The Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library will have research stations for the visiting public to utilize in learning about their family history or learning about genealogical research. Library staff will be on hand to answer questions about research as well as the library’s resources and programs.
There will be table top displays depicting the events leading up to the deportation of the Acadians, following their paths as they went from place to place during the decade long journey before families landed in Louisiana 250 years ago this year.
Local families with Cajun ancestry will have table top displays located in the Buccaneer Room as well featuring family information, artifacts and photography.
Learn more about the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library: www.calcasieulibrary.org/genealogy
Warren Perrin will speak about the deportation and trials of the Acadian people who were banished from their homes in Nova Scotia. Perrin is a celebrated scholar who has written books on the Acadian people, their roots and history. Perrin has been the subject of articles appearing in leading publications such as Esquire Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Canadian Bar Journal, The Smithsonian, Paris Match Magazine, Le Monde, Los Angeles Times, The Economist and The London Observer. In an article appearing in Esquire magazine in 2004, he was described as the “defender of the Cajuns.” He has served as the president of CODOFIL, is a Skills Professor at Loyola School of Law, and he has been an honored guest and speaker at many occasions commemorating the Acadian/Cajun people and their many trials and triumphs along the way.
In 1990, Perrin filed against Queen Elizabeth II The Petition For An Apology of the Acadian Deportation which resulted in the Royal Proclamation being signed in 2003 where the British Crown, for the first time, acknowledged the wrongs committed during the Acadian diaspora.
Learn more about Warren Perrin: http://www.acadianmuseum.com/biography.html
The Great Acadian Awakening Music Fest is a celebration of our history, culture, food, art and music. As a family of Acadian ancestry, we would like to invite you to have a table top display during the historical lecture by Warren Perrin, a prestigious scholar on Cajun heritage. The displays will be located in the Buccaneer Room on the 3rd floor of the Lake Charles Civic Center along with an exhibit provided by the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library.
To sign up to display your family history, click here.