Saturdays: June 10th, 17th, and 24th
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Port Allen- West Baton Rouge Museum will be the host site for a new series exploring the challenges of Acacian genealogy research that will take place on three consecutive Saturdays. Participants will engage in their own family tree in a three-week interactive workshop with notable guest speakers recognized in the field of genealogy. Each session will conclude with a roundtable discussion to share stories, research challenges, and family connections discovered amongst each other through this discussion and exploration of family history.
Special guest lecturers that will be presenting as a part of this series include the following:
- Stella Caline Tanoos, member of the Board of Directors of Le'Comite, the Iberville Museum, serveral genealogical societies, and author of Lost Louisiana: The Cattle Drives of Louisiana.
- Billy Hebert is a member of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, La., L'Ordre de Bon Temps, president of the West Baton Rouge Genealogical Society, and serves on the Board of Directors of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association, the Advisory Board of the Brusly Landmark and Heritage Commission, and is a founding member of the West Baton Rouge Acadian Heritage Celebration.
- Daniel Blanchard has followed his family's Acadian Odyssey from the Acadiana, to the shores of Nova Scotia, Canada, and throughout France. He speaks fluent Louisiana French, participants in French tables, attends Acadian events throughout Louisiana including the Grand Reveil Acadien ("The Great Acadian Awakening"), the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, and the Fete-Dieu du Teche Encharistic Boat Procession. Blanchard is also an active member of the Blanchard Family Association.
This series is sponsored in part by the West Baton Rouge Genealogical Society with collaboration from the West Baton Rouge Parish Library and spearheaded by West Baton Rouge Historical Association board member, Debbie Doiron Martin.
This workshop is FREE and open to the public. However, advanced registration is encouraged by calling 225-336-2422