West Baton Rouge Museum Podcast
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Listen to lectures about history, art, and culture that were given as part of the West Baton Rouge Museum's Lunchtime Lecture series.
||CleanAtchafalaya Basin: The River of Trees - Dean Wilson||Presented by Dean Wilson. Mr. Wilson is the Executive Director of Atchafalaya Basin Keeper, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the ecosystems within the Atchafalaya Basin.||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Atchafalaya River Basin, An Ecological and Personal Perspective - Dr. Brian Piazza||Presented by Dr. Brian Piazza. Dr. Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science for The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana, provides scientific support and strategic guidance for freshwater and coastal conservation and restoration projects in Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico coast and the Mississippi River basin. He has published on a number of conservation and restoration topics and is the author of a book titled The Atchafalaya River Basin – History and Ecology of an American Wetland. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Dr. Piazza applied research in aquatic systems across the Louisiana coast, particularly focused on the effects of re-connecting the Mississippi River to its coastal wetlands and restoring oyster reefs. He has developed ecological metrics to measure restoration success and has experience developing coastal policy, managing habitat restoration projects, developing monitoring protocols, and installing scientific monitoring instrumentation. One of Dr. Piazza’s current projects includes the Atchafalaya River Basin Initiative – conservation and restoration of America’s largest river swamp.||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Menacing Mississippi: A Review of Floods in West Baton Rouge Parish - Brian Costello||Presented by Brian Costello. “The Menacing Mississippi: A Review of Floods in West Baton Rouge Parish” Historian Brian Costello shares images illustrating the inundation of West Baton Rouge and adjacent parishes wrought by Mississippi River levee failures between 1780 and 1949.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFootsteps in Time: France to the New World - Gale Breaux Smith||Presented by Gale Breaux Smith. Gayle Breaux Smith, genealogist and president of the Breaux du Monde Association, traces the journey of her Breaux ancestors over 360 years from France, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and, of course, Louisiana where they settled in the area currently known as Breaux Bridge. Although the stories follow her Breaux ancestry, this is the story of essentially all Acadian families.||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMasterpieces: The Most Extraordinary Buildings Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright - Michael Miner||Presented by Michael Miner. Mr. Miner got his start in filmmaking in 1991 at the Sundance Film Festival with the short film, “Glycerine Tears” and worked for a decade on commercial projects. Since 2002, Miner has devoted his career entirely to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, documenting the master architect’s buildings in such films as “Sacred Spaces”, “A Child of the Sun”, and “Romanza”, which covers the California work of Mr. Wright. Miner’s latest film, “Masterpieces”, highlights some of the most extraordinary buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in his 70 year career.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving Room Conversation: Frank Lloyd Wright Designs - Dr. Michael Desmond||Presented by Dr. Michael Desmond. Dr. Desmond will discuss the designs of the key Frank Lloyd Wright houses from the museum’s living room provided by Denicola’s. Dr. Desmond’s research explores the community-scale work of Frank Lloyd Wright in the context of Emersonian themes in American history and the modernist interest in subject/object perception. He has published several chapters in Frank Lloyd Wright: The Living City, the catalog for the first significant traveling exhibition of Wright’s work in Europe.||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProofs of Purchase: Documenting Enslaved Ancestors - Jari Honora||Presented by Jari Honora. This presentation offers a brief overview of genealogical research for African Americans in the post-Civil War period. The talk is focused primarily on tracing enslaved ancestors back through generations of captivity, including methods for identifying the last-known slave owners of African Americans in the antebellum period. Mr. Honora is a graduate of Tulane University and has over a decade of experience in historical and genealogical research including research for the PBS series, ”Finding Your Roots” and the Georgetown Slavery Project.||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Their Own Voices: Student Demonstrators Who Changed History - Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Rachel Emanuel||Moderated by Dr. Rachel Emanuel. The panel discussion will be led by author and documentarian, Dr. Rachel Emanuel of the Southern University Law Center and will feature former Southern University students who were a part of the local Civil Rights Movement that changed history. Hear what several of them feel about their actions then and their desire to pass the torch to new generations of history makers.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking on the Tough Stuff of History: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade - Dr. Erin Greenwald||Presented by Dr. Erin Greenwald. Dr. Greenwald is the curator and historian for the Historic New Orleans Collection. She will discuss the research behind the “Purchased Lives” exhibition and the importance of grappling with the complex histories of race and slavery in the 21st century. The exhibit, “Purchased Lives,” is a traveling exhibition from the Historic New Orleans Collection with support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. From the colonial period and into statehood, slavery was a ubiquitous element of everyday life in New Orleans and Louisiana—affecting all parts of the local community, economy, and culture. The official end of the international slave trade, marked by the signing into law of An Act to Prohibit the Importation of Slaves on the second day of March 1807, dramatically altered the way slaves were bought and sold in the United States of America. In New Orleans, this meant an increase in sales of slaves brought to the city from the Upper South, and eventually the establishment of the city as a primary hub of the domestic slave trade.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Thibodaux Massacre: Racial Violence and the 1887 Sugar Cane Labor Strike - John DeSantis||Presented by John DeSantis. On November 23, 1887, white vigilantes gunned down unarmed black laborers and their families during a spree lasting more than two hours. The violence erupted due to strikes on Louisiana sugar cane plantations. Fear, rumor and white supremacist ideals clashed with an unprecedented labor action to create an epic tragedy. A future member of the U.S. House of Representatives was among the leaders of a mob that routed black men from houses and forced them to a stretch of railroad track, ordering them to run for their lives before gunning them down. According to a witness, the guns firing in the black neighborhoods sounded like a battle. Author and award-winning reporter John DeSantis uses correspondence, interviews and federal records to detail this harrowing true story. John DeSantis is the senior staff writer at the Times of Houma, Louisiana. A product of New York City, his work has previously appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications. A journalist whose criminal justice background was attained at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, he has covered social justice and race relations extensively in New York, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina and California. He is also a former city editor at the Thibodaux Daily Comet.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSouth Baton Rouge - Dr. Lori Latrice Martin and Paston Raymond A. Jetson||Presented by Dr. Lori Latrice Martin, associate professor of African American Studies at Louisiana State University and Pastor Raymond A. Jetson of Star Hill Church and CEO of MetroMorphosis. South Baton Rouge is an African American community in Baton Rouge. It served as one of the first places African Americans could receive a high school education in the state. The three mile area around historic McKinley High School was the site of the nation's first successful bus boycott. When laws restricted where African Americans could live, work, learn and play, South Baton Rouge was a refuge populated by African American restaurants, theaters, gas stations, and other businesses. The community was home to African American judges, lawyers, clergy, educators, and nurses who helped to sustain the community and other portions of the state through the end of legal segregation and beyond.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterpreting Difficult History - Dr. Julia Rose||Presented by Dr. Julia Rose, director of the West Baton Rouge Museum. Her new book, Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historical Sites (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), tackles the extraordinary challenges of interpreting histories of slavery, war, genocide and mass oppression. Difficult histories pose significant resistances and challenges for museum workers and visitors. How do we engage visitors in histories that are traumatic, controversial, and shocking? With the rise of social history since the mid-20th century, history workers and educators are grappling with how to engage students and museum visitors in histories that can be too much to bear. The new book, provides a sensitive strategy, for students, educators, museum workers and visitors to develop and teach with compelling and ethical representations about historical individuals, communities and populations who have suffered. The lecture is sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Museums.||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShearwater Pottery and Walter Anderson Art: The History of a Dream - John Anderson||Presented by John Anderson, son of famed artist Walter Anderson and Anderson family curator. The youngest child of Walter and Agnes Anderson, John Anderson grew up in the artistic retreat at Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, MS. For the past several years he has been the curator or co-curator for twelve exhibits of his father’s art. Additionally, he has written about him extensively, and participated in the production of several films on the subject. John Anderson also served as first president of the Board of Directors for the group that built The Walter Anderson Museum of Art.||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of the Tiger Marching Band - Faye Phillips||Present by Faye Phillips. Anyone with a love for the Tiger Band or football season in south Louisiana will enjoy hearing about the history of LSU’s world renowned marching band that began well over a century ago when two cadets of the Ole War Skule decided to create a brass band for their university, beginning an enduring tradition. Phillips will share the story of the Golden Band from Tigerland that has entertained millions of fans from its military beginnings through the directorships of Castro Carazo, William F. Swor and Frank B. Wickes to the first female drum major, Kristie Smith. Following the lecture, Phillips will be on hand to sign copies of this book that celebrates the spirit and tradition of the Tiger Band with 150 stunning photographs and text. Prior to her retirement in 2012, Phillips served as associate dean of libraries for special collections at LSU and worked as an archivist at the United States Senate, the National Archives and Records Administration, and many other institutions. In addition to co-authoring The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of the Tiger Marching Band, she is co-author with Lucy Landry of Abiding Families and Neighbors, A Story of Community: The Herbert House of Brusly, 2014. She is also the General Editor of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s The History of West Baton Rouge Parish: People, Places, Progress, 2012. Most of her other local history books focus on East Baton Rouge Parish. Faye is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Georgia State University.||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDorothea Lange and the Remarkable Legacy of the Farm Security Administration - Claudia Kheel||Presented by Claudia Kheel, Southern Regional Art Historian, Art Consultant for Neal Auction Company, and Adjunct Professor at Tulane and Louisiana State Universities. Ms. Kheel will discuss the importance of Lange’s Depression-era work and that of her contemporaries as well as Lange’s collaboration with the New Deal's Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange’s Depression-era work served in a real way to alleviate the suffering of the very people she chronicled: it raised public awareness of the dire need for federal assistance around the country, and helped convince Congress to provide it.||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBayou Pigeon, Louisiana, and the Spirit of the Atchafalaya - Cliff LeGrange||Presented by local historian and author Cliff LeGrange. Mr. LeGrange says “There is no better way to help preserve Atchafalaya heritage today than to look at the development of the Atchafalaya Basin’s folk life.” LeGrange explains that the spirit of the basin has thrived in the community of Bayou Pigeon since as early as 1806 when travelers explored the Oak Ridge area where there were hundreds of passenger pigeons feeding and roosting, which is how the area got its name. In this entertaining look at the rich cultural heritage of Bayou Pigeon’s history, LeGrange will share century old photographs, music, and folk stories about a region where so many Louisianan’s can trace their family roots.||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHistorical Geography of West Baton Rouge Nightlife and Bars - Dr. John McEwen||Presented by Dr. John W. McEwen. "Historical Geography of West Baton Rouge Nightlife and Bars” places the parish in a post-Prohibition context from the 1930s to the 21st Century. The talk reviews how bars are regionalized across the United States in the present and how the parish bar landscape compares to the rest of Louisiana. It takes a closer look at how the nightlife landscape of West Baton Rouge has evolved alongside a boom and bust economy and how an interstate highway bridge, built by the United States to connect the country, disconnected West Baton Rouge from its larger neighbor to the east.||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Artist, Angela Gregory: From Paris to Port Allen - Judith Bonner||Presented by Judith H. Bonner, Senior Curator and Curator of Art at the Historic New Orleans Collection. She is presently writing the foreword for Angela Gregory’s memoir, Sculpting the Future: Angela Gregory in Paris, 1925-1928, soon to be published by the University of South Carolina Press as part of the “Women's Diaries and Letters of the South Series.” Bonner is co-editor of the Art and Architecture volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published in 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press and sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. For more than twenty years Bonner compiled an annual bibliography on Art and Architecture of the South published in the Southern Quarterly by the University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught at Xavier University of Louisiana and the United States Air Force Academy. Bonner has also curated numerous exhibitions at The Historic New Orleans Collection and at the New Orleans Museum of Art.||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarking History - A.P. Tureaud, Jr. and Brenda Billips Square||Presented by A. P. Tureaud, Jr. and Brenda Billips Square of the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation. Part of the mission of the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation includes working to identify historic sites that have not been significantly recognized by the State of Louisiana and is active in advocating for preservation and or public awareness of these sites including schools as sacred spaces.||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe History of School Desegregation - Alfreda Tillman Bester||Presented by Attorney Alfreda Tillman Bester. This lecture will include reference to the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown Vs. The Board of Education, a victory for the Civil Rights Movement that overturned Plessy Vs. Ferguson deeming “separate but equal” unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration.||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA View from the Inside: 36 Years of Desegregation - Thomas Durant||Presented by author Dr. Thomas J. Durant, Jr. This lecture includes an account of the author’s journey from a small racially segregated town in north Louisiana to a large predominately white university, where he became engaged in the racial desegregation movement, during his 36-year tenure as a professor. His latest book, covers how desegregation policies, programs, and events, and the actions of African American students, faculty, and staff, shaped the course of desegregation, cultural diversity, race relations, and cultural transformation of the university.||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Portrait, The Artist, and The Patron - Claudia Kheel||Presented by Southern regional art historian and visiting professor at LSU, Claudia Kheel. Ms. Kheel discussed American and European artists including Thomas Sully, Matthew Harris Jouett, Louis Antoine Collas, Jean Joseph Vaudechamps, Jacques Amans, Adolph Rink, Jules Lion, George Harrison Hite, and George Peter Alexander Healy.||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNineteenth Century Louisiana Portraits, Photographs and Paintings - Eugene Groves||Presented by Eugene Groves. Mr. Groves explains, “Louisiana is rich in its trove of talented artists and famous patrons. Some of the finest artists in America lived or worked in Louisiana during their illustrious careers. The friction between paintings and early photographs evidenced itself in Louisiana as it did across the country, through the nineteenth century.” Mr. Groves discussed how portrait painting was impacted by the discovery and evolution of photography.||12/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanECD Lecture Series - Angela Gregory’s New State Capitol Art - Susan Hymel||Presented by art historian Susan Hymel of the Angela Gregory Art, LLC. Ms. Hymel presents a lecture about Angela Gregory and the artist’s pioneering work, and about the art of Selina Bres Gregory, Angela's mother, who influenced Angela as an artist. This special lecture includes the unveiling of the permanently installed relief portraits sculpted by Angela Gregory that were originally commissioned for the exterior of the new state capitol building in 1932. Known today as the “Faces,” Gregory chose to represent, in stone, Thomas Jefferson, John James Audubon, Judah P. Benjamin, Paul Tulane, Charles Gayarré, Judah Touro, Edward Douglass White , Edward Douglass White, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The 7 of the 8 pieces are now part of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s permanent collection.||11/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHenry Howard: Louisiana’s Architect - Dr. Jessica Dorman||Presented by Dr. Jessica Dorman. Dr. Dorman shares the history of prominent courthouses and buildings in West Baton Rouge and the local region designed by Henry Howard. This program was presented in partnership with the Historic New Orleans Collection.||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImages of America: Scotlandville - Dr. Rachel Emanuel and Dr. Charles Vincent||Presented by Dr. Rachel Emanuel and Dr. Charles Vincent. Dr. Emanuel and Dr. Vincent describe the origins, development, and heyday of the vibrant neighborhoods of Scotlandville before the community’s incorporation into Baton Rouge. Dr. Emanuel is the director of communications and development support for the Southern University Law Center and Dr. Vincent is a professor of history at Southern University.||9/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHolding Out and Hanging On: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina - Thomas Neff||Presented by Thomas Neff. Mr. Neff discusses his book "Holding Out and Hanging On: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina", a photograph book detailing the stories of people who survived Hurricane Katrina.||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThrough the Eyes of the Artists: Civil War Paintings, Prints, and Photographs - Claudia Kheel||Presented by Claudia Kheel. This talk will look at the artists who worked in Louisiana prior, during, and after the Civil War. These artists interpreted and reflected the complexities and sentiments of the times leaving behind a rich legacy of paintings, prints, and photographs.||8/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Japan: A Look Back - Gary Ethridge||Presented by Attorney Gary Ethridge. Mr. Ethridge speaks about the many individuals whose work contributed to the creation of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the complex inner workings of the two very different atomic bombs, and the story of Hiroshima survivor Shigeyoshi Morimoto.||8/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War - Dr. Jenna Kuttruff||Presented by Dr. Jenna Kuttruff. Mourning dress functioned to identify the mourner, show respect for the dead, elicit the sympathy of the community, match the mourner’s somber mood and serve as a barrier against unwanted intrusions on private feelings. Dr. Kuttruff is the Louisiana State University Beverly Griffin Shea Alumni Professor and Head of the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising. She is involved in a long-term research project on the study of nineteenth century burial dress based on archaeological evidence from Louisiana. Recorded July 9th, 2015||7/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWar Time Destruction and Post War Politics in the South, 1861-1867 - Dr. Paul Paskoff||Presented by Dr. Paul Paskoff. This talk examines the physical destructiveness of the Civil War and the effects of the conflict on the politics of the immediate postwar years in the South. As the main theater of combat, the territory of the Confederacy bore the brunt of the war’s destructive energies. Reports, passed down from generation to generation, of looting and ruin at the hands of soldiers in both armies, paint a picture of the ruin of the South’s farms and plantations and the destruction by cannon and fire of many, even most, of its cities and towns. Those accounts have considerably exaggerated the extent and significance of the war’s physical destructiveness in the South, thereby distorting the history of the conflict. The war also supposedly contributed to the transformation of southern politics during and immediately after the fighting because of many white voters’ disillusionment and alienation from the dominant planter class, whose members supposedly avoided military service. Dr. Paskoff will explain assertions to that effect are mistaken and have also helped to distort the history of the Civil War. Recorded May 7th, 2015||5/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwentieth Century Cinderellas: Women and Their Aprons - Pam Rabalais-Vinci||Presented by Pam Rabalais-Vinci of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum. Just as Cinderella wore her apron for household chores and, upon its removal, was transformed, so were 20th century American women. At the onset of the new century, work aprons were essential components of women’s protective wear. As the century progressed, the garment became increasingly prominent in female clothing decisions, paralleling popular dress and reflecting much of the American cultural experience. By mid-century, apron wardrobes had become complex, with multiple forms chosen for multiple functions. Hardly utilized by the last decades, aprons and their period of greatest importance had passed. Recorded March 25th, 2015||3/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoutheast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition - Addie Martin||Presented by Addie K. Martin, author of Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition. Southeast Louisiana food is defined mainly by its dominant Cajun culture as well as its plentiful fisheries industries. While the cuisine has been growing and changing for over 200 years, the fisheries have been evolving steadily since the late nineteenth century. Join Addie Martin as she explores the history of the Cajun people, their cuisine, and the fisheries industries as well as examining the present and future trends for each. Recorded March 19th, 2015||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharity Hospitals of Louisiana - Dr. Thomas Durant and Dr. Jonathan Roberts||Presented by Dr. Thomas Durant and Dr. Jonathan Roberts. They share the compelling story of the Charity Hospital System of Louisiana, a story of how poverty, politics, public health, public interest, race, gender, and class shaped the long history of one of the most storied public healthcare systems in the state and in the nation. Recorded January 26th, 2015||2/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLouisiana Native Guard - Emmitt Glynn||Presented by historian and award winning educator, Emmitt Glynn. The Louisiana Native Guard was a select group of free men of color in New Orleans who upon the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War initially organized to offer their support to the Confederacy as “Defenders of the Native Land”. Emmitt Glynn also spoke about education for newly freed slaves. Recorded January 21st, 2015||1/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatriots, Protesters, and Producers: Women's Lives During the WWI Era Dr. Catherine Jacquet||Presented by historian, Dr. Catherine Jacquet, an assistant professor of history and women's and gender studies at LSU. In the lecture, Dr. Jacquet will discuss the significant roles women played on the home front and in the field during the WWI era. This lecture is in affiliation with Women’s Week of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Recorded September 24th, 2014||9/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlight of Horses in World War I - Dr. Amy Cangelosi||According to an inscription at the Horse Park in Kentucky, "History was written on the back of a horse." More than eight million horses died in World War I. Ruthlessly sent into battle against mechanization they had no chance against. We will explore the how and why with Amy Cangelosi, DVM. Recorded September 12th, 2014||9/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLouisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean - Sam Irwin||Guest speaker and author, Sam Irwin tells the story—complete with recipes and tall tales—of Louisiana’s favorite crustacean: the crawfish. Sam Irwin is a freelance journalist and a writer whose works of fiction have won several prizes, and his nonfiction work appears regularly in Louisiana newspapers and regional magazines, including “Country Roads” and “The Advocate.” Recorded July 24th, 2014||7/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImpressionism in Paris Around 1900 - Dr. Katie Pfohl||Dr. Katie Pfohl, art historian and curator at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, presents Impressionism in Paris around 1900. Recorded July 17th, 2014||7/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGorham Silver in the Belle Époque - Mel Buchanan||Mel Buchanan, RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts and Design from the New Orleans Museum of Art, discusses the artistry and craft that flourished at the Gorham Manufacturing Company during the Belle Époque period, or roughly the turn-of-the-century years starting in the 1870s and ending with World War I in 1914. Recorded May 29th, 2014||5/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEarly History of Mulatto Bend in West Baton Rouge - Dr. Lee Smith||Historian Dr. Lee Smith has spent several years researching and writing about Mulatto Bend, uncovering new information about the historic free people of color community from 1763 to 1865. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Port Allen, this community includes an historic African American cemetery. Laced with acres of sugar cane fields and residential clusters, the history of Mulatto Bend harks back to the early 18th century. Recorded January 24th, 2013||1/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderwater Archeology of the Mardi Gras Shipwreck - Dr. Jack Irion||Presented by maritime archaeologist with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Dr. Jack Irion. Dr. Irion presents the underwater recovery of the remains of a shipwreck dating back to the early 1800s that was recently found in the Gulf of Mexico under 4,000 feet of water. Recorded October 24th, 2012||10/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe City and State that Steam Made: New Orleans, Louisiana And the Steamboat, 1811-1861 - Dr. Paul Paskoff||Presented by historian Dr. Paul Paskoff. Dr. Paskoff discusses the impact of the steamboat on the growth of New Orleans, in particular, and Louisiana, in general in the five decades before the Civil War. Come learn about the voyage of Robert Fulton's steamboat "New Orleans" and its arrival in New Orleans, which was in 1812! Recorded April 12th, 2012||6/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Information is awesome; format a little rough
The WBR Museum hosts regular lectures, many from visiting professors, which it records and posts. The quality of the information is very high, as the speakers have a very deep knowledge of their topics, and generally explain how they know what they know (for example, the economist/historian who explored the economic impact on the region through, among other means, records of the histories of county courthouses).
The topics are engaging as well, ranging from the impact of the steamboat on the Louisiana economy, to the history of crawfish, to a photographer who documented the effects of Katrina.
The downsides are more or less what you would imagine from this format--the sound quality is really not great, the narrative is tailored to an audience who isn't you--it's the people attending the lecture, and we're missing the visuals that are often presented with each lecture.
I'd really like to give it a 3.5 for that reason, but since I can't, I gave it a 4 to incourage anyone interested in LA history to give the podcast a try, and, for the sake of the quality of the material, to have a little patience with its drawbacks.
And thank you very much to the WBR Museum for making these lectures available to the general public--I've gleaned many surprising and enlightening piece of information from this podcast.