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Westbatonrougemuseum.com Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Lunchtime Discussion:
In Their Own Voices: Student Demonstrators Who Changed History 
Tuesday, March 7th at Noon, Free 
On March 7 at Noon, West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime panel discussion entitled, “In Their Own Voices: Student Demonstrators Who Changed History.” The panel discussion will be led by author and documentarian, Dr. Rachel Emanuel of the Southern University Law Center and will feature former Southern University students who were a part of the local Civil Rights Movement that changed history. Hear what several of them feel about their actions then and their desire to pass the torch to new generations of history makers.
This program is FREE and open to the public and is being offered in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863 and the March on Washington 1963.” Visitors are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the discussion.
Lunchtime Lecture:
"Allendale Plantation Slave Community"
Thursday, March 16th at Noon, Free
Dr. Julia Rose will present the history of the Allendale Quarter’s enslaved community and share some of the enslaved families’ stories and legacies and explain their connection to Solomon Northup. 
Colonel John T. Nolan established Westover Plantation in West Baton Rouge as early as the 1820’s, amassing acres of farmland and slaves who lived and labored in the cotton and sugarcane fields along the Mississippi River. By the 1850’s, William Nolan and Henry W. Allen purchased the plantation and divided it into Westover and Allendale Plantations. The fields were worked by more than 250 enslaved men and women who came primarily from Africa, Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
The lunchtime lecture has been organized to complement the exhibition, Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade 1808-1865 on loan from the Historic New Orleans Collection with support from Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Entergy, the Kabacoff Family Foundation, Find Your Park, and the West Baton Rouge Historical Association.
This program is FREE and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the discussion.
Lunchtime Lecture:
"Proofs of Purchase: Documenting Enslaved Ancestors"
Thursday, March 30th at Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture, “Proofs of Purchase: Documenting Enslaved Ancestors” at noon on Thursday, March 30, 2017. This presentation by genealogist Jari C. Honora offers a brief overview of genealogical research for African Americans in the post-Civil War period.  The talk focuses primarily on tracing enslaved ancestors back through generations of captivity, including methods for identifying the last-known slave owners during the antebellum period. 
The lunchtime lecture has been organized to complement the exhibition, Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade 1808-1865 an exhibition by the Historic New Orleans Collection in collaboration with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, presented by Entergy, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kabacoff Family Foundation, Find Your Park, and the West Baton Rouge Historical Association.
This program is FREE and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the discussion.
Film Screening:
12 Years a Slave
Sunday, March 19th at 2:30pm, Free
12 Years A Slave, Based on a true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom, this film tells the story of Solomon Northrop, a free black man from upstate New York who was abducted and sold into slavery. FREE. Rated R. Run Time, 2 hours, 14 minutes.
Director Dr. Julia Rose to Leave the West Baton Rouge Museum in the Spring
 
Dr. Julia Rose has been appointed the new Director and Curator of Homewood Museum. Rose is currently the director of the West Baton Rouge Museum and an adjunct instructor in museum studies at Louisiana State University. She will begin her new role at Johns Hopkins University on June 1st.

“Dr. Rose’s national reputation as a leader in museum education, her extensive experience in the classrooms, and her interest in tackling challenging history make her a perfect fit for Homewood Museum at this time,” said Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums.

Julia Rose has been active as an educator, curator and arts administrator for over thirty years. Her primary research interests focus on interpreting difficult histories and documenting historical enslaved plantation communities for museum interpretations. She has also published and lectured extensively. Her most recent book is Interpreting Difficult History (Rowan and Littlefield, 2016). She is the immediate past council chairman of the American Association for State and Local History.

“Homewood Museum is a remarkable space for representing key events in American history and to serve Johns Hopkins students as a laboratory to develop diverse and inclusive historical interpretations,” said Rose. “The beautiful and well-researched historic house holds exciting possibilities to expand and elevate the historical relevance of the people who lived and labored at Homewood. I look forward to the opportunity to engage the university’s students and the greater Baltimore community in programs and exhibitions at the museum.”

Rose has held curatorial positions at the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C.; the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She has served on the faculties of the Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program at Southern University at New Orleans, and since 2012 as a member of the faculty in Louisiana State University’s School of Library and Information Sciences, where she teaches Introduction to Museum Management. She holds a doctorate in education from Louisiana State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany.

About Homewood Museum
Built in 1801 by Charles Carroll Jr., son of Declaration of Independence Signer Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Homewood Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Homewood Museum is one of the nation’s best surviving examples of Federal period architecture and is renowned for its elegant proportions, extravagant details, and superb collection of American decorative arts.

Call for Judges:
Greater Baton Rouge Regional National History Day Competition
at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
 
The West Baton Rouge Museum is gearing up for the sixth annual Greater Baton Rouge Regional National History Day Competition to be held Saturday, March 25, 2017. At least 50 volunteers are needed to serve as judges. Judges interview middle and high school students who compete by entering a project which can be a research paper, a performance, a documentary, a website, or an exhibit. These projects are based on conclusions drawn from research using primary sources related to the 2017 theme, “Taking a Stand in History.” Students placing at this level will go on to compete at the state competition held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and potentially on to Nationals held in Washington, D.C. in hopes of earning cash prizes and scholarships. Judges serve on teams. Judges may be college students, professionals, or retirees who are interested in history and education, and are comfortable speaking with middle and high school age students.
Anyone interested in volunteering to serve as a judge should contact Jeannie Luckett at the West Baton Rouge Museum at 225-336-2422 Ext. 14 or at luckett@wbrmuseum.org or can contact Louisiana state coordinator, Collin Makamson at the National World War II Museum at 504-528-1944 Ext. 304,  historyday@nationalww2museum.org.
To learn more about the National History Day Contest, visit www.nhd.org or www.louisianahistoryday.org.
Registration for the Annual Teachers Institute program opens March 30th.
845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen, LA 70767 225-336-2422 Ext.15
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