Copy Friday, November 4th, 2016
Lunchtime Lecture : Interpreting Difficult History
November 17, 2016 at Noon, Free
Julie Rose, director of the West Baton Rouge Museum will present a lunchtime lecture, Interpreting Difficult History, on November 17, 2016 at noon at the West Baton Rouge Museum. Her new book, Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historical Sites (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), tackles the extraordinary challenges of interpreting histories of slavery, war, genocide and mass oppression. The lecture is timed with the exhibit,  “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights”.
Difficult histories pose significant resistances and challenges for museum workers and visitors. How do we engage visitors in histories that are traumatic, controversial, and shocking? With the rise of social history since the mid-20th century, history workers and educators are grappling with how to engage students and museum visitors in histories that can be too much to bear.
The new book, provides a sensitive strategy, for students, educators,  museum workers and visitors to develop and teach with compelling and ethical representations about historical individuals, communities and populations who have suffered.
The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Museums. 
Consignment Item of the Month -
Port Allen Commemorative Centennial Poster
The Port Allen Commemorative Centennial Poster is still available for purchase at the Museum Store while supplies last.  The poster conveys both the quality of life in Port Allen and its rich festival atmosphere, and notes its historical roots, with images of many of the city’s historic buildings. The importance of the Mississippi River is apparent with Old Ferry Landing Park scenes and an image of the old preacher, George West, who baptized people in the river for many years.
The poster was created by noted artist Stan Routh, under the direction of the City of Port Allen and the Centennial Committee. The poster is sure to become a collector’s item and would make the perfect Christmas gift for the history buff in your circle.  Posters are priced at $12.50 each, plus tax.
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 this item or any of our other many unique items call 336-2422 ext. 19 or email Gwenn at
The West Baton Rouge Museum will be closed Friday, November 11th for Veterans Day and will be closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holidays.
845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen, LA 70767 225-336-2422 Ext.15
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