Copy Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
West Baton Rouge Museum wins Preservation Award
from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana
     The West Baton Rouge Museum won the 39th Annual Preservation “Brick and Mortar Award” from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana for the preservation and restoration of the Arbroth Mercantile Plantation Store. The awards ceremony and banquet will be held at the City Club of Baton Rouge on July 16, 2015, Thursday, 6pm. For tickets to attend the banquet please visit The 39th annual awards program honors the outstanding projects accomplished by preservationists of Louisiana’s cultural and architectural heritage from across the state.
     The West Baton Rouge Museum has saved, preserved and restored the Arbroth Plantation Mercantile Plantation Store, in an effort that started in 2007 and has been completed over the past 8 years. The store and its entire contents were donated to the museum by Ms. Joanne Busse and family who wanted to see the store saved for perpetuity to help tell the story of Louisiana plantation life. 
     Supporters for the restoration and interpretation of the Arbroth store includes many community volunteers and: A-1 Heat and Air; Joanne Busse and Family; Cangelosi and Ward General Contractors ; Jay Dykes, Dykes Electric; Dr. Jay Edwards; Ellis Gauthier;  Jessica Golebiowski Richardson; Sid Gray; Harvey Hill; Dr. Robert Karney; Dale Langland; Louisiana Arts and Science Museum; Port Allen Rotary Club; Buddy Ragland, Coleman Partners Architects LLC; Don Robert; Dr. Matthew Reonas; Union Pacific Railroad; Jane Thomas; West Baton Rouge Historical Association; West Baton Rouge Museum Board;  and the West Baton Rouge Parish Council.

Lunchtime Lecture:
We All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War
Tuesday, July 9th at Noon, Free 
     The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture featuring Jenna Kuttruff, Ph.D. for a lunchtime lecture on Thursday, July 9th at noon. She will present a lecture entitled, “We All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War.” Mourning dress functioned to identify the mourner, show respect for the dead, elicit the sympathy of the community, match the mourner’s somber mood and serve as a barrier against unwanted intrusions on private feelings. 
     Dr. Kuttruff is the Louisiana State University Beverly Griffin Shea Alumni Professor and Head of the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising. She is involved in a long-term research project on the study of nineteenth century burial dress based on archaeological evidence from Louisiana.
Admission is free and visitors are welcome to bring bag lunches. 

Lunchtime Lecture Featuring Blues Artist Chris Thomas King
Tuesday, July 14 at 12:30 p.m. 
     The West Baton Rouge Museum is honored to host a lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, July 14 at 12:30 p.m. featuring Blues legend, Chris Thomas King, known as the King of New Orleans Blues. He is also the son of the late Bluesman, Tabby Thomas, proprietor of Baton Rouge’s iconic Tabby’s Blues Box. Chris Thomas King is a CMA, IBMA and Grammy Award winning Blues artist, actor and composer.

     This program is free and open to the public and is being offered in conjunction with the Neal Family Blues Exhibit on display through July 14. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 

United Way's Day of Caring
June 19, 2015
Thank you to the volunteers from ExxonMobil and Capital Area United Way who repaired and painted the wheelchair ramp behind the Aillet House.
Welcome to Our New Summer Interns!
Malori Bezet is a native of Plaqumine, LA. She is a junior at LSU studying mass communications. She will be helping with the museums public relations department.

Jade Spears is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. She is a Senior at LSU studying History. She will be helping with the museums education department.

West Baton Rouge Museum and West Baton Rouge Parish Library
Host Book Club
The West Baton Rouge Museum in collaboration with the West Baton Rouge Parish Library will host a book club to accompany the upcoming exhibit "Holding Out and Hanging On: Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina" that will be on display in the museum’s Brick Gallery.   The featured book is the newly released New Orleans Boom and Blackout by Brian W. Boyles, a Pittsburgh native residing in New Orleans and graduate of Tulane University.
Loan copies of New Orleans Boom and Blackout will be distributed at the West Baton Rouge Museum starting Saturday, July 18 while supplies last. Book club participants will have two opportunities to meet and discuss the book .The first will be on Tuesday, August 18 at Noon, participants are welcome to join the exhibit’s celebrated photographer, Thomas Neff for a Gallery Talk featuring photographs and stories of Katrina’s survivors gathered by Neff in the days following the storm, which he later published in his own book, Holding Out and Hanging On: Surviving Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit and stories of our nation’s greatest natural disaster make an interesting juxtaposition to Boyles’ more recent look at the recovery efforts in New Orleans. Then on Thursday evening, August 20, 7 p.m., participants are invited to take part lecture/discussion and book signing with author, Brian Boyles. Commemorative Hurricane cocktails will be served.
Anyone interested picking up a free loan copy of the book may come to the West Baton Rouge Museum as early as July 18, 2015. The book discussions, gallery talk and lecture are free and open to the public. 

The West Baton Rouge Museum will be closed Friday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th. We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday!

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