hosted by the West Baton Rouge Parish Library and West Baton Rouge Museum
Friday, October 27th from 5:30 – 8:00pm, Free
From 5:30 – 6:55 p.m., enjoy vintage games, craft making, concerts in the courtyard featuring the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society and in front of the Arbroth Plantation Store featuring the Port Allen High School Alumni Band, a visit from LSU’s Tiger H.A.T.S. Dogs dressed in costume, a West Baton Rouge Parish Library Robot activity, and trick-or-treating at the historic houses on the museum’s six acre campus. The Halloween Celebration also recognizes October as Fire Prevention Month. The West Baton Rouge Fire Department will be present to demonstrate “Stop, Drop and Roll” fire safety techniques and will provide families an opportunity to practice them in its smoke house trailer.
At 7:00 p.m., the fun doesn’t end! Everyone is invited to have a seat under the stars for the grand finale’ featuring a live animal performance entitled “Creepy Freaky Animals and Why They Are,” presented by Zoo Zoom: The Little Zoo on Wheels. The audience will have an opportunity for limited contact with some of the animals at the end of the show.
The Library and Museum have jointly sponsored annual Halloween festivities since 1993. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit the Library’s Facebook page, http://www.wbrpl.com/ or call the Library at (225)342-7920, Ext. 227, 224, or 231 and visit the museum’s website, www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call (225)336-2422 Ext. 15.
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.
Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Museum Educator, for more details at 225.336.2422 ext. 16 or email [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.
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.
Families of all ages are invited to find their way to making amazing wearable masterpieces to keep after following a scavenger hunt stocked with surprise activities through the museum’s 3-D Beads: A Mardi Gras Art Celebration and Creoles du Monde exhibits. This program is free and open to the public.
On March 3, 2018 the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Fait à la Main: The Acadian Handicraft Project. This exhibit will feature traditional Acadian handiwork such as brown cotton woven textiles, hand sewing and wood crafts created by Louisiana artisans who participated in the handicraft project. Crafts produced by modern artisans will also be featured to show how Acadian traditions are being kept alive today.
The Acadian Handicraft Project began in 1942 and was based at Louisiana State University. Its purpose was to support French language and culture in Louisiana. Field representative Louise Olivier traveled the state purchasing crafts, mostly textiles, from Acadians and marketed them for sale. The project provided a sales outlet and source of income to Acadian women who had not previously worked outside the home, as well as encouraged craftspeople to continue the traditions involved in creating these pieces. Mrs. Olivier worked with internationally known writers and magazines, providing them material about Acadian culture that would help to promote the Acadian Handicraft Project. The Acadian Handicraft Project was at the height of its popularity in 1962 when Louise Olivier passed away, but the seeds for CODOFIL, the Council for Development of French in Louisiana, were planted and the traditions of Acadian craftwork were preserved. This exhibit is based on research conducted by the LSU Textile and Costume Museum and runs through August 5, 2018.
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.