July 20, 2011


The Lafourche Heritage Society invites you to attend its 35th Annual History and Genealogy Seminar

 Saturday, August 6th

The thirty-fifth annual seminar on history and genealogy will be held by the Lafourche Heritage Society on Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Envie Restaurant and Banquet facility in Thibodaux. The day’s activities will begin with registration and coffee at 8:30 a.m., and will close after the last speak...er, at 3:00 p.m. The seminar will have two morning sessions, a buffet lunch, and two afternoon sessions. There will be breaks between sessions for visits to book vendors. Speakers scheduled for this event are Dr. Christopher Cenac, Sr., Neil Guilbeau, Emilie Leumas, and Jay Schexnaydre.
Christopher E. Cenac, Sr., M.D., is a native of Houma. Several years ago, Dr. Cenac began compiling years of research on the Cenac family into a book for his family. His presentation will highlight some of the documents and photographs he discovered in his research. His presentation is entitled “The History of the Cenac Family and the Early Oyster Industry in Terrebonne Parish.”

Neil J. Guilbeau is a native of Sunset and is the Assistant Archivist at Nicholls State University. One of Neil’s current projects for the Nicholls Archives is interviewing local veterans on their experiences in the armed forces. His presentation will be “U.S. Veterans of Southeast Louisiana: An Oral History,” which will highlight some of the veterans interviewed thus far.

Emilie “Lee” Gagnet Leumas, PhD, is Director of Archives and Records for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and former Archivist for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. She is the current president of the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists. Lee’s presentation will be “Catholicism and French in Louisiana”

Jay M. Schexnaydre is a native of Convent. He is a genealogist and an assistant manager at Laura Plantation in Vacherie. He is currently the president of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans. He has compiled family trees for several of the families along the Mississippi River and has made several trips to the Family History Library for research. His topic will be “Old Creole Families of River Road.”
The seminar will be attended by book vendors offering history and genealogy selections. The Society will also have its publications available for purchase including Lafourche Country III which was published in 2010. Participants and members are invited to bring their family history charts.

To pre-register, please send your name and check in the amount of $28 (each participant) to the Lafourche Heritage Society, P.O. Box 913, Thibodaux, LA 70302. Only participants who pre-register will be included in the count for a buffet lunch. Same day registration for the seminar will be accepted at the door, but will not include lunch. The deadline to pre-register is August 3, 2011. Book vendors will be welcome at no additional cost; however, these will need to pre-register and reserve a table in advance. For further information, please contact any of the following:

Clifton Theriot at 985-448-4621, clifton.theriot@nicholls.edu

Patty Whitney at 985-447-7318, pattywhitney@hotmail.com

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