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Westbatonrougemuseum.com Friday, July 7th, 2017
Lunchtime Lecture - 
Footsteps in Time: France to the New World 

Wednesday, July 12th at Noon, Free
At Noon on Wednesday, July 12, the West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture, “Footsteps in Time: France to the New World” featuring genealogist and president, Breaux du Monde Association, Gayle Breaux Smith who traces the journey of her Breaux ancestors over 360 years from France, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and, of course, Louisiana where they settled in the area currently known as Breaux Bridge. Although the stories follow her Breaux ancestry, this is the story of essentially all Acadian families. 

Gayle and her husband John have traveled to France to search for Vincent Brault’s ancestral roots near LaChaussee and visited the port at LaRochelle, where he probably departed for Acadie.  They have also traveled to areas of Nova Scotia where her ancestors once lived.  South of Boston, MA, they visited areas where the Breaux family was forced into exile until her ancestor, Firmin, subsequently settled at in the area currently known as Breaux Bridge, LA.  Gayle’s talk recounts her travels tracing the “footsteps” of her Breaux ancestors.  She is passionate about sharing the stories.

This lunch time lecture program is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Lunchtime Lecture - 
Boats of the Basin: Design, Function, and Form for the Life Aquatic

Tuesday, July 18th at Noon, Free
At Noon on Tuesday, July 18, the West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture, “Boats of the Basin: Design, Function, and Form for the Life Aquatic” featuring C.E. Richard, author, filmmaker, and professor of Creative Writing and Film Studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

C.E. Richard is the Writer/ Director for "In the Mind of the Maker," a lyrical short documentary about the role of memory and imagination in the creative life an 86-year-old master boat builder, clinging to the remnants of a nearly forgotten way of life in the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp of French Louisiana.

For people to make a home in the inhospitable wilds of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisianans had to design and build a variety of boats that are especially suited to that environment and are found only in Louisiana. This presentation offers a brief consideration of some of the boats that evolved in the Basin for living, working, and playing. It will include a screening and discussion of the short film "In the Mind of the Maker," which documents the construction of a rare Creole Rowing Skiff.

This lunch time lecture program is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
"Christmas in July" Card Party -
Monday, July 31st from 10 am to 3 pm
at the West Baton Rouge Community Center 
Registration Required
“Try your luck at bridge, hand and foot canasta, Shanghai rummy, pokeno, bouree and other games at the 12th annual “Christmas in July” Card Party sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association on Monday, July 31, 2017,” invited Lorry Trotter, Card Party chairman.        

The fundraiser event includes lunch and runs from 10 am to 3 pm at the West Baton Rouge Community Center, 749 North Jefferson in Port Allen.  A donation of $30.00 per person benefits the West Baton Rouge Historical Association. 

Come and join us for a day of fun, fellowship, good food, door prizes and more!  Bring you entire group or register individually to play cards or other parlor games and celebrate “Christmas in July” with us!      

Reservations are required. Registration deadline is July 21. Call Alice LeBlanc at 
336-2422, Ext.10 to register or for additional information.
Consignors of the Month -
Greg Guirard, Melissa Bonin, and Kenny Greig
Our Water Trails of the Atchafalaya exhibit features the work of several well-known Louisiana based artists and photographers—among them Greg Guirard, Melissa Bonin, and Kenny Greig.  The Museum Store is also carrying many of these artists’ items and books.  Items like Kenny Greig’s driftwood pelicans, ducks and fish or Melissa Bonin’s hand-painted, signed silk scarves or Greg Guirard’s books including:  Inherit the Atchafalaya, Atchafalaya Autumn II, The Land of the Dead Giants, and PsychoTherapy for Cajuns are available for purchase in the Store.  So, come in, enjoy the exhibit and leave with a unique, little piece of Louisiana as a souvenir.

The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday.  Come in and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee while you shop.  For further information about Greg, Melissa or Kenny, or any of our other talented consignors, call 336-2422 ext. 19 or email Gwenn at gwenn.laviolette@gmail.com.
West Baton Rouge Museum Announces New Curators
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce the addition of two new curators. Kathe Hambrick is the museum’s new Exhibits Curator and Elizabeth Brantley is the new Curator of Collections. Ms. Hambrick and Ms. Brantley will begin their duties at the West Baton Rouge Museum in July.   

Kathe Hambrick holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Southern University of New Orleans.  Prior to joining the professional staff at the West Baton Rouge Museum, Ms. Hambrick founded the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville, where she has served as executive director since 1994. 

Elizabeth Brantley, a native of Port Allen, holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Southern University of New Orleans, where she received the Dr. Leetta Allen-Haynes Award for Academic Excellence.  She also holds a Master of Science from LSU in Human Ecology with a concentration on Historic Costumes and Textiles.  Prior to joining the professional staff at the West Baton Rouge Museum, Ms. Brantley has served as the director/curator at the Iberville Museum in Plaquemine since 2013.
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