“Generations of Struggle: Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present”
with Dr. Rachel Emanuel
October 11, 17, 24, and 31 at 12:30, Free, Advance Registration Required
The West Baton Rouge Museum has been selected as a host site for “Generations of Struggle: Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present,” a 4-week discussion program led by moderator and documentarian, Dr. Rachel Emanuel that centers on the experience of African Americans since the Civil War. This discussion program will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on the following dates: October 11, 17, 24, and 31. “Generations of Struggle” presents three critically acclaimed works which includes one film and two books that provide a continuum from the aftermath of slavery to contemporary society, posing questions about our institutions, the changes in race relations, and the enduring challenges to equality for all citizens.
• Slavery By Another Name, a documentary film that spans 1865 to 1954, and traces the development of the post-Reconstruction criminal justice system, Jim Crow, and segregation.
• A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, a novel centered on the lives of African American men in a small Louisiana town that earned Gaines a National Book Critics Circle Award.
• Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a memoir that received a 2015 National Book Award.
The discussion programs are designed as humanities-based conversations around race in Louisiana and the nation sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The LEH developed the syllabus for “Generations of Struggle” in partnership with Cheylon Woods, Assistant Professor and Archivist/Head of the Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Dr. Kara Tucina Olidge, Executive Director of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University.
The program is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is free and open to the public. However, space is limited and advanced reservations are required to insure availability of copies of the books for the program. To register, call 225-336-2422 Ext. 15.
Annual Halloween Event
hosted by the West Baton Rouge Parish Library and West Baton Rouge Museum
Friday, October 27th from 5:30 - 8:00pm, Free
The West Baton Rouge Parish Library and the West Baton Rouge Museum are promising tricks, treats and terribly fun activities and entertainment for Halloween revelers, young and old, on Friday evening, October 27, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum. Enjoy trick or treating, vintage holiday games, robotics activities, music and more! All are welcome to come in costume and are encouraged to bring goodie bags for collecting sweet treats and blankets or lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the evening’s festivities. This entire evening of events is free and open to the public.
From 5:30 – 6:55 p.m.
, enjoy vintage games, craft making, concerts in the courtyard featuring the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society and in front of the Arbroth Plantation Store featuring the Port Allen High School Alumni Band, a visit from LSU’s Tiger H.A.T.S. Dogs dressed in costume, a West Baton Rouge Parish Library Robot activity, and trick-or-treating at the historic houses on the museum’s six acre campus. The Halloween Celebration also recognizes October as Fire Prevention Month. The West Baton Rouge Fire Department will be present to demonstrate "Stop, Drop and Roll" fire safety techniques and will provide families an opportunity to practice them in its smoke house trailer.
At 7:00 p.m.
, the fun doesn’t end! Everyone is invited to have a seat under the stars for the grand finale’ featuring a live animal performance entitled “Creepy Freaky Animals and Why They Are,” presented by Zoo Zoom: The Little Zoo on Wheels.
The audience will have an opportunity for limited contact with some of the animals at the end of the show.
The Library and Museum have jointly sponsored annual Halloween festivities since 1993. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, visit the Library’s Facebook page, http://www.wbrpl.com/
or call the Library at (225)342-7920, Ext. 227, 224, or 231 and visit the museum’s website, www.westbatonrougemuseum.com
or call (225)336-2422 Ext. 15.
West Baton Rouge Historical Association Presents the Annual Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture Series Featuring C.C. Lockwood
Sunday, October 29th at 2:30pm, Free
Famed naturalist and wildlife photographer, C.C. Lockwood, will be the guest speaker for the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s annual Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture Series on Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Museum. He will discuss his work in the Atchafalaya Basin. A book signing and reception will follow his presentation.
C.C. Lockwood has lived and worked in fragile ecosystems whose preservation shapes his artistry. Through words and images, he has captured the unique sense of space in wild places as diverse as Louisiana swampland and the rugged back country of the American West. His work has earned him international acclaim as an environmental artist, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography.
Lockwood’s work continues to reflect changes and perils in the natural world. His eleventh book, Marsh Mission, is part of a years-long effort by Lockwood to bring attention to the crisis of vanishing Gulf Coast wetlands. His newest book, Louisiana Wild, The Lands Protected and Restored by The Nature Conservancy, portrays the good work this organization is doing on over 280,000 acres of land in our state. Lockwood said, “I felt like a kid in a candy store, when I started this project, for I got to visit swamps, lakes, marshes, prairies and oyster reefs from the Arkansas border to the Grand Isle wetlands.”
Lockwood’s lecture and book signing coincides with the final day of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s “Water Trails of the Atchafalaya” exhibit which features some of his work.
This lecture series is held annually in memory of Ethel Claiborne Dameron, founder of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association and West Baton Rouge Museum. This program is free and open to the public.
West Baton Rouge Museum Seeking World War I Artifacts for Upcoming Exhibit
On November 4, 2017 the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a two part exhibit, Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I and Over There: Americans Abroad in World War I. This traveling exhibit curated by the National Archives will focus on the home front efforts of Americans during the Great War as well as the 2 million Americans who served in Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces. West Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s contributions to WWI will be reflected through photographs, artifacts and personal stories found in the Historical Association’s collection. To broaden the exhibit’s local interpretation we are seeking the public’s help to loan or donate artifacts that tell home front stories as well as the military contributions of our citizens.
If you have any World War I era artifacts, please contact Curator of Collections, Elizabeth Brantley at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 12.
Enrichment Monday at the West Baton Rouge Museum
The West Baton Rouge Museum is offering monthly training on various topics on “Enrichment Mondays” the 3rd Monday of 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. The topic for this month is blacksmithing presented by professional blacksmith Gary Hart.
Sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Museum Educator, for more details at 225.336.2422 ext. 16 or email email@example.com. There is no fee for participation.