Copy Friday, February 6th, 2015

Lunchtime Lecture - Charity Hospitals of Louisiana
Thursday, February 26th at Noon; Free
       The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture on Thursday, February 26 at noon. The lecture takes a close look at the remarkable history of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana, which will include the story about the Charity Hospital of New Orleans. The speakers are authors Dr. Thomas Durant and Dr. Jonathan Roberts who recently published their book, History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Study of Poverty, Politics, Public Health and the Public Interest.
       Dr. Durant and Dr. Roberts will share the compelling story of the Charity Hospital System of Louisiana, a story of how poverty, politics, public health, public interest, race, gender, and class, shaped the long history of one of the most storied public healthcare systems in the state and in the nation. Over a period of more than 270 years, a total of ten charity hospitals were established in different venues of the state and evolved into one of the most celebrated public healthcare systems in the country. The lunchtime lecture is free and open to the public.

The Fading Line:  A Dance Performance to Commemorate the 1953 Bus Boycott
Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 pm
       The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a live performing arts event in partnership with the Manship Theatre as part of public programming for Black History Month. Mid City Dance Project is presenting The Fading Line: A Commemoration of the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen, in a joint project with the New Venture Theatre and the Manship Theatre. This year is the Manship’s Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Season. This moving interpretive dance piece takes the audience back to the first successful bus boycott as part of the Civil Rights Movement in 1953. Recreated through dance and costumes the dance recalls the time in our nation when in Baton Rouge Reverend T.J. Jemison, Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, organized the first bus boycott to protest against racially segregated seating on city buses. This boycott event became a model for similar protests taking off across the south including the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This special event is free and open to the public and suitable for all ages. 
Call for Judges:
Greater Baton Rouge Regional National History Day Competition 
at the West Baton Rouge Museum
       The West Baton Rouge Museum is gearing up for the fourth annual Greater Baton Rouge Regional National History Day Competition to be held Saturday, March 7, 2015. 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 2015 theme, “Leadership and Legacy 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 of two. Judges may be college students, professionals, or retirees who are interested in history and are comfortable speaking with middle and high school age students.
Anyone interested in volunteering to serve as a judge should contact Tommy McMorris at the West Baton Rouge Museum at 225-336-2422 Ext. 18 or at or can contact Louisiana state coordinator, Collin Makamson who is at the National World War II Museum at 504-528-1944 Ext. 304,
To learn more about the National History Day Contest, visit or For more information about the West Baton Rouge Museum visit

West Baton Rouge Museum Volunteer
Appreciation Coffee
Thursday, February 19th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm
We’re donning our aprons in appreciation of YOU! With special recognition for the Frank Carruth III Children’s Fund and the 2014 Museum Volunteers of the Year, Gary Hart and Jacqueline Begue

Welcome Our New Gift Shop Manager, Pam Van Buren!

The West Baton Rouge Museum will be closed Monday, February 16th and Tuesday, February 17th for the Mardi Gras holidays.

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