The 4th Annual Memorial In May Cemetery Preservation Conference of the Preservation of African American Cemeteries (PAAC, Inc.) will be held April 30 – May 1, 2010 on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Monticello in the Gibson University Center Capitol Room.
Enclosed is the registration form and schedule of the two day conference. We invite all persons interested in the restoration, documentation and preservation of your area cemeteries to please attend. If you have already met this task, we ask that you attend and share your experiences with those in attendance. Please circulate this registration form to your many social and civic organizations, churches, libraries and community groups.
Special Features of the Conference include the Awards Luncheon where distinguished individuals who have fought the battle to maintain, reclaim and preserve Arkansas Cemeteries will be honored. The Premier of the AETN documentary “Silent Storytellers” featuring PAAC and the PAAC Junior Preservation Society, the Bold Pilgrim Cemetery Documentary and Authors Janis Kearney and Ernest “Tex” Sims.
Thank you so much for your support.
Kathy Davis, MILS
Access Services and Reference Librarian
University of Arkansas-Monticello Library
PO Box 3599
Monticello, AR 71656
Celebrating a Century of Opportunity
West Bank Genealogy group
Gen. Research Soc. of New Orleans
Monday March 15, 2010
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
(The next reminder for this event will be sent in 3 days, 3 minutes.)
Location: Whitney Bank meeting room, 1441 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA
WHITNEY NATIONAL BANK
1441 METAIRIE RD.
The speaker will be Susan Tucker. Her topic is the United States Mint. This should be an informative meeting as the Mint is now open after renovations due to Katrina.
Remember that the parking lot is at the rear of the bank and is amply lighted. It can be entered from Codifer Blvd. We hope the weather will cooperate and you will be able to attend this meeting without having to wear heavy winter coats!!
“…Race, Sex, and Social Order in Early New Orleans By Jennifer M. Spear (2009) and this paper can be found in The William and Mary Quarterly. …”
Legislating Sex in French Louisiana
Jennifer M. Spear
“In order to populate the colony [we need] to permit marriages between Frenchmen and Catholic Indian women.”
Father Henri Roulleaux de La Vente, 1714
“We forbid our White subjects of either sex from contracting marriage with Blacks. . . . [and] also forbid our said white subjects . . . from living in concubinage with slaves.”
Code Noir, 1724
ISSUED only a decade apart, these two statements—one the request of a colonial missionary, the other a decree of the state—illustrate two very different attitudes toward marriage between French colonists in Louisiana and its native inhabitants and between those colonists and their African laborers. La Vente’s statement was part of a decade long debate between secular and religious officials on both sides of the Atlantic over the propriety of permitting marriages between Indian women and French men, an issue that was never definitively settled. The Code Noir, issued in 1724 by the French metropolitan government to regulate the institution of slavery in its Louisiana colony, explicitly and expressly prohibited marital and nonmarital sexual relations between Africans, whether slave or free, and Europeans. This proscription was received by colonists with neither complaint nor praise but rather with silence.
Why did the idea of relationships between Europeans and Indians and between Europeans and Africans engender different reactions and lead to the formation of different sexual policies in French Louisiana? Why was it at least possible to have an open debate about Indian-European relationships and their place in the colonial project while African-European ones received no public contemplation? The answers to these questions demonstrate how sexuality could be used to construct and maintain boundaries between colonizer and colonized or, conversely, as the ultimate instrument of assimilation. Sexual politics—a vital concern of policy makers—were never uncontested. The struggles over métissage illuminate conflicts between secular and religious authorities and between colonial and metropolitan interests as each sought to shape the colony’s development. Métissage also reveals tensions between officials and the colonial population they sought to
govern. Influenced by demographic, economic, cultural, and imperial circumstances, authorities sought to legislate sex in attempts to further their colonial goals and to control colonial populations. As a tool of colonial policy, sex was not solely a private matter, nor one of population statistics, and least of all one of European men’s “natural” urges; rather it was intimately linked to the formation of the colonial state.1
Public debates and colonial ideologies about sex in early America are far easier to uncover than private practice. Did legal or administrative policies prohibiting relationships between particular partners mean those relationships did not take place, or were those policies prompted by the prevalence of such relationships? Does an absence of prosecutions demonstrate that laws were effective in eradicating prohibited relationships, or were local communities more tolerant than policy makers?2 It is the private nature of sexual relationships, particularly ones that were illegal or against social convention, that makes statistical evidence regarding them difficult to obtain. For colonial New Orleans and Louisiana more generally, the picture is also complicated by its reputation, well established by the early nineteenth century, as a site in which relationships between Euroamerican men and non-European women were widespread and generally accepted.
Louisiana Book News group
“Louisiana Book News for the Week of March 9, 2010
Jenny Pavlovic* watched the disaster that was Katrina from her home in Minnesota, believing that she could be of help to the rescue operation of animals headquartered at Lamar-Dixon in Gonzales. She arranged travel to Baton Rouge and found accommodations, but what she didn’t expect was to be enamored by Kate, a rescued cattle dog.
8 State Hurricane Kate: The Journey and Legacy of a Katrina Cattle Dog follows Pavlovic from her assembling sponsors in Minnesota, to the long hot days at Lamar-Dixon and her bureaucratic nightmare to “foster” Kate to their life together afterwards where Kate slowly comes out of her traumatized shell and enjoys life again. The title comes from Pavlovic’s drive back home through eight states, just ahead of Hurricane Rita.
It’s unclear where Kate came from since conflicting stories of her rescue include the 17th Street Canal and Plaquemines Parish, and equally elusive is her quality of life before the storm. But with Pavlovic’s care, Kate blossoms in Minnesota.
And yet, the mystery of Kate’s owners haunts Pavlovic, who travels back to New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish in an effort to find answers.
The experience doesn’t just teach Pavlovic the realities of disasters and its impact on animals left behind, but creates an amazing web of friendships throughout the country, people who aid her in helping raise a dog with health and emotional issues. Through this web other animals are assisted as well.
Animal lovers will cherish this first-person account of the storm, and appreciate the resources Pavlovic lists in the back. There’s even mention of Lafayette in chapter 17, when a man in Florida adopts a female blue heeler from the Roicy facility and volunteers amazingly help transport the dog across state lines.
For more information, visit http://www.8StateKate. net or watch the video at http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=l_ge2g0GDjw. The book has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Gold Medal Winner Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Award.
Pavlovic continues to search for Kate’s identity and owners.
*Jenny Pavlovic will attend the Louisiana Library Association meeting in Baton Rouge this weekend to promote her book.
Free tree seedlings will be given away at South Louisiana libraries and museums through the month of March. The trees were donated by the Arbor Day Foundation to a LA Maison, a nonprofit hurricane recovery group, to aid in replanting trees lost to the storms of the past few years. For information, visit http://www.louisianabookne ws.com/trees. html.
Nicholls State University’s annual festival of the arts, titled Jubilee, will be held in March and April at various venues in Thibodaux. The festival includes free cultural events such as guest lectures, demonstrations, crafts, film screenings, art shows, musical performances, plays and more. For information and detailed schedule, visit http://www.nicholls. edu/jubilee.
Eunice’s Big Read of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury continues with events, including a book discussion on Fahrenheit 451 by Holly Bell, assistant professor at LSU Eunice, on Tuesday, March 9, and UL professor Barry Ancelet discussing Aspects of Preserving Our French Culture — The ‘New’ Cajun Dictionary on Friday, March 12. For a complete listing of events, visit http://www.lsue.edu/ thebigread or call 550-1380.
Opelousas High School Creative Writers will perform original poems and stories written throughout the school year under the direction of Jessica Bonnem at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Casa Azul Gifts in Grand Coteau. The free event includes an open mic that’s available to all ages. This event is sponsored by The Thensted Center and Frederick L’Ecole Des Arts. For more information, call Patrice Melnik at (337) 662-1032 or casa.azul.gc@ gmail.com.
The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library will be hold its semiannual book sale that’s free and open to the public Thursday through Saturday, March 11-13, at the Main Library, 301 W. Congress St. downtown. Books cost 50 cents an inch for paperbacks, $1 an inch for hardbacks with various pricing for VHS, DVDs and books on tape and CDs. In addition, a silent auction will take place in the library’s browsing room until March 26 and the books will also be listed on the Friends’ Web site. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The sale is open to Friends members from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and memberships may be purchased at the door that evening for $5, $10 for a family. For more information on the sale or the silent auction, call 501-9209 or visit www.friendsofthelaf ayettelibrary. org.
The Friends of the Terrebonne Public Library will also host its annual book sale March 11-14 at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive in Houma. The sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 and 13, and from 2 to 5 p.m. March 14. Books sell for 75 cents per inch from March 11-13, and $3 a bag March 14. Friends members may purchase books from noon to 6 p.m. March 11 with memberships sold at the door.
Humorist Peggy Kline, author of Treating Yourself Like Royalty, will be the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Ladies Night Out Breast Center Gala, hosted by Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at Terrebonne General Medical Center, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. in Houma. For information, call (985) 873-3588.
Tulane University Writer-in-Residence Amy Hempel will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Kendall Cram Room of the Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane’s campus in New Orleans.
The Lafayette Lutheran School students will perform at noon Saturday, March 20, at Barnes & Noble, 5707 Johnston St. in Lafayette.
Jerald and Glenda Horst, author of The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Crawfish, will sign copies of their cookbook Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21 at the Annual Isleno Fiesta in St. Bernard Parish.
As part of the Second Northwest Louisiana Artists’ Triennial Competition at the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, 2911 Centenary Blvd. in Shreveport, there will be poetry readings and book signings by northwest Louisiana writers. Julie Kane, Northwestern State University professor and prize-winning author of Jazz Funeral and Rhythm & Booze, and Ashley Mace Havird, award-winning author of Dirt Eaters, will read from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 21. For information, call (318) 869-5040.
Walter Isaacson of New Orleans, former editor of Time magazine and president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, will deliver the Hubert H. Humphrey Lecture in Public Affairs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center in Baton Rouge. Isaacson’s topic will be Einstein’s Creativity: On Science and Authority. Isaacson is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography, and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. His most recent book, a collection of profiles and articles from his work as a journalist, is called American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane. Isaacson will also offer an informal discussion about journalism and public affairs at 5:30 p.m. March 22 in the Holliday Forum of LSU’s Journalism Building, moderated by Regina Lawrence, the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair & Professor of Mass Communication and Political Science. The event is open to faculty, students and the general public.
Dr. John Doucet of the Biology Department at Nicholls hosts a series of talks from the contributors to the forthcoming book Lafourche Country III from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 22, at the Ellender Memorial Library, Room 322, in Thibodaux.
Cheré Coen is the co-author of Cooking in Cajun Country and the upcoming Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets. She teaches writing at UL’s Continuing Education. Write her at chere.coen@lusfiber .net.”
Genealogy group to focus on Acadian heritage
By William Johnson • firstname.lastname@example.org • March 10, 2010
“South Louisiana’s rich Acadian heritage will be explored during Saturday’s meeting of the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical and Historical Society.
The 10 a.m. meeting at Opelousas General Health System’s South Campus, the former Doctors’ Hospital, is free and open to the public.
The forum’s guest speaker will be Brenda Comeaux Trahan, curator-director of the Acadian Memorial and Museum in St. Martinville….”
For more information, contact Perrault at 942-3332 or e-mail her at Estelle9Perrault@wmconnect.com.
This was an awesome story in The Daily Iberian
Kramer goes from gynecology to genealogy
by Patrick Flanagan
“FRANKLIN — After delivering nearly 5,000 babies during his 35-year career, Thomas Frere Kramer, MD., retired from the gynecology trade, which he replaced by taking on the task of genealogy in an effort to resurrect the secrets, skeletons and memories of his forebears.”