Fall History Talks at Jeanerette Museum Celebrate Water
To celebrate the arrival of the Smithsonian Exhibit, Water/Ways in Spring 2019, we are exploring the subject of water in history talks this fall. We hope you enjoy these talks and join us in the spring to view the exhibit FREE of charge!
Bayou Sara: Used to Be, 6 p.m. September 26
There's nothing there now, but in the 19th century below the St. Francisville bluff was one of the most important ports on the Mississippi River. Bayou Sara had cotton warehouses, extensive residential and commercial districts. Learn more about this history from a noted author. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Keepers of the Mound, 6 p.m. October 24
Louisiana's coast is dotted with hundreds of mounds that were built by indigenous people hundreds of years ago. Coastal erosion and subsidence is a constant threat to these sacred grounds and cultural heritage is not a renewable resource. Keepers of the Mound, is a short documentary film produced by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Following the film viewing, will be a discussion and brief talk about the Indian mounds found along Bayou Teche. This talk is part of the Water/Ways exhibit project of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities made possible through funding from the Walton Family Foundation.
Fragile Grounds, 6 p.m. November 7
Fragile Grounds discusses stories of endangered cemeteries throughout Louisiana's coastal zone and beyond. These burial places link the fragile land to the frailty of the state's threatened community structures. The discussion will highlight the state's vibrant diversity by showing its unique burial customs and traditions, while it also identifies the urgent need for ongoing documentation of cultural elements at risk. A book signing will follow the talk.
All programs are being held FREE of charge and are suitable for an adult audience.
Seating is limited and taken on a first come, first serve basis. For information on these programs only, email or call Gail at 337-380-9057.