January 13, 2017

St. Martinville’s Cultural Museums still recovering from August flood

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (KLFY) – It’s been five months since the historic flood of 2016,  and St. Martinville’s Acadian Memorial and Cultural Heritage Center is still dealing with the devastation.

Flood waters damaged the Cultural Heritage Center and the Acadian Memorial.

“These museums mean a lot to people. It was a huge hit to us emotionally,” said Elaine Clement.
Acadian Memorial Director Elaine Clement said she still can’t get the horrifying image out of her mind.

“It was almost too much to take in emotionally.”

The Acadian Memorial and Cultural Heritage Center sit on the banks of Bayou Teche.
“Within two hours it was through the museum and across the street, so at that point there was nothing we could do,” said Clement.

The Cultural Heritage Center has an African American exhibit on one side and an Acadian Heritage exhibit on the other, both sides were heavily damaged.

“We had about a foot of water in the Acadian Memorial,
about 18 inches in the Cultural Heritage Center and almost up to 7 feet in the Evangeline Oak and gazebo are,” said Clement.

“In the Acadian Memorial the mural got wet but not significantly, and the acrylic paint that it was painted with protected it,” said Clement.

It’s been a long road to recovery but Clement said she hopes they can start reconstruction soon.
“We’re just in the last stages with FEMA so that we can finish and get folks back in here to put us back together.”

This year is the city’s 200th anniversary making it bitter sweet for the museums.
“In a sense this is just a building but it means something to people. This brings people together.


November 30, 2016


The annual lighting of the square will take place on Dec.11 at sundown.   Please join us downtown for a memorable stroll around the historic square as it lights up to celebrate the holidays.

 The annual Christmas parade and Christmas on theBoulevard have been canceled this year due to unforeseen circumstances, but we’llbe back next year.  We look forward toinviting you to our Christmas activities in 2017 celebrating the Bicentennialof St. Martinville!!

Travel to Paris with St. Martinville Main Street and enjoyits epicurean delights, as they celebrate “Midnight in Paris”, Supper on theSquare on Dec. 9.   Enjoy excellent and festivelocal food, drinks and music.   Ticketsare $XX and available by contacting 337-394-2230 or stmchc@bellsouth.net, andseatings are at 6pm and 7pm.

 Happy Holidays from the City of St. Martinville!!


From: Visit St. Martinville <visitstmartinville@gmail.com>

Tourism Office

City of St. Martinville

121 So. New Market St.

St. Martinville, LA  70582

337-394-2260 (fax)


November 02, 2016



Mi’kmaq (Mi’kmaw, Micmac or L’nu, “the people” in Mi’kmaq) are Aboriginal peoples who are among the original inhabitants of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. Contemporary Mi’kmaq communities are located predominantly in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but with a significant presence in Québec, Newfoundland, Maine and the Boston area. As of 2015, there were slightly fewer than 60,000 registered members of Mi’kmaq nations in Canada. In the 2011 National Household Survey, 8,935 people reported knowledge of the Mi’kmaq language.
As of 2015, the number of people registered with Mi'kmaq First Nations was 58,763. Of that total, 23,997 were members of the Qalipu First Nation of Newfoundland, a landless community officially recognized by the Government of Canada in 2011. Excluding the landless Qalipu, 56 per cent of Mi’kmaq people lived on reserves in 2015. Mi’gma’gi is home to 30 Mi’kmaq nations, 29 of which are located in Canada — the Aroostook Micmac Band of Presque Isle, Maine, has more than 1,200 members. All but two communities (the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and La Nation Micmac de Gespeg in Fontenelle, Québec) possess reserve lands. Many Mi’kmaq people live off-reserve, either in Mi’gma’gi or elsewhere. More still may not be included by registered population counts, as they are not recognized as Status Indians under the Indian Act.


The mission of the AcadianMemorial Foundation is to support the Acadian Memorial - thanks for your past generositywith that mission.

 This is just a reminderthat if you haven’t yet made a reservation for the upcoming L'Ordre du Bon Temps Louisiane-2016 fundraisingGumbo on November 10th please consider doing so soon.   A copy of the invitation is attached - and -we've just added a Silent Auction which will open at 6:00 p.m.

 Fundraisers become even more important when theunexpected happens like the horrific flood this past August.   The Bayou rose and deposited 1-1/2 feetof  mud in the Acadian Memorial and theMuseum of the Acadian Memorial next door. The Memorial suffered damage to the Mural that Robert Dafford has lookedat and will address soon, but the Museum fared worse as its sheet rock wallsand carpet will have to be replaced.  Both buildings are closed until January 2017.
Thanks for your consideration of the Gumbo event!

PattyGuteKunst, President
AcadianMemorial Foundation, Inc.

Our Mission

The AcadianMemorial honors the 3,000 Acadian men, women and children who found refuge inLouisiana after British forces exiled them from their homeland on Canada'seastern coast in the mid-18th century. The mission of the Acadian Memorial Foundation, Inc., is to lend financial support and guidance to the AcadianMemorial.  The Foundation raises fundsfor the Memorial through the Boutique, Friends of the Foundation and L'Ordre duBon Temps Louisiane.

Acadian Memorial

121 S New Market St.
P.O. Box 379
St. Martinville, LA 70582
(337)394-2260 fax

October 07, 2016



It was a good day for tradition as Dalhousie University proudly raised the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Flag on Thursday.

“We recognize that Dalhousie is located on traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people,” Dr. Richard Florizone, Dalhousie president, said in a news release.

“We are proud to permanently install the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Flag on our campuses.”


September 15, 2016





Saturday, 17 September 2016
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US Canada)
Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr, Algiers, LA
Dr. David "Buck" Landry, Ph.D., President of the University of Holy Cross, will give an informative talk and power point presentation about the university's history, its founding, and its positive impact on Southeast Louisiana.
WestBankGenealogySociety   Calendar

July 10, 2016


Email: breauxdumonde@cox.net Facebook Group: Breaux du Monde
Day of Remembrance
Thursday, July 28 –
In Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 28, 1755 British
Governor John Lawrence signed the deportation
order setting in motion Le Grand Derangement.
“From 1755 to 1763 it is estimated by historians
that 7,000 – half of the entire ethnic population of
the Acadians – perished during their diaspora from
disease, starvation, and neglect, as well as from
violence by the British.”
Though the efforts of attorney Warren
Perrin, “In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II signed the
Royal Proclamation decreeing that every July 28th
the world should pause to remember the suffering
of the Acadians during the Acadian exile.” By
symbolically declaring an end to the Acadian
exile, the Royal Proclamation stated: ‘...we
acknowledge these historical facts and the trials
and sufferings experienced by the Acadian people
during the Great Upheaval.’”
On Thursday, July 28 let us take a
moment to remember how fortunate we are to
have survived as a people!

July 08, 2016


Cajun Jam

When: 09-Jul-2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Performance Center
Vermilionville's weekly Cajun Jam is led by some of the area’s finest musicians. The free jam is held in the Performance Center of Vermilionville and is open to all skill levels-beginner to professional. Free admission is for the jam only and does not include entry to the park. Special thanks to the Cajun French Music Association for sponsoring our weekly jams!