December 06, 2008


The Williams Research Center Symposium
Annually since 1996

From 1764 through 1788, when Louisiana was under Spanish governance, some 3,000 French-speaking Acadians settled in the prairies, bayous, and marshes of Louisiana.

A popular conception of le grand dérangement is that of a "straight line" migration from Nova Scotia. The diaspora, in fact, lasted a period of 25 years and the Acadians' journeys often made detours through France, the British Colonies of the Eastern Seaboard, or the islands of the Caribbean.

Once situated in Louisiana, the Acadians established a lifestyle, foodways, and culture that continue to enrich and define the region.

Friday, January 30, 2009
Reception (for symposium registrants) The Historic New Orleans Collection
6:00 p.m. Meet the speakers

Saturday, January 31, 2009
Symposium Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis Street
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m.

For a complete list of speakers and topics, click here.

Special $179-per-night rate at the Omni Royal Orleans hotel available. Call (504) 529-5333 and mention The Historic New Orleans Collection when making your reservation to receive this rate.

Registration rates:
THNOC Members: $60
Early Registration (on or before January 9): $60
Early Student/Teacher Rate (before January 9): $35
Deadline to cancel registration (in writing) and receive a refund:A written cancellation notice is required to receive a refund. Notices should include the participant's name and contact information and should be submitted by fax at (504) 598-7168 or by email at

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