Celebrate the Centennial with a Walking Tour of Historic Port Allen
Sunday, October 9th at 10:45 am, Free
Take a stroll and take in the history of our hometown. On Sunday, October 9,
West Baton Rouge Museum will present a guided walking tour of historic Port Allen as part of the city’s Centennial Celebration led by Port Allen local, Doug Wilkinson. This program is FREE and open to everyone. Anyone interested in participating should meet at 10:45 a.m
. (15 minutes prior to tour time) in front of Jack's Place located on Court Street. The tour will be a pleasant walk on Court Street, N. Jefferson Ave, and the levee top. Once assembled, the tour group will begin the tour near the Old Ferry Landing and conclude at the West Baton Rouge Museum. Storyteller, Doug Wilkinson will keep roving participants entertained as he shares history along the way about the Old Ferry Landing, and surrounding areas including the speakeasy on Court Street, North Jefferson Avenue’s start as a major “Palm to Pine” highway, and the story behind several historic buildings, hallowed ground, art and architecture that dot the path.
Lunchtime Lecture and Book Signing:
The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of the Tiger Marching Band
Thursday, October 13th at Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Lunchtime Lecture and Book Signing on Thursday, October 13 at Noon
welcoming Faye Phillips, the co-author of The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of the Tiger Marching Band
recently published by LSU Press.
Anyone with a love for the Tiger Band or football season in south Louisiana will enjoy hearing about the history of LSU’s world renowned marching band that began well over a century ago when two cadets of the Ole War Skule decided to create a brass band for their university, beginning an enduring tradition. Phillips will share the story of the Golden Band from Tigerland that has entertained millions of fans from its military beginnings through the directorships of Castro Carazo, William F. Swor and Frank B. Wickes to the first female drum major, Kristie Smith. Following the lecture, Phillips will be on hand to sign copies of this book that celebrates the spirit and tradition of the Tiger Band with 150 stunning photographs and text.
Prior to her retirement in 2012, Phillips served as associate dean of libraries for special collections at LSU and worked as an archivist at the United States Senate, the National Archives and Records Administration, and many other institutions. In addition to co-authoring The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of the Tiger Marching Band,
she is co-author with Lucy Landry of Abiding Families and Neighbors, A Story of Community: The Herbert House of Brusly
, 2014. She is also the General Editor of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s The History of West Baton Rouge Parish: People, Places, Progress,
2012. Most of her other local history books focus on East Baton Rouge Parish. Faye is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Georgia State University.
Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture Series:
John Anderson: “Shearwater Pottery and Walter Anderson Art: The History of a Dream”
Sunday, October 30th at 3:00pm, Free
John Anderson, son of famed artist Walter Anderson and Anderson family curator, will discuss “Shearwater Pottery and Walter Anderson Art: The History of a Dream” at the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen.
The youngest child of Walter and Agnes Anderson, John Anderson grew up in the artistic retreat at Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, MS. For the past several years he has been the curator or co-curator for twelve exhibits of his father’s art. Additionally, he has written about him extensively, and participated in the production of several films on the subject. John Anderson also served as first president of the Board of Directors for the group that built The Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
The Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture is free and open to the public. Following the program, refreshments will be served.
Side by Side: A Look at the Great Depression and the Great Recession
Wednesday, October 26th at Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Lunchtime Lecture on Wednesday, October 26 at Noon
to accompany the current traveling exhibit, "Dorothea Lange’s America” displaying the work of the acclaimed documentary photographer who traveled across America during the 1930s capturing images of the many faces of the Great Depression.
The museum welcomes Claire Loup, a Senior Economic and Financial Education Specialist from the Public Affairs Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch who will present Side by Side: A look at the Great Depression and the Great Recession.
This presentation takes an economic look at these historic events to draw parallels and differences between the Great Depression and America’s recent economic crisis and what led to each as well as the response. Claire Loup is an engaging educator who travels across the southeast and who is dedicated to enhancing the economic and financial literacy of the public and students across the southeastern United States.
The exhibit, "Dorothea Lange’s America,” is on display through October 30, 2016 at the West Baton Rouge Museum. The exhibit features the iconic photographs, which are part of the photography program connected to the Farm Security Administration, a federal agency formed under the New Deal to assist poor farmers with loans and other social and economic-uplift programs. Lange and her fellow FSA photographers recorded the lives of people coping with the Dust Bowl, bank and business failures, and the loss of their jobs and homes.
|Annual Halloween Tricks and Treats Event
Friday, October 21st starting at 5:30pm, Free
On Friday, October 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m
., the West Baton Rouge Parish Library, the West Baton Rouge Museum, and the West Baton Rouge Department of Parks and Recreation will host an evening of FREE “Trick and Treat” fun for both the young and the young at heart. Costumes are welcome but not required for this annual event featuring trick or treating at the historic houses on the museum grounds, vintage party games, live music, a magic show at the Community Center, and more!
From 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.,
stroll through walkways of the West Baton Rouge Museum visiting historic houses along the way in search of sweet treats. The path is filled with great adventure including encounters with costumed furry friends from Tiger H.A.T.S., the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Human Animal Therapy Service. These calm and friendly dogs are looking forward to meeting you and receiving lots of your gentle pats. The path winding through the grounds also leads to activities such as craft making and robot building with the library staff in the barn. Keep on walking under the moonlight to find a Mad Scientist’s laboratory, a hay maze, and games galore. Then let your ear lead the way to hear enchanting music performed live by the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society of Baton Rouge in the Museum’s courtyard and the WBR Alumnae Jazz Big Band in front of the Arbroth Plantation Store.
When the clock strikes 7 p.m.,
the Chris Miller Magic Show begins! Everyone should be seated at the Port Allen Community Center for the start of the most astounding, entertaining, and unforgettable magic show in all of Louisiana. This renowned magician’s reputation for amazing audiences with his illusions is no trick and should not be missed.
The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. The Port Allen Community Center is located next door at 749 North Jefferson Avenue.
Many tricks and treats are in store. To learn more, visit http://www.wbrpl.com/
or call Judy Boyce at the library, 342-7920, Ext. 227 or Jeannie Luckett at the Museum, 336-2422, Ext. 14.
A Big Thank You to Everyone Who Came Out for SugarFest!
Consignor of the Month - Michelle Rowland
creates Louisiana inspired jewelry pieces using beads, charms and pearls. Her whimsical crawfish, crab and alligator earrings as well as her purple and gold tassel and tiger paw print items reflect her deep attachment to South Louisiana culture and heritage. The Museum Store carries a range of Michelle’s handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings that echo Michelle’s vivacious personality. Her fleur de lis creations, in a variety of colors and styles, have wide appeal and are reasonably priced. Her items are the perfect gift for the Louisiana fan in your circle of friends.
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 Michelle or any of our other talented consignors, call 336-2422 ext. 19 or email Gwenn at email@example.com