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Barn Demonstration Day at West Baton Rouge Museum
Sunday, June 3rd from 2 - 4 p.m., Free
Offered in conjunction with the current "Rural Engineuity" exhibit, the West Baton Rouge Museum is hosting a Barn Demonstration Day on Sunday, June 3 from 2 – 4 p.m. Come tour the exhibit inside the main museum building and then stroll down to the barn on the museum grounds for an interactive experience and to see rural ingenuity in action. 
There will be tinkering, hammering, spinning, churning, sparks flying, and more. See an antique tractor, a Ford Model A, and a collection of old tools on display. Artist in Residence, Gary Hart will be conducting blacksmithing demonstrations, Mark Monestere and the Baton Rouge Wood Workers Club will be using hand tools, and West Baton Rouge Museum staff member, Linda Collins will be inviting visitors to help her spin and weave. Folk artists, William and Theresa Blount will be churning up some tasty trivia about the patent process while making ice cream with hand cranked and later motorized ice cream freezers. There will also be butter churning and several other hands –on activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
The West Baton Rouge Museum’s Rural Engineuity exhibit celebrates farmers as the original engineers, combining simple machines such as the wheel and lever to improve productivity.  The exhibit highlights the contributions of local inventors such as Leonard Julien’s Cane Planter, Norbert Rillieux’ Multiple Effect Evaporator, and Allen Ramsey Wurtele’s Cane Harvester whose patented projects revolutionized farming practices and industry.  
This program is FREE and open to the public. 
Only One Spot Left in Our Blacksmith Apprenticeship Program
June 22nd and 23rd from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The West Baton Rouge Museum has only one space left in its new master class series with the first being a Blacksmith Apprenticeship program. Classes will be taught by Artist in Residence and professional blacksmith, Gary Hart. 
The tuition for this twelve hour course which will be held Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 from 7 a.m. – 1 $200 which includes supplies, a copy of the classic blacksmithing book The Art of Blacksmithing by Alex Bealer, and completed projects. Blacksmithing basics and blacksmithing ornamental skills will be taught. Participants will leave with basic blacksmithing knowledge and skill that can be built upon. Upon completion of the program, participants interested in continuing to hone their craft will be eligible to conduct demonstrations at the West Baton Rouge Museum by becoming blacksmithing volunteers. To register for the class, please contact Jeannie Luckett, Director of Education  at or at 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 205.
Gary Hart’s love for blacksmithing was fueled by a childhood memory from the 1950’s of a family member working with an anvil beside a barn. Later, he recalls seeing a blacksmith at work for the first time conducting demonstrations. “These events sparked a lifelong passion and interest in the tools and techniques of the trade.”  Self-taught, he learned the art and later mastered more advanced techniques by working at his own forge. Gary can often be found using irons in the fire going after it hammer and tongs to demonstrate early 20th century blacksmithing techniques at the West Baton Rouge Museum. 
Enrichment Monday: Juke Joint Exhibit Training
Monday, June 11th at 9 a.m. 
The West Baton Rouge Museum is offering monthly training on various topics each month.  Current volunteers, staffers, and community members interested in volunteering are invited to attend.  Each month will feature a different topic that highlights a particular skill or activity the museum wishes to explore. This month, we will be focusing on the guided tour narrative for the Juke Joint. Kathé Hambrick, Curator of Exhibits, will be conducting the training.
Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Museum Educator, for more details at (225) 336-2422 ext. 201 or email There is no fee for participation.
Call for a Volunteer Nurse to Help with the Blast From the Past Summer Camp
The West Baton Rouge Museum is seeking a volunteer to serve as camp nurse for one or both weeks of it's annual Blast from the Past Summer History Camp program. Camp runs the weeks of June 18 - 22 and June 25 - 29 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Do you enjoy giving words of encouragement, make little ones smile while administering cups of cool water or cute band-aids to help them heal from little boo boos or bites? Then camp is the place for you. First aid training or nursing experience is required in the event of more serious incidents.
Spots Available for Our Teachers Institute Program
July 16th and 17th
There are still a few spots available for teachers interested in participating in our Teachers Institute program. The application can be found on our website or those interested in registering can contact Museum Educator Gwenn LaViolette at (225) 336-2422 ext. 201 or email at The Institute is slated for July 16 & 17, 2018. Advanced registration is required.
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