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December  2019

Third Saturday of Each Month5/18/2019 to 6/20/2020
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m.
The Louisiana Dutch Oven Society promotes the opportunity for all Dutch oven cooks to gather and improve their skills through friendly Dutch Oven Gatherings. All visitors are invited to attend.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays each week7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020
Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m.
Volunteers will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks.
For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
12/1/2019 to 12/31/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
19th Century Christmas Decoration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit the plantation as itīs decorated in period Christmas decorations during December. The beautiful and authentic decor include the use of greenery throughout the home, use of fruit and nuts on mantel and tables and flowers used throughout the interior and exterior.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
12/1/2019 to 12/31/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
19th Century Christmas Decoration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit the plantation as itīs decorated in period Christmas decorations during December. The beautiful and authentic decor include the use of greenery throughout the home, use of fruit and nuts on mantel and tables and flowers used throughout the interior and exterior.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
12/1/2019 to 12/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Christmas Past, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A special exhibit, "Christmas Past", will be on display in the Interpretive Center providing information on the celebration of Christmas in the past how certain modern customs associated with the holiday evolved.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
12/4/2019 to 12/15/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Creole Christmas, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tour the Olivier Plantation Home to see the lovely natural, period appropriate Christmas decorations. Visitors will learn how the holiday was celebrated by Creole plantation owners in the mid 1800īs. Special demonstrations for pre-registered groups may include candle making, the making of corn shuck dolls, spinning/weaving and the cooking of holiday sugar wafers. School groups must register in advance.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
12/6/2019
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Colonial Christmas School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Step back into a morning in Colonial Louisiana during the holidays. Learn about Christmas traditions, hear period Christmas Carols, or take a taste of wassail while watching our many crafts people make candles, woodworking, or show how they hunted for Christmas dinner. Pre-registration required.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/7/2019
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Dickens of a Christmas, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The plantation comes to life during the holidays, as it shows off its seasonal decorations. Costumed guides accompany the visitor on a trip into the past through the candlelit Oakley House. Take a taste of whatīs cooking in the kitchen, or just enjoy the yearly Christmas dance or listen to live period music.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/7/2019
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
A ranger-led cooking demonstration which offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used heated earthen objects and specially-dug pits to prepare their food.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
12/7/2019
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Christmas on the Cane, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors will be treated to a Christmas parade and visit with Civil War re-enactors. Tours of the site will also be available.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
12/7/2019
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Christmas at the Forts, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come visit and watch the campfire cooking and hear reenactors talk about the harsh winter of Christmas 1864. Visitors between the ages of 4 and 61 are $4.00, active duty military is $2.00. All others are free including veterans and school groups. Special detailed ranger guided tours are $8.00 per person regardless of age.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
12/13/2019
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Colonial Christmas Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Step back into a morning in Colonial Louisiana during the holidays. Learn about Christmas traditions, hear period Christmas Carols, or take a taste of wassail while watching our many crafts people make candles, woodworking, or show how they hunted for Christmas dinner. Pre-registration required.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
12/14/2019
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Flying Squirrels, 1 p.m.
Visitors will learn about the southern flying squirrel by looking at its behavior, habitat, and nesting features. Activities also include building flying squirrel nesting boxes that visitors can actually take home. Pre-registration is required and the fee is $10 per box. All tools will be provided; boxes will be completed by end of program. Limited boxes are available. Call the Arboretum Nature Center at 337-363-6289 for more information and to register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/14/2019
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Christmas on the Homefront, 2 p.m.
Learn what holiday treats were popular on the homefront, North and South, during the Civil War. Period sweets such as gingerbread cookies, peppermint sticks, and molasses taffy will be available for sampling, as well as coffee. The Christmas traditions of that era and how families of soldiers in the field celebrated the holidays during war will also be discussed.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
12/14/2019
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Christmas on the Homefront, 2 p.m.
Learn what holiday treats were popular on the homefront, North and South, during the Civil War. Period sweets such as gingerbread cookies, peppermint sticks, and molasses taffy will be available for sampling, as well as coffee. The Christmas traditions of that era and how families of soldiers in the field celebrated the holidays during war will also be discussed.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
12/21/2019
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Feel the Furs, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Visitors will discover what animals may have lived at Poverty Point World Heritage Site, and what their furs feel like. Learn what features the animals would have had to help them survive in and near the bayous of the area. The program is designed for children ages 6-12 under the picnic pavilion.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.

January  2020

Third Saturday of Each Month5/18/2019 to 6/20/2020
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
Dutch Oven Cooking, 9 a.m.
The Louisiana Dutch Oven Society promotes the opportunity for all Dutch oven cooks to gather and improve their skills through friendly Dutch Oven Gatherings. All visitors are invited to attend.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
Tuesdays and Sundays each week7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020
Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
Primitive Woodworking, 1 p.m.
Volunteers will demonstrate the use of a shaving horse, froe, draw knife, hand saw and a pocket knife to make useful wooden objects such as spoons, paddles, tool handles, hiking sticks, canes and slingshot forks.
For more information call 888.677.3668 toll free or 985.624.4443 locally.
1/4/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
New Year Hike, 10 a.m.
This annual event is a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. Participants will meet in the museum for an introductory video; the hike can take up to two hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Hikers are encouraged to dress in layered, warm clothing, and wear appropriate footwear for a potentially chilly hike. This event is weather permitting. T
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/4/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
New Year Hike, 10 a.m.
This annual event is a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. Participants will meet in the museum for an introductory video; the hike can take up to two hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Hikers are encouraged to dress in layered, warm clothing, and wear appropriate footwear for a potentially chilly hike. This event is weather permitting. T
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/4/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Beginnerīs Birding , 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Join us for a morning of beginnerīs birding at Port Hudson. The walk is a beginnerīs lesson but all levels welcome. BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars). Participants will learn tips on bird vocalizations and share bird ID field marks for common winter and year-round species.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/4/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Beginnerīs Birding , 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Join us for a morning of beginnerīs birding at Port Hudson. The walk is a beginnerīs lesson but all levels welcome. BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars). Participants will learn tips on bird vocalizations and share bird ID field marks for common winter and year-round species.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/5/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Fire Power!, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of Civil War-Era weapons. Program demonstrations inclulde muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols - ending with a cannon fire.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/5/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Fire Power!, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of Civil War-Era weapons. Program demonstrations inclulde muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols - ending with a cannon fire.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/6/2020 to 1/19/2020
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Several of the more common myths associated with Rosedown Plantation will be debunked as interpretive staff relates the truth behind these myths, and the research debunking them.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
1/11/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Boys of ī61, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Civil War Reenactors will be dressed in historically accurate uniforms of 1861 and presenting the daily life of citizens turning soldiers. Visitors will be able to see and experience some aspects of life 158 years ago in the militia.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/17/2020
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
St. Denis Day Camp, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A day camp for students who spend a day with interpretive rangers learning about colonial and military autumn harvest life. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable outdoor clothing and bring water, lunch and snacks. There will be The price per student is $10. Space is limited, registration is required.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/18/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Guided Battlefield Tour, 2 p.m.
A ranger-guided program with an in-depth tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where some of the most significant action of the battle occurred. The tour will involve outdoor walking of app. 3/4 mile; appropriate footwear and clothing recommended.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
1/18/2020
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Heigh Ho Heigh Ho Its Off to Woodworking We Go, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join staff and volunteers as they demonstrate historic techniques in working with wood to form it for your needs. A lot of wood was used in the construction of the forts and you can learn how it was shaped and utilized.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
1/18/2020
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Heigh Ho Heigh Ho Its Off to Woodworking We Go, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join staff and volunteers as they demonstrate historic techniques in working with wood to form it for your needs. A lot of wood was used in the construction of the forts and you can learn how it was shaped and utilized.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
1/18/2020
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Breckenridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol, Noon - 1 p.m.
Historian, author and former Park Ranger Chip Landry will give a lunchtime educational and informative talk on former U.S. Vice President and Confederate General John C. Breckinridge. General Breckinridge commanded the Confederate forces in the August 1862 "Battle of Baton Rouge" and became the first commander of the Port Hudson garrison.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/18/2020
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate the native trees and the role of trees in our lives. Visitors will learn how to plant, prune and care for trees. Hard to find Louisiana native tree saplings will be available to participants throughout the day while supplies last.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/25/2020
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Vigilantes on the Bayou, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The program depicts a violent era in the history of South Louisiana, in which American, Creole, and Acadian landowners struggled against each other over ownership and usage of the land bordering in the Bayou Teche area. Re-enactors in mock campsites will engage in living history enactments, civilian and military demonstrations, and the firing of black powder weapons and cannons with two mock battles at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
1/25/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Artifact Identification, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors are invited to bring their found "treasures" such as arrow heads or pieces of clay pots to the site for staff to determine their authenticity and give an estimated age.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/25/2020
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Artifact Identification, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors are invited to bring their found "treasures" such as arrow heads or pieces of clay pots to the site for staff to determine their authenticity and give an estimated age.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/25/2020
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Soldier Life Living History, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Visitors will learn about the life of the average Civil War soldier in the field as the program will focus on the typical uniform, equipment, food, and shelter soldiers carried and used while on the march. A musket loading and firing demonstration will also be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
1/31/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
An interactive visit for middle school students to learn about the daily life of slaves on a Louisiana cotton plantation. Students will experience woodworking, grinding corn to meal and drawing and carrying water for every day use. Preregistration is required. The program is oriented towards a middle school curriculum. This program also offers an educational handout for teachers.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/31/2020
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Enslaved Life Home School Day, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
An interactive visit for middle school students to learn about the daily life of slaves on a Louisiana cotton plantation. Students will experience woodworking, grinding corn to meal and drawing and carrying water for every day use. Preregistration is required. The program is oriented towards a middle school curriculum. This program also offers an educational handout for teachers.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.