature a different topic that highlights a particular skill or activity the museum wishes to explore. This month, we will be taking a tour of Whitney Plantation.
Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Museum Educator, for more details at 225.336.2422 ext. 16 or email gwenn.[email protected]. Also, please dress for industrial conditions–closed toe shoes, long sleeves and pants. Dresses and skirts are discouraged. The deadline for interested parties is Monday, December 11th. There is no fee for participation.
Feb
1
Thu
Créoles du Monde
Feb 1 – May 6 all-day

On February 1, 2018, the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition Créoles du Monde which explores the Créole world and culture from Africa and Europe to the Americas.   Créoles du Monde celebrates the vibrant culture of Créole people through the eyes of the historians, collectors, artists, and photographers who have captured a rich history in textiles, rare paintings and photographs.  This exhibit, which includes works from the collections of Jeremy Simien, Derrick Beard, Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Jeremiah Ariaz and Mary Gehman, will run through May 6th.

Scholars have debated the definition of Créole for over a hundred years. Depending on where you are and who you ask different answers are presented. In the United States, it refers exclusively to the people and culture of South Louisiana.  But the word has a broader meaning throughout the Americas.  Créole derives from the 17th century Portuguese word crioulo, used to refer to enslaved Africans born in the New World.  In Louisiana, the meaning was later broadened to distinguish upper class families of European descent from the English-speaking Americans moving south after the Louisiana Purchase.  World-wide, Créole has come to mean the cultures found in regions shaped by African, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Indigenous influences.  A common thread that ties all Créole cultures together is the production of sugar.