A couple Saturdays ago we had a history lesson on the Acadians who migrated from Nova Scotia to the Saint James Parish in 1765, by Mrs. Connie Donadieu of Crazy 'Bout History, Inc. given in St. Michael's Church.
Acadians were deported from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island by the British in 1755 and dispersed along the east coast in British colonies in an attempt to keep their numbers down and not be a threat to the British.
By 1764 the Acadians made their way to New Orleans and were given land on the west bank of the Mississippi where they soon thrived to become the ever popular Cajuns of Louisiana.
|Connie Donadieu dressed as an Acadian.|
Dressed as an Acadian or Cajun, Connie showed the kids some of the toys and items that were used in everyday life by the individuals of the time period.
|Marbles made of clay.|
|Connie showing the kids her antique hair receiver.|
|Jewelry made from human hair.|
|Chloe playing with her handkerchief doll.|
|Ian trying on the spectacles.|
|Courtney's turn to try them on.|
|Ethan being admired by Avery while wearing the spectacles.|
|Avery looking cute as ever.|
|Tia getting help trying them on.|
|Tour of Saint Michael's cemetery.|
|Grave of Florian Dicharry.|
Here Connie is explaining how to boil Spanish moss to remove the outer hull in order to prepare it as a mattress filler, which was the common practice during the 19th century.
|Connie telling us how they used Spanish moss for bedding material.|
We are very appreciative to Connie for taking time out of her Saturday to give us some history on the Acadians and Saint James Parish and on how they used to live and play.
We just hope we can always find someone like Connie everywhere we travel to help give us some local history and make it fun.
|Chloe, Ian, Ethan, Courtney, Connie, Tia, and Avery in Saint Michael's Cemetery.|