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:


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.

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