Copy Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 4th from 2 - 5 pm, Free
Featuring Steve Riley of the Mamou Playboys from 3 - 4 pm
The West Baton Rouge Museum will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 4 from 2 – 5 p.m. complete with live performances, refreshments, ornament making, and more.

Special this year, visitors will enjoy an afternoon concert at the museum featuring Steve Riley of the Mamou Playboys (3-4pm) sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad and Manship Theatre. Steve Riley received a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys is a Cajun band from southern Louisiana. The band formed in 1988 and has since recorded over 10 albums. This museum holiday open-house concert is free and open to the public.

The Open House kicks off with local choirs and performers singing and performing holiday music. The museum, all decorated for the season, will be serving warm cider and gingerbread. Children will enjoy making holiday crafts, storytelling, and a visit from Papa Noel. Back by popular demand is everyone’s favorite campus wide game, “Find the Elves”!

This event is free and open to the public.
Lunchtime Lecture:
"The Strange Origins of Jim Crow"
Wednesday, December 7th at Noon, Free
Join the West Baton Rouge Museum in welcoming Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean on Wednesday, December 7 at Noon for a Lunch Time Lecture. Dr. Sheehan-Dean will explore the origins of Jim Crow, an era with roots in Louisiana from the Plessy vs. Ferguson railroad segregation case, and living with Jim Crow.

This program is offered in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, For All the World to See, organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. This exhibit examines the role that visual culture played in the civil rights movement. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and other historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

Dr. Sheehan-Dean is the Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies at Louisiana State University. He is also author of Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia, The Concise Historical Atlas of the U. S. Civil War and the editor of several books. He teaches several courses on nineteenth century U.S. History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Southern History.

This lunch time lecture program is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. 
Consignor of the Month - Jo Busse
Jo Busse grew up at Arbroth at the upper end of West Baton Rouge Parish, on the Mississippi River Road.   After discovering the visual arts of pen and ink, photography and painting, she found that color combinations fascinated her.   So with the endless possibility of colors, Jo creates the backgrounds on which she presents a fleur de lis or some other image that strikes her imagination.  Each art piece that she creates has an inner spiritual depth.  Now using her original art, she has delved into a passionate venture creating note cards and journals to “Reconnect to the Joy of the Handwritten Note.”  These packaged one of a kind note cards and journal/pen sets are perfect gifts for the writer in your family.  Come and peruse the wide selection on offer.
Jo has also created a series of Christmas cards perfect for this holiday season.  These cards will delight your friends and family with their unique style and art work.  Packaged in bundles of eight, they are reasonably priced and feature Jo’s distinctive angel, Santa, Christmas tree art or French greeting, “Joyeux Noël.”

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 Jo or any of our other talented consignors, call 336-2422 ext. 19 or email Gwenn at
The West Baton Rouge Museum will be closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th and January 2nd for the holidays. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
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