August 15 National Day of the Acadians
National Day of the Acadians Program
St. Martinville, La.--- Thursday, August 15th from 10am-6pm, the Acadian Memorial will be celebrating the National Day of the Acadians with a full day of programming, free and open to the public. Family Name Banners can still be reserved at the Acadian Memorial. For more information please call 337-394-2258 or visit our website: www.acadianmemorial.org
All Day- Free Acadian Memorial and the Museum of the Acadian Memorial.
Throughout the Day Acadian Memorial, 1st Floor
Interpretative Rangers from Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
will showcase traditional handmade toys, Acadian hunting and trapping tools and the furs of animals local to this area.
10:00 am Flag raising and opening ceremonies.
10:30 Acadian Memorial, 2nd Floor - La table français guided by Mavis Frugé. All levels of French speakers are welcome---especially beginners.
12:00 noon Break for lunch. Restaurants and cafes are conveniently located in our Historic District, all within walking distance of the Acadian Memorial.
1:00 pm Acadian Memorial, 1st Floor
Théâtre Acadien brings Robert Dafford’s Mural characters to life, as they reenact true to life scenarios that our Acadian ancestors experienced.
2:00 Acadian Memorial, 2nd Floor
The New Acadia Project – Mark A. Rees, Ph.D., RPA Associate Professor of Anthropology at ULL presents a multidisciplinary research effort to locate, identify, and investigate homesteads and unmarked gravesites of Acadian exiles in south-central Louisiana.
3:00 Acadian Memorial, 1st Floor
The Acadian Museum in Erath will host an Order of Living Legends induction of Darrell Bourque, Louisiana Poet Laureate 2009-201l, after which Bourque will do a reading and book signing of his newest work, Meagan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie.
5:00 Acadian Memorial Courtyard
Tintamere - Procession of Family Banners from the Acadian Memorial along Bayou Teche towards Old Market Street, and returning for
Le Chapelet---The Rosary in French to commemorate the 10th
Anniversary of the Deportation Cross in the Acadian Memorial Garden.
6:00 Option for Holy Day of Obligation Mass at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, the Mother Church of the Acadians.Back to News Main Page