Spring Time Events at the West Baton Rouge Museum

Port Allen Now through March 13 - Testimony of Fire: Frederick Douglass’s Connection to Louisiana Politics: Display featuring Douglass as orator, abolitionist, author, women’s suffragist, and a civil rights activist who corroborated with President Lincoln on the abolition of slavery, and black citizenship, suffrage and military service.  Now through March 13: WBR Talented Art Show: The annual show features student work from elementary through high school in the parish’s Talented Art Program. This year’s exhibit also includes West Baton Rouge high school graduates who have gone on to major or minor in art in college.  Brusly students have been working on a project entitled “Brusly Gothic” where they have created their own version of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”.   The exhibit includes two pieces that placed 3rd and 4th in the state in the Lela Christmas Card Contest.  The students that created those pieces received $500 scholarships. The students at Port Allen High are showing predominantly drawings, prints and three-dimensional architectural letters.  One senior student has designed an original line of paper dresses that are included in the exhibit.  A group of high school boys have collaborated on a design for a house.

 The exhibit reflects a partnership between the West Baton Rouge schools and the museum that has lasted for many years.  The museum takes great pride in supporting the creative talents of the parish’s aspiring young artists. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

 Calling all Quilters! : The West Baton Rouge Museum is challenging regional quilters to create quilts using select fabrics, designs, and techniques to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War for 2010.  Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, third place, and honorable mention winners. The entry fee is $8. Checks are to be made to the West Baton Rouge Historical Association. Each entry must also include a color photograph. Deadline for submission is March 9, 2011.

Visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com or call (225) 336-2422 for Rules and Registration forms.

 Hearthside Dinner Cooking Class: A series of cooking classes will be held at the West Baton Rouge Museum and Magnolia Mound Plantation.  From hoe cakes to mustard greens, participants will learn open hearth cooking techniques that date to the Civil War period.

 The first class, “In the Farmer’s Kitchen”, will be held March 23, from 9 a.m.-noon at the West Baton Rouge Museum. Instructor Gayle Smith focuses on food ways familiar to plain folk from the antebellum era. Recipes will focus on the 19th century foods prepared for the table of small farmers and families in the quarter.

 The second class, “A Spring Menu for the Big House”, will be held on April 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Magnolia Mound Plantation. Learn how to prepare fresh produce from the Magnolia Mound Plantation kitchen garden with ham, soup and bread pudding using colonial-era cooking methods. Instructors Sue Wilder, Eva Bell and Jeanne Yeager will explain reflector oven cooking and bake over techniques, as well as open hearth cooking and down hearth methods.

 The final class, “A Bountiful Table”, will be Nov. 2, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Magnolia Mound Plantation. Students learn how to prepare a turkey dinner with delicious 19th century style trimmings. Instructors will be Sue Wilder, Eva Bell and Jeanne Yeager.

 For more information on any of these classes, contact Magnolia Mound Plantation at 225-343-4955 or the West Baton Rouge Museum at (225) 336-2422 x15.

 April 12: Bus Trip: A Day in Vicksburg. Board the luxury coach bus at the West Baton Rouge Museum and spend the day immersed in history in Vicksburg, MS on the 150th anniversary date of the first shot fired of the U.S. Civil War. Trip includes lunch at the famous Walnut Hills Round Table Restaurant and tours of the Vicksburg National Military Park, Old Courthouse Museum, USS Cairo Gunboat and Military Museum, and a National Cemetery. To have a copy of the registration form mailed to you, please contact the West Baton Rouge Museum at 225-336-2422 x15 or download a copy from www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

 July 23-September 18: Cathartic Art: Remembering 9/11: The public is invited to submit original art works inspired by the events of September 11, 2001. The tenth anniversary of the tragic event in American history will be marked by the juried display of art works. Applications to submit art work can be found at www.westbatonrougemuseum.com  and are due 5/3/11.