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AfriGeneas Creole Research Forum

Creole Conference - Customs & Institutions

Suppers, Wakes, and Second Lines: New Orleans Creole Customs and Institutions

Louisiana Creole Research Association announces its Fifth Annual Conference with sponsorship of Xavier University History Department

Founded in 2004, the Louisiana Creole Research Association, or LA Creole, is presenting its fifth annual conference on Creole history and culture. Dedicated to preserving Creole culture through historical/genealogical research, educational programs, and celebrations, LA Creole quickly regrouped after Hurricane Katrina and planned its 2006 conference. That first post-Katrina conference dealt with the culture's viability, the rebuilding of historic neighborhoods, and the status of local archives.

Viability will again be the focus of one open-mic session, which include a panel of distinguished historical scholars.

The major sessions will focus on historic churches, schools, ways of "makin' a livin'" and social institutions within the Creole community. Speakers include historians Keith Weldon Medley, Dr. Ronald Dorris, and jazz historian Dr. Michael White.

Attendees will also be treated to the cultural expertise and musical genius of Charles Moore and John Boutte.

A new concept "Birds of A Feather" will allow participants to share and learn about genealogy and well-known local families in a structured but informal environment.

The Sunday Jazz Brunch, featuring the Pinstripe Jazz Trio, will include the presentation of Recognition Awards in honor of Mildred B. Martinez, foundress of the Martinez Kindergarten School and St. Augustine High Bandmaster Edwin H. Hampton. The LA Creole Founder's Award will be presented to local historical writer/publisher Mary Gehman.

Interested persons can download a registration form and locate more information at or call Lolita Cherrie at 504-453-5922.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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