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Lunchtime Lecture: 
Creoles in Veracruz
Wednesday, March 7th at Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host Creole historian, Mary Gehman for a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, March 7 at Noon. Ms. Gehman will present on "Creoles in Veracruz." 
Gehman’s research on free people of color in New Orleans made her curious about the hundreds of Louisiana Creoles of color who immigrated to Mexico in the mid-to-late 1800s. What happened to them? Were their descendants still there?  She is the first historian to locate their records and descendants in Mexico, primarily in the state of Veracruz. She will share her 200-page database of names from this project as well as photos and anecdotes from her various research trips south of the border. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.
Mary Gehman, a longtime resident of New Orleans, has been living in Donaldsonville, Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. She is the owner of DVille Press LLC.  She has authored two books, Women and New Orleans and The Free People of Color of New Orleans.
This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 
Lunchtime Panel Discussion and Book Signing:
Creole Cuisine
Wednesday, March 14th at Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a panel discussion and book signing on Creole Cuisine as part of our ongoing Lunchtime Lecture series on Wednesday, March 14th at Noon. The museum will welcome three panelists who will serve up some savory thoughts on the culinary and cultural topic of Creole cuisine. Guest presenters include Michaela York, Vice President of Communications for Chef John Folse & Company and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine, Dr. Zella Palmer, Director of the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture at Dillard University, and John LaFleur II, a Louisiana Creole author and a life-long gourmet. 
Panelists will have books available for purchase at a book signing following the program. The panel discussion will be moderated by West Baton Rouge Museum director, Dr. Angélique Bergeron whose research focused on the Creoles of Pointe Coupée. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Creoles du Monde exhibit. 
This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 
Lunchtime Lecture:
Liberties of Creole Women in 19th Century Louisiana
Wednesday, March 21st and Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host Creole historian, Barbara Trevigne for a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, March 21 at Noon. Madame Trevigne will present on the "Liberties of Creole Women in 19th Century Louisiana." 
Barbara Trevigne is a social worker, preservationist, performing artist, and historian. As part of her presentation, Mme Trevigne will share her extensive research on the tignon and the styles of dress of creole women in 18th and 19th century New Orleans and Louisiana. During that era, Louisiana's women of color were forced by law to wear a covering on their heads during Governor Don Estevan Miro's administration. This restriction became transformed into a fashion statement by women of colonial Louisiana.   She will also present historic documents and discuss how to follow the female lineage when researching family genealogy. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.
This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 
Book Club Discussion:
The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History
Friday, April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and May 4th and 11th at 10 am, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a 6-week book club discussion group entitled The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with Dr. Olivia Pass. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.
The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History will offer the reading public an opportunity to consider issues such as why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been navigated by writers of the Creole experience.  Texts range from the multi-generations story Cane River, by Lalita Tademy, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana’s Free People of Color, an album of Creole thought and experience, ed. Sybil Kein, Anne Rice’s novel Feast of All Saints, the historical analysis of Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization, eds. Arnold Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, and Catherine Carmier, Ernest Gaines’ first novel. This program is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required as space is limited.
Dr. Olivia Pass is currently an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University and Southern University as well as for Oshner Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs. She is also involved in planning the Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc. which sponsors literary and artistic events in the St. Francisville and Baton Rouge areas. Dr. Pass has a Ph.D. in Early American Literature. 
The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 15.
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