Saturday, April 13th, 2024

10:30AM - 12:00PM

Port Allen- Explorations in Genealogy is pleased to welcome Brian Costello who will speak on The Jewish Communities of Pointe Coupee Parish. This presentation will be held at the West Baton Rouge Museum on Saturday, April 13th, 2024.

Join us as Brian Costello shares information from his latest book cowritten with Carol Mills-Nichol and Teri Downs Tillman, Dry Goods, Cotton and Cane: 250 Years of Jewish Life, Business and Agriculture in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. With a record of permanent settlement since since the 1720's, Pointe Coupee Parish is one of the oldest communities in the Mississippi River Valley. Creole in culture, owing to the predominance of its French, African, and blended ethnicities, the parish, however, owes much to its Jewish families, who once numbered in the hundreds and whose presence dated from the 1760's.

Brian Costello, and 11th generation resident of Pointe Coupee Parish and a Louisiana State University alumnus, is the founding Historian and Genealogist of the Pointe Coupee Parish Library Historic Materials Collection, and the author of nineteen books and co-author of eight books in Louisiana, European, and spiritual studies. he has participated in nationally and internationally televised documentaries in his areas of intrest. Active in local, national and international humanitarian endeavors, he is a Tertiary (lay brother) of the Order of Mercy (Mercedarians) and has to date been honored with five European knighthoods. 

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West Baton Rouge Museum
845 N. Jefferson Avenue
70767 Port Allen , LA