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Date:
September 16, 2021
Time:
12:00 PM
Location:

West Baton Rouge Museum

Address:
845 N. Jefferson Avenue
Port Allen, LA 70767
Cost:
Free and open to the public
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Lunchtime Lecture with Gayle Smith

Thursday, September 16, 2021

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to welcome genealogist and historian, Gayle Breaux Smith for a Lunchtime Lecture on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Noon. She will discuss the topic of Aboiteau, an example of Acadian ingenuity that helped French colonists survive and thrive in in the 17th and 18th centuries in Acadie.

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to welcome genealogist and historian, Gayle Breaux Smith for a Lunchtime Lecture on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Noon. She will discuss the topic of Aboiteau, an example of  Acadian ingenuity that helped French colonists survive and thrive in in the 17th and 18th centuries in Acadie. This talk, offered in conjunction with the exhibit, Evangeline: Evolution of an Icon, will define aboiteau, detail the construction techniques used to build the system to save their farmland, and discuss how the Acadians knew how to build it.

Gayle Breaux Smith is of Acadian descent. She grew up on sugar cane plantations. At Katy Plantation, an area just west of Franklin, Louisiana in St. Mary Parish, five generations of her family farmed sugar cane on land they did not own. Being raised on farmland, the speaker developed an interest in farming. Growing up in a rural landscape paired with seeing fields of all kinds on cross country trips in the summer led her to wonder about the crops and the economy of the regions.

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