Westbatonrougemuseum.com Friday, February 5th, 2016
Family Movie Day at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Sunday, February 14th at 2:30 pm
Join the West Baton Rouge Museum for a matinee movie, Ruby Bridges: A Real American Hero on Sunday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. This film is not rated and is suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. The film run time is 90 minutes.
 
When bright six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. But guided by the love of her mother and father, Ruby's heroic struggle for a better education becomes a lesson for us all. As the movie cover states, “She went to school…and taught the nation a lesson.”
 
This program is free and open to the public. 
Lunchtime Lecture - A View from the Inside: 36 Years of Desegregation
Wednesday, February 24th at Noon
Join the West Baton Rouge Museum for a lunchtime lecture and book signing on A View from the Inside: 36 Years of Desegregation on Wednesday, February 24 at Noon presented by the author, Dr. Thomas J. Durant, Jr. This lecture will include an account of the author’s journey from a small racially segregated town in north Louisiana to a large predominately white university, where he became engaged in the racial desegregation movement, during his 36-year tenure as a professor. This latest book covers how desegregation policies, programs, and events, and the actions of African American students, faculty, and staff, shaped the course of desegregation, cultural diversity, race relations, and cultural transformation of the university.
 
Thomas J. Durant, Jr. PhD, author, entrepreneur, scholar, speaker, and community volunteer, is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University.  Other titles of his include Plantation Society and Race Relations: The Origins of Inequity, Our Roots Run Deep: History of the River Road African American Museum, and The Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Story of Poverty, Politics, Public Health, and Public Interest. He has also penned numerous scholarly journal articles. 
 
This program is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 

Welcome Samantha Arcement!
The West Baton Rouge Museum would like to welcome Samantha Arcement, our new student intern from LSU. Samantha is a senior who is majoring in history. The topic for her research project is World War I and the Louisiana home front.
Cohn High School: How We Love Thee 
Exhibition Reception
Sunday, February 28th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm 
Join the West Baton Rouge Museum on Sunday, February 28 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. for a reception in celebration of the Cohn High School: How We Love Thee exhibit commemorating the history and legacy of 20th century African American education in West Baton Rouge.  Cohn High School, in operation from 1949 – 1969, was the only high school in the parish for African American students before integration. The school building was demolished in 2014. 
 
This program is free and open to the public and anyone with any link to the school is invited to share their memories about Cohn High School.  Festivities include viewing the exhibit, enjoying refreshments, hearing the telling of reminiscent stories, a singing of the alma mater, and more heartfelt presentations. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the history of Cohn High School with generations of former faculty and students of this historic institution.
 
Consignor of the Month: Carolyn Blanchard
Mrs. Carolyn Blanchard has been associated with the West Baton Rouge Museum since 2007, the same year she received the Volunteer of the Year award. She has helped with Sugar Fest, manned the front desk during the Museum’s weekly staff meetings and been tapped for many different duties during her tenure as a volunteer. Mrs. Carolyn has been providing the Museum Store with her whimsical Kleenex holders for about three years now and just this year became one of the Store’s consignors when the Store began carrying her handmade plastic bag holders. Each bag features an appliquéd design or is created using colorful fabric with locally relevant designs. Mrs. Carolyn has been sewing since her early days; in high school, she made her own dresses. She’s been a quilter for about fourteen years and gets her inspiration from what’s around her including sometimes visiting craft shows and surfing Pinterest’s website. If you’re looking for something interesting and unique for Mardi Gras, come and visit the Store--Mrs. Carolyn’s items feature several different Mardi Gras themes.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will be closed Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9th for the Mardi Gras Holiday.
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Westbatonrougemuseum.com Friday, February 5th, 2016
Family Movie Day at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Sunday, February 14th at 2:30 pm
Join the West Baton Rouge Museum for a matinee movie, Ruby Bridges: A Real American Hero on Sunday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. This film is not rated and is suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. The film run time is 90 minutes.
 
When bright six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American student to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time. But guided by the love of her mother and father, Ruby's heroic struggle for a better education becomes a lesson for us all. As the movie cover states, “She went to school…and taught the nation a lesson.”
 
This program is free and open to the public. 
Lunchtime Lecture - A View from the Inside: 36 Years of Desegregation
Wednesday, February 24th at Noon
Join the West Baton Rouge Museum for a lunchtime lecture and book signing on A View from the Inside: 36 Years of Desegregation on Wednesday, February 24 at Noon presented by the author, Dr. Thomas J. Durant, Jr. This lecture will include an account of the author’s journey from a small racially segregated town in north Louisiana to a large predominately white university, where he became engaged in the racial desegregation movement, during his 36-year tenure as a professor. This latest book covers how desegregation policies, programs, and events, and the actions of African American students, faculty, and staff, shaped the course of desegregation, cultural diversity, race relations, and cultural transformation of the university.
 
Thomas J. Durant, Jr. PhD, author, entrepreneur, scholar, speaker, and community volunteer, is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University.  Other titles of his include Plantation Society and Race Relations: The Origins of Inequity, Our Roots Run Deep: History of the River Road African American Museum, and The Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Story of Poverty, Politics, Public Health, and Public Interest. He has also penned numerous scholarly journal articles. 
 
This program is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 

Welcome Samantha Arcement!
The West Baton Rouge Museum would like to welcome Samantha Arcement, our new student intern from LSU. Samantha is a senior who is majoring in history. The topic for her research project is World War I and the Louisiana home front.
Cohn High School: How We Love Thee 
Exhibition Reception
Sunday, February 28th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm 
Join the West Baton Rouge Museum on Sunday, February 28 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. for a reception in celebration of the Cohn High School: How We Love Thee exhibit commemorating the history and legacy of 20th century African American education in West Baton Rouge.  Cohn High School, in operation from 1949 – 1969, was the only high school in the parish for African American students before integration. The school building was demolished in 2014. 
 
This program is free and open to the public and anyone with any link to the school is invited to share their memories about Cohn High School.  Festivities include viewing the exhibit, enjoying refreshments, hearing the telling of reminiscent stories, a singing of the alma mater, and more heartfelt presentations. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the history of Cohn High School with generations of former faculty and students of this historic institution.
 
Consignor of the Month: Carolyn Blanchard
Mrs. Carolyn Blanchard has been associated with the West Baton Rouge Museum since 2007, the same year she received the Volunteer of the Year award. She has helped with Sugar Fest, manned the front desk during the Museum’s weekly staff meetings and been tapped for many different duties during her tenure as a volunteer. Mrs. Carolyn has been providing the Museum Store with her whimsical Kleenex holders for about three years now and just this year became one of the Store’s consignors when the Store began carrying her handmade plastic bag holders. Each bag features an appliquéd design or is created using colorful fabric with locally relevant designs. Mrs. Carolyn has been sewing since her early days; in high school, she made her own dresses. She’s been a quilter for about fourteen years and gets her inspiration from what’s around her including sometimes visiting craft shows and surfing Pinterest’s website. If you’re looking for something interesting and unique for Mardi Gras, come and visit the Store--Mrs. Carolyn’s items feature several different Mardi Gras themes.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will be closed Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9th for the Mardi Gras Holiday.
845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen, LA 70767 225-336-2422 Ext.15
West Baton Rouge Museum @WBRM Museum Podcast