Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance

200 North Magdalen Square, Abbeville, LA 70510                            337-898-4114

Hours of operation:  Monday through Saturday - 10 A.M.  -  5 P.M.

 

Acadian Center

 

· The Acadian Centre Acadien, a member of the Alliance,  features an impressive photo and information exhibit, featuring displays of artwork and other mementos chronicling the saga of Le Grand Déranagement, the expulsion of Acadian families from Nova Scotia in 1755, many of whom settled in Louisiana.

 

· A video theater is available for educational viewing on topics such as the Acadian culture, local history and other videos related to the heritage of the Acadian people and this area. Some of films that can be viewed are:

 

Against The Tide: The Story of the Cajun People of Louisiana – Directed by Pat Mire, Produced by Zachary Richard/56 minutes

America’s Vanishing Treasure /26 minutes

Alligator Hunters – Islands of the Marsh productions

Belizare the Cajun (1986) – Directed by Glen Pitre/1:43

Bonjour, L’Histoire / L’Histore de Cadjins 1604-1999

Dudley J. LeBlanc: Cajun Renaissance Man (1996) – Directed by Michèle Jarrell LeBlanc/60 minutes  

Haunted Waters, Fragile Lands: Oh, What Tales to Tell - Directed by Glen Pitre/58 minutes

Les Cadiens de la Paroisse Vermilion – Directed by Gerard Sellers / 57 minutes

Louisiana: A History Series (PBS) Episode 1–This Affair of Louisiana, 2–The New Americans, 3–War on the Waterfront, 4–The Search for Order, 5–The Currents of Change, 6–No Story Is Ever Over

Louisiana Story (1948) – Directed by Robert J. Flaherty/78 minutes.  This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1994. Nominated  for an Academy Award. Flaherty and his crew lived in Abbeville while making this film. Marks the only occasion that film music (score by Virgil Thomson) has won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Composition.

The Blob (1988) – Directed by Chuck Russell One of the movies that was filmed in  Abbeville, Louisiana.

· Helpful internet links for more information about Acadians:

Museum of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville:
            http://www.acadianmemorial.org/english/museum.html

Acadian Genealogy:
                http://www.acadian-cajun.com/genacad1.htm

Centre acadien (Université Sainte-Anne - Collège de l'Acadie):
            http://centreacadien.usainteanne.ca/genealogie_project_eng.htm

The Acadian Museum in Erath, Louisiana:
            http://www.acadianmuseum.com/

Scholarship for Summer French Immersion Study Available

The Acadian Centre Acadien and Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance jointly announce the availability of scholarships to be awarded to Vermilion Parish high school students, for the 2007 summer French immersion study program in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Scholarships will be awarded for study at the University Sainte Anne, located in Church Point (Pointe-de-L’Eglise), Nova Scotia (Nouvelle-Ecosse), Canada. Applications are open to all Vermilion Parish resident high school students and will be for the 2007 Summer five week French immersion session, from July 1st to August 4th, 2007. The scholarship will cover tuition, books, room, board and side trips provided through the program ($2,350). Students must be at least age 15 at the time of attending the program and will be required to speak French throughout their attendance in the program. Students will be responsible for travel expenses to Sainte Anne University and for personal expenses. Recipients will be required to provide up to 30 volunteer hours at the Acadian Centre Acadien and/or the Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance Centre upon their return from attending the program  (to be completed by 12/31/2007).

Four scholarships will be made available, one provided through the cooperation of Dr. Jean-Douglas Comeau, director of the French immersion program at the Universite Sainte Anne. The French Immersion Program helps the student gain a working knowledge of the French language through the immersion process. The student who completes the suggested curriculum is considered able to function in French. For more information on the summer program applicants can go to the http://www.usainteanne.ca website.

French Immersion Students:
Blair Sellers (EHS), Kalyn Guidry (UL-Laf), Dr. Jean-Douglas Comeau
(Univesitie Sainte Anne), Truc Ngo (EHS) and Aaron Theall (NVHS)

The Acadian Center Acadien maintains an impressive photo and information exhibit, featuring displays of artwork and other mementos chronicling the saga of Le Grand Déranagement, the expulsion of Acadian families from Nova Scotia in 1755, many of whom settled in Louisiana. A video theater is available for educational viewing on topics such as the Acadian culture, local history and other videos related to the heritage of the Acadian people and this area.

Acadian Centre Acadien President, Russell Gaspard stated that the scholarships will help expand the student’s understanding of their Acadian heritage. Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance President, Lloyd Doré III approached the Boards of the two organizations to make this opportunity possible. Both Gaspard and Doré want to acknowledge the organizations Board members for their cooperation.    

Applications for the French Immersion Program scholarship can be obtained by calling the Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance (Museum & Art Gallery) at 898-4114 or Lloyd Doré III at 893-5400 or L3Dore@doretax.com. Applications will be due by January 31st, 2007, with interviews held in February.

The Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance (Museum & Art Gallery) is located in the Vermilion Parish War Memorial Building (200 North Magdalen Square), in historical downtown Abbeville. The Alliance Centre Museum is open on Tuesday & Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM and Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  For additional information please call 337/898-4114. The Alliance is a non-profit. tax-exempt organization.

Contact: Lloyd Doré III, President, 337/893-5400 or L3Dore@doretax.com