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Historic Magnolia Cemetery Commemorative and Heritage Education Event

The Trustees of Historic Magnolia Cemetery, an auxiliary of Preserve Louisiana, invite the public to attend the 34th Annual Commemorative Ceremony at Historic Magnolia Cemetery Saturday, August 5 at 9 a.m.  Students and families are encouraged to attend this free educational event.

In honor of the 1817-2017 Bicentennial Celebration, the yearly event will be enriched with educational displays and special guests sharing Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s history, archaeology, cultural, and architectural past.  The formal program begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Chairs, tents and water will be provided and the set-up will be in a shaded area.     

The event is planned on the anniversary date of the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge which took place on the grounds of Historic Magnolia Cemetery in 1862. Historic Magnolia Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located between Florida and Main Street.  Cars may enter at the 19th Street gate.  

Additionally, the event will feature a guest speaker, uniformed color guard, canon firings, wreath laying, musical performances and more.  B. J. Lorio, a member of the Trustees, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s new feature includes a gravesite walkthrough with signs for attendees to view the resting site of many prominent historical figures and Confederate soldiers.  At one time the brother-in-law of Abraham Lincoln was buried in the cemetery.  

Chip Landry, Chairman of the Trustees of Historic Magnolia Cemetery, invited  the Louisiana Department of Archaeology, period dress re-enactors, a special group that portrays the Federal Civil War Medical Corps, historian Robert Seale, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, historical map displays and Myrna Bergeron , local authority on “Good Mourning,” past practices revolving around death traditions.  

“The Bicentennial Year is the perfect opportunity to share our diverse history at this annual event,” Landry said.

In addition to the Trustees, BREC, and Rabenhorst Funeral Home are sponsors of this educational offering.  For further information contact Landry at or Carolyn Bennett at (225)-931-7561.

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Heritage Lecture: Finding and Losing History: Lessons Learned from Two Civil Wars

Preserve Louisiana presents Heritage Lecture on Two Civil Wars, The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex with Katherine Bentley Jeffrey at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Preserve Louisiana will host its monthly Heritage Lecture with author, Katherine Bentley Jeffrey, on Two Civil Wars, The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Two Civil Wars, The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex combines the decorated journal entries of a 13-year old midcentury schoolgirl, Celeste Repp, with a journal kept by William L. Park of the U.S. gunboat Essex during the American.  

Repp’s French compositions briefly chronicle her experience at St. Mary’s Academy with poignant meditations and descriptions from 1859 to 1861. Park’s diary immediately follows and is the first journal from the ironclad Essex to be published. It narrates his three-year experience of military engagement along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, attacks on southern towns, plantation loots, everyday circumstances of shipboard life and more. His records offer insight into the culture of the ironclad fleet and commentary by an ordinary sailor.

Jeffrey adds narratives, detailed annotation, context and biographies of both writers before and after the Civil War. She will give an account of the two remarkable personal journals and reveal the mystery of how a young southerner’s school journal found its way into the hands of a Union sailor.

Refreshments from Calandro’s Fine Wines and Spirits are served at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Heritage Lectures are sponsored in part of Watermark Baton Rouge.

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Katherine Bentley Jeffrey is a freelance editor and writer, and an independent scholar. She has published an essay related to Two Civil Wars -- specifically the use of St. Mary's Academy in Baton Rouge as a contraband facility in 1863 -- in Louisiana History 57.3 (Summer 2016):  "The History and Provenance of a (Frequently Misidentified) Baton Rouge Civil War

Lagniappe Lecture: Capitol Park & Spanish Town
10:30 am10:30

Lagniappe Lecture: Capitol Park & Spanish Town

Preserve Louisiana partners with Capital Park Museum for a Lagniappe Lecture and Neighborhood Installation

Now through June 18, walk through historic Spanish Town and discover the history and beauty of the neighborhood. If This House Could Talk is a community-based history and public installation project (originally founded by the Cambridge Historical Commission), consisting of 22 informative signs telling the unique history of featured houses throughout the neighborhood.

Then join us Saturday, June 17 at 10:30 am at the Capitol Park Museum (660 N. 4th St.) for a FREE LECTURE on the history of Spanish Town and the Capitol Park areas. Matt Isch, author of Images of America: Capitol Park and Spanish Town (Arcadia Publishing, 2016) and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne will discuss the historic neighborhood of Spanish Town, the oldest neighborhood in Baton Rouge, and the surrounding Capitol Park area.

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5:00 pm17:00

A Night in Havana

  • Old Governor's Mansion

Preserve Louisiana partnered with the Louisiana Architectural Foundation to bring you A Night in Havana at the Old Governor's Mansion. There will be a film screening of "Unfinished Spaces" and a panel discussion following the film. Cocktails will be served along with a Cuban-style buffet.

Tickets are $35 online & $40 at the door.

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6:30 pm18:30

Heritage Lecture: Each One a Unique Creation

Preserve Louisiana Heritage Lecture: Each One A Unique Creation: Hand Sewn Infants' and Childrens' Garmets in Louisiana with Pamela Rabalais-Vinci, curator of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum.

Vinci will present the unique acount of three generations of Acadian French women from one south Louisiana community who were involved in a large 20th century cottage industry and the retailers they serviced. The lecture begins with refreshments by Calandro's Fine Wines and Select Cellars at 6 p.m. and the lecture is at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Governor's Mansion, 502 North Boulevard. Free for Preserve Louisiana members; $10 for guests.

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