Karl Nettles teaches blacksmithing
The LSU Rural Life Museum:
Whispers of the Past
Located outside Baton Rouge on the 450-acre Burden
Research Plantation, this museum preserves the pre-industrial
heritage of Louisiana. 20 of its buildings are authentically
furnished to illustrate major activities of a typical 19th century
plantation, while seven other buildings represent various types of
vernacular architecture of the region. The museum hosts
interpretive programs throughout the year, including a week-long
Rural Life Apprenticeship Program for children. This program
features hands-on activities such as weaving, spinning,
candle-making, blacksmithing, and open hearth cooking arts. The
museum is documented in text, photos, brochures, news clippings,
and a videotape in English, French, and German versions.
Originally submitted by: John B. Breaux, Senator.
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