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December  2018

8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
What People Wore, As Requested
Clothing styles have changed a lot through the years. Some of the most distinctive came from the 1800´s. School groups will get to learn the history about the clothing and get to try on some of the clothes to see what it was like back then.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Toys and Games, As Requested
The children will be taught some of the games children played back in the 1800´s. They will learn and also get to participate in those games like: Graces, Hoop and Stick, Town Ball.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Medical Practices, As Requested
Groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800´s and Civil War. It will be a demonstration with participation from the kids.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Women In History, As Requested
Women in History will talk about and show what women accomplished through history, what they had to endure, and also talk about some of the most influential women in American history.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
12/1/2018 to 12/31/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Christmas Past
The Christmas Past exhibit provides information on the celebration of Christmas in the past and how certain modern custom associated with the holiday evolved.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Tues. - Thurs. by appt only. Fri. & Sat. 1-4 p.m.12/1/2018 to 12/22/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Christmas In A Victorian Parlor
Five decades of Christmas celebration will be depicted from the Victorian Christmas through the great depression. Decorations, customs, mood and history of each decade will be discussed.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
12/1/2018 to 12/31/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
19th Century Christmas Decoration, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Program will consist of historic, early-to-mid-19th century-style Christmas decoration of the Main House interior and exterior, including small tabletop Christmas tree decorated with appropriate 19th century-style ornaments.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
12/1/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
Come and join us around the fire as we cook food as Native Americans did thousands of years ago. A ranger-led cooking demonstration offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls and specially-dug pits to prepare their food.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
12/1/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Christmas On The Cane, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors are welcomed to tour the site, watch the morning Christmas parade, and visit with re-enactors as Fort St. Jean Baptiste celebrates Christmas on the Cane.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
12/5/2018 to 12/16/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Creole Christmas, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tour the Olivier Plantation circa 1815 and see the lovely natural Christmas decorations and learn how the holiday was celebrated by the Creoles. A temporary exhibit called "Christmas Past" will be on display in the Interpretive Center providing information on Christmas traditions and how certain customs evolved. Special demonstrations will be held. School groups are to register in advance.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
12/8/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Flying Squirrels, 1 p.m.
Learn about the southern flying squirrel by looking at its behavior, habitat, and nesting features. Visitors can build flying squirrel boxes to take home. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $10; all tools and materials provided. Only 8 boxes available for program.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/8/2018
Fairview - Riverside State Park, Madisonville
Costumed Christmas Tours, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Costumed interpreters will cover history, superstitions, myths, and legends that have influenced our Christmas celebration of today. Cookies and Wassail will be served.
For more information call 888.677.3247 toll free or 985.845.3318 locally.
12/8/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Animal and Plant Bingo, 10 a.m. - Noon
In the 18th century they called it Cavagnole, but today it´s Bingo. An animal and plant bingo spells out a fun time for children 6-10 years of age. Fee for the program is $5.00 per child.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
12/15/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Wartime Mapping, 2 p.m.
A hands-on presentation of the intricacies of map design during the Civil War. Examples will be given of period maps and examples of the process, revealing the subject of mapping as both a science and an art. Other tools of the trade, such as compasses, will be available and on display to examine and be discussed, comparing these instruments with the objects we use today for mapping, such as GPS and the development of the modern geographic information systems. There will be an opportunity for visitors to design their own maps, with paper and pencils provided by the site.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
12/15/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Atlatl Demonstration, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
A ranger will discuss tips and techniques for using these ancient hunting tools and participants will have the opportunity to test out their abilities with the atlatl. Participants will also gain an understanding of how and why these tools were used by the ancient inhabitants of the Poverty Point site.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
12/15/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Chicot Trail Guided Hike
The hike will focus on the history of the lake, the vegetation of the site, and the many animals that live in the park. Hikes typically last two hours but can be less if needed. The hike will start at the North Trailhead which is located just south of the North Landing Campground.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
12/8/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Dickens of a Christmas, 6 - 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 what´s 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.

January  2019

8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
What People Wore, As Requested
Clothing styles have changed a lot through the years. Some of the most distinctive came from the 1800´s. School groups will get to learn the history about the clothing and get to try on some of the clothes to see what it was like back then.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Toys and Games, As Requested
The children will be taught some of the games children played back in the 1800´s. They will learn and also get to participate in those games like: Graces, Hoop and Stick, Town Ball.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Lost Arts Medical Practices, As Requested
Groups will learn about the primitive medical techniques from the 1800´s and Civil War. It will be a demonstration with participation from the kids.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested8/1/2018 to 6/30/2019
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Women In History, As Requested
Women in History will talk about and show what women accomplished through history, what they had to endure, and also talk about some of the most influential women in American history.
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take a French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Students will view an introductory video to the site in French and will be led throughout the Interpretive enter which houses displays written in French. Led by French speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will then tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, upon request.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Thursdays9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Thursday´s School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Led by guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the life of an Acadian Yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of black powder weapons are typically available upon request. Pre-registration is required.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Friday; Home School Groups, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pre-registered home school groups are invited to take a tour on any Friday throughout the school year. Led by guides in period costumes, students will tour Maison Olivier. Students will then continue to the Acadian Farmstead in order to better compare plantation life to the Life of an Acadian yeoman farmer. Demonstrations on spinning, weaving, furs/hides, candle making, blacksmithing and the firing of blackpowder weapons are typically available upon request. Home school groups must register.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
Wednesdays9/1/2018 to 5/31/2019
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Living History Wednesday: En Francais, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Preregistered school and home school groups are invited to take French-immersed guided tour on Wednesday throughout the school year. Led by French-speaking guides in period appropriate costumes, students will tour the Maison Olivier and Acadian Farmstead. Tours can be catered to the fluency of the students.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
1/5/2019
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
National Bird Day Morning Hike, 9:30 a.m.
Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers, grab a set of binoculars, bring your camera and don´t forget to pick up a Port Hudson Bird list and join a park ranger on a bird watching expedition through the various habitats.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/5/2019
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
New Year Hike, 1 p.m.
A ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. Participants will meet in the museum at 1 p.m. for an introductory video; the hike can take up to two hours to complete. Participants should dress in layered, warm clothing, and appropriate footwear for a potentially chilly hike. This event is weather permitting.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/6/2019
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Firepower!, 1 p.m.
The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations with Civil War era original and reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols. This program will conclude with the firing of the park´s original 42-pounder siege cannon.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/12/2019
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Blue Bird Basics, 1 p.m.
Join us for information on how to attract nesting bluebirds, including do´s and don´ts and a nesting timetable. This is a good starting point for beginners and a refresher for long-time bluebird fans alike. Following the presentation, participants who pre-register will build a bluebird house to take home. Limit of one box per family; a $15 fee is required.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
1/12/2019
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Boys of ´61, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Re-enactment of daily life in Louisiana just prior to entering the Civil War. Re-enactors will be on hand dressed in historically accurate uniforms of 157 years ago and presenting the daily life of citizens turning into soldiers. An admission is charged.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/19/2019
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A day of open hearth cooking using the original fireplace of Oakley Plantation. See original recipe dishes cooked before your eyes and try a taste of the past !
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
1/19/2019
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Bird Walks for Beginners, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Birding is a great way to explore Port Hudson State Historic Site. Participants are encouraged to bring water, insect repellent, appropriate footwear, a notebook, some binoculars if you have some and a hat. People of all ages and skill levels are welcomed.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
1/19/2019
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Guided Battlefield Tour, 2 p.m.
This ranger-guided walk will lead guests on a in-depth tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where some of the most significant action of the battle occurred.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
1/20/2019
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Bag It with Leather, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make a draw string change pouch. All materials will be provided, and participants can take their creations home. Regular Park Fees apply.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/20/2019
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Bag It with Leather, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make a draw string change pouch. All materials will be provided, and participants can take their creations home. Regular Park Fees apply.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
1/26/2019
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earth oven cooking balls to cook their food using specially dug pit, using materials that would have been available to the local inhabitants over 3,000 years ago. F
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
1/26/2019
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 the Bayou Teche, and other regions of what is now Acadiana. Re-enactors portraying Vigilantes and Anti-Vigilantes will set up mock campsites, engage in living history reenactments, civilian and military demonstrations, and the firing of black powder weapons and cannons.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
1/26/2019
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Winter Tree Identification, 10 a.m.
Visitors will learn how to identify trees during the winter months using twigs, buds, bark and growth habit.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.