By Gail Garcia, museum chairman (pictured right with Anna Joyce Breaux, museum founding member )
Jeanerette Museum is turning 40 this year!
During the bicentennial year of 1976, the residents of the Jeanerette community decided to find a unique and lasting way to celebrate the heritage of the United States. Members of the community including city, parish, civic and social organizations joined together to discuss the best way to celebrate.
Jeanerette Museum circa 1978
It wasn’t long before these members agreed that Jeanerette needed a museum to best preserve its history and culture and so the Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum was born and dedicated on July 4, 1976.
The museum today
In the short time that followed, the museum with donations and support from the public began giving tours to explain the history of the community and the industries that have sustained the economy of the area.
Growth has remained steady through the years and now the Jeanerette Museum offers not only tours, but history talks, traveling exhibits and a variety of programs.
Clementine Hunter Exhibit
Ready to party?
This year, at 2 p.m. on July 10, the Jeanerette Museum will celebrate 40 years of existence as members of the Jeanerette Museum Board and Friends of the Jeanerette Museum gather with the public to look back on its beginnings and look forward to its future. The celebration will feature musical entertainment by the Five O’Clock Shadows band.
Five O’Clock Shadows band
This family friendly event is held free of charge at the museum located at 500 E. Main Street, Jeanerette. Audience members are encouraged to dress cool as this will be an outdoor event. No ice chests or pets please.
For information email the museum here, visit their website or call 337-276-4408 Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.