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July  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/7/2018 • Locust Grove State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Dead of Locust Grove Cemetery, 1 - 4 p.m. Learn about the inhabitants of this historic cemetery through figures like Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of President Zachary Taylor and short lived wife of Jefferson Davis, and Eleazar Ripley – Major General and Hero of the War of 1812. There will also be a short class on gravestone rendering. For more information call 888.677-2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/7/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - First Saturday of the Month Hike, 10 a.m. Join a park historian on a trail walk to Fort Babcock discussing the infantry and artillery assault against Port Hudson. The hike is two miles and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/8/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Surrender of Port Hudson, 1 p.m - 3 p.m. A program to commemorate the July 9, 1863 surrender of the Confederate garrison, park staff and volunteers will fire a reproduction Civil War cannon and lower the park´s replica Confederate garrison flag. The program also includes period weapon demonstrations. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
July 8, 15, 22 and 29 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - An Enslaved Life Tour, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Following a guided tour of Oakley House, tour the plantation yard with a park ranger and discover life for the enslaved at Oakley Plantation. Included in the tour are outbuildings and the slave cabins. Please be aware this is a 30-minute walking tour across uneven ground. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/9/2018 to 7/22/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - History Mythbusters, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Interpretive staff will debunk several of the more common myths which are often repeated about Rosedown Plantation as they relate the truth behind these myths, and the research debunking them. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
7/14/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Bird Feeder Workshop, 1 - 4 p.m. Help provide our feathered friends with food while recycling. Participants will have an opportunity to make their own bird feeder made of empty water bottles. Help the environment in two ways at once! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
7/21/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - In Search of your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Are you fascinated by a "long-ago" ancestor who may have served in a Civil War military unit? A park staff member will assist visitors in researching Civil War ancestors and become aware of services the site provides and the research material that is available. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
7/28/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Bobbin Weaving Class, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Have you ever seen a beautiful piece of antique lace and thought to yourself ?I wish I knew how to do that!? Well now you can learn! Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 person which includes the grounds to the park but does not cover the Oakley House tour. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

August  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/4/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Hand that Heals, 1 - 4 p.m. Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the apothecary. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Taste of Tea and Thee, 1 - 4 p.m. Sample a sumptuous selection of carefully-chosen specialty teas from the Colonial and Victorian periods and discover the roots and etiquette of the afternoon tea. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/11/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Secret Lives of Butterflies, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the wonderful world of butterflies. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/11/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 2nd Saturday Hike, 10 a.m. Join a park historian on a guided tour of the battlefield areas known as Fort Babcock and Fort Desperate. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the museum. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and some drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
8/18/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - In Search of Your Civil War Ancestors, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. A park staff member will assist visitors in researching Civil War ancestors and become aware of services the site provides and the research material that is available. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
8/18/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Civil War Living History Encampment, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Take a trip into the past and into the camp of the 8th Vermont Infantry as they portray soldier life in Louisiana during the Civil War. See how soldiers lived in camp, cooked, drilled and fired their weapons. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/18/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Tiny House ... Of the Feathered Kind, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Build a bird house to be installed at the park. Materials and instructions are provided. Find out what bird will be calling the house its home and why. A great family activity. No additional fee required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/19/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - With Pen and Ink, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Participants can try their hand at pen or quill and ink writing as they discover letter writing in the early 1800s. Discover how quill pens are made and take one home. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/25/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Secret Lives of Frogs, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the world of a frog. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a butterfly craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
8/31/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The 1810 West Florida Rebellion Home School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Home school students are invited to visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Students also will see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.

September  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/1/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The 1810 West Florida Rebellion, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit the camp of a Spanish soldier, as a period-clothed ranger explains about life for colonial soldiers, the revolution, and the role of St. Francisville as the first capital. Visitors will also see what the soldiers wore, learn about their daily lives, and watch a black powder musket demonstration. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/1/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - 1st Saturday Hike, 10 a.m. Join a park historian on a guided tour of the battlefield sites known as Bennett´s Lunette and Mississippi Redoubt. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the museum. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and some drinking water is recommended. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/2/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Firepower!, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Port Hudson State Historic Site will conduct demonstrations with Civil War ear reproduction weapons. The program will start with a cannon demonstration followed by small arms; muskets, rifles, carbine, pistols. The program will conclude with the firing of the park´s 42-pounder siege cannon. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/2/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - LIfe in the Shallows, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore pond life at Audubon. Young participants take part Park Ranger led exploration to see what swims, crawls, slithers, hops, or even flies about the edges of the pond and their place in the ecosystem. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/8/2018 to 9/9/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Scout Weekend, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All scouts (Girl, Brownie, Boy, and Cub) are invited to come to the park this weekend to earn either the Port Hudson Historic Trail or the Port Hudson Nature Trail patches. Civil War small arm demonstrations will be given during the day. A Civil War campsite will be set up to allow scouts to see what camp life was like for the soldier in the 1860s. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
9/15/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Plantation Blacksmith, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The plantation blacksmith turned iron stock into everything from hooks, to hinges to repairs on farm equipment. See a demonstration of blacksmithing in the parks recreated blacksmith shop. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/16/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Laundry Day, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Have a hands-on experience in doing the laundry by hand. Participants may be surprised to discover how different laundry day was 200 years ago. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/22/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Secret Lives of Birds, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the wonderful world of birds. Learn where to find them, how they grow, what they eat, and how to help them. Take home a bird craft you make at the program. Great for younger naturalists. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/23/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - From Sheep to Shawl, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Follow the trail of early 1800s textiles from the field to the clothes and items made from them. A hands-on experience carding wool, spinning wool, dying wool and the loom in action to create the cloth. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
9/29/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - National Public Lands Celebration, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play, and learning that takes place on public lands every day. Volunteer and lend a hand in clearing and removing woody invasive species on our historic battlefield earthworks. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

October  2018

Wednesdays - Sundays • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore the past at Audubon State Historic Site during guided daily tours of Oakley House. Discover the world of John James Audubon and his time at Oakley Plantation. Travel back in time, through the three story home built in 1801, to get a glimpse of life on the plantation in the era of Jane Austen, Napoleon, Spanish West Florida, and early Louisiana statehood. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Audubon History Lab, As Requested This program provides an opportunity for schools to use the site as an outdoor teaching lab focused on subjects varying from Colonial/Federal Life, John Audubon, Slavery, and nature. We provide programs on site on request to schools to meet their academic and benchmark standards. These presentations may take the form of talks, walks, tours, or demonstrations depending on the need of the educator. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Oakley House Tours, Hourly: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily guided tour of Oakley House. The 30-45 minute tour offers history of the house and its regional and international importance in addition to its role in the life of John James Audubon. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Daily House Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Site Staff will guide visitors on a tour of the Rosedown Main House. The tour will encompass the 120 years of ownership by the Turnbull-Bowman Family, the restoration and ownership of the property by the Underwoods of Houston, and the purchase and ownership of the property by the State of Louisiana. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
As Requested • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Volunteer Program, This program provides an opportunity for residents to become involved in their history by volunteering their services to the site. Volunteering at Audubon SHS takes many forms, from living history to gardening to birding. The site will provide all training and equipment used by the volunteers. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/5/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History Day (School Day), 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. This program will present to school groups a great variety of Civil War interpretive activities. Students will travel to several different stations viewing different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
10/5/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - A Civil War School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m. Students can learn about the Civil War, as it impacted the Felicianas, through Black powder weapon demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, drilling, life of a soldier, medical and food demonstrations. The program is open to home schooled students, and public and private schools; preregistration is required. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/6/2018 to 10/7/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - The Civil War Battle at Oakley Plantation, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sun Journey back in history to October 5, 1864, during a recreation of the sights and sounds of the Civil War skirmish that took place at Oakley Plantation. Walk through the soldier camps and see living history demonstrations of soldier life. You will hear black powder weapon demonstrations of both rifle and cannons. Visitors can also get a taste of what happened after the battle, during a special nighttime tour from 7 - 7:30 p.m. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/12/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Living History Day (Home School Day), 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The program will present to school groups a greater variety of Civil War interpretive activities. Students will travel to several different stations viewing different activities and facets of Civil War soldiers and sailors. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
10/19/2018 to 10/20/2018 • Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Southern Garden Symposium, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The annual event has become well-known throughout the South for its outstanding lectures and gardening workshops, held within various historic plantation settings throughout the West Feliciana Parish community. Each lecture session will be followed by a walking tour of Rosedown´s gardens. For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
10/20/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - International Archaeology Day, 2 p.m. A park staff member will discuss the archaeology projects that has been done at the Port Hudson SHS and some of the artifacts recovered from Steadman and Rist sites along with the Native Guard battlefield site will be on display. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
10/20/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Superstitions, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. This park ranger led talk and display in the museum introduces visitors to the many superstitions and folklores found in our past. Learn ways to avoid bad luck, breaking your mothers back, or seeing the dead...or so they say ! For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/21/2018 • Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville - Dig That History, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Visitors can learn about the importance of archaeology in history. Find out the basic principles of archaeology, how archaeology and historical documents help us retell the history of slave life at Oakley Plantation. A mock dig will be held for kids. For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
10/28/2018 • Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson - Thy Soldier Brave is Sleeping, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. In conjunction with Halloween, a park staff member will give a presentation on American Civil War burial practices. This presentation and demonstration will cover the various ways both Union and Confederate soldiers were laid to rest from organized formal burials to very quick internment´s on battlefields For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.