Copy Friday, November 7th, 2014

Manship Theatre Presents "In Flanders Field"
at the West Baton Rouge Museum
Sunday, November 9th at 12:30 pm
On Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm, the West Baton Rouge Museum will open early to host a special World War I commemorative program before the Veterans on Parade event. Mina Estrada, choreographer/dance artist from the Manship Theatre will premiere a new site-specific piece, “We Shall Not Sleep.” The performance borrows its title from In Flanders Field, a poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae during World War I. This poem that has served as part of the choreographer’s inspiration illuminates the verity of lives being lived and lost in battle, while acknowledging its sublime juxtaposition to the delicate and enduring beauty of nature.
This live performance interpreting one of the most memorable war poems ever written is FREE and open to the public. Following the performance, visitors are welcome to come inside the museum and look at the new exhibit Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting. Then feel free to stay on the museum grounds and watch the parade roll by to honor all of today’s brave men and women who have served or who are currently serving in the United States Military.
Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture Series: Meet John James Audubon
Saturday, November 15th at 2:30 pm
The public is invited by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association to Meet John James Audubon at 2:30 pm Saturday, November 15 at the West Baton Rouge Museum as part of the Ethel Claiborne Dameron speaker series. Internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, and naturalist Brian “Fox” Ellis will portray John James Audubon in a theatrical presentation that recalls the naturalist and painter’s journey to paint the birds of America. “Fox” Ellis will focus on Audubon’s time spent in Louisiana and explain to his audience how Audubon was part of the naturalist movement to capture the splendor and beauty of the nations’ natural landscapes. This program is FREE of charge and is open to the public.
Let’s Go Birding with John James Audubon
at Audubon State Historic Park in St. Francisville
Saturday, November 15th at 9:00 am
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to meet naturalist painter John James Audubon and learn about his artistic and scientific project to paint all the birds of North America? On Saturday, November 15th at 9:00 am, join Brian “Fox” Ellis as John James Audubon on a bird watching adventure as he regales listeners with his in-depth observations of the species we happen to see along the trail. Seeing these birds in their natural setting inspired the artist to fill his sketch pad with notes and drawings for his famous series of bird illustrations. This program is FREE and open to the public.
Thanks to a partnerships with the West Baton Rouge Museum and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, Louisiana State Parks at Audubon Historic State Park, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the West Baton Rouge Historical Association.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Awards Grant for The Last Segregated High School in West Baton Rouge Parish: Cohn High School 
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded the West Baton Rouge Museum a Rebirth Grant for the project The Last Segregated High School in West Baton Rouge Parish: Cohn High School. With these funds the West Baton Rouge Museum will produce an article for Louisiana Cultural Vistas, an entry in KnowLA, as well as an 8-page illustrated publication on the history and significance of Cohn High School. Based on original research and oral histories conducted by museum personnel, this publication will document an important landmark in the racial and social history of West Baton Rouge Parish.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in recognition of Veterans Day. The museum will also be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for Thanksgiving.

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