At the annual membership meeting, the foundation’s members gathered at the African American Heritage Museum to discuss upcoming projects and programs as well as to elect new foundation officers.
Foundation President Shirley LeBlanc discussed options considered for the family coat of arms mosaics that will be displayed around the Acadian Memorial pending some construction details.
She also promoted a program instituted by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu’s office for organizations to participate in the World Cultural Economic Forum World Bazaar in October. Organizations, if found eligible, will be funded to attend the event in downtown New Orleans.
Brenda Comeaux Trahan, memorial curator and city tourism directrice unveiled a new interactive exhibit that was installed at the African American Heritage Museum. The bilingual “Odyessy Map” displays a number of routes traversed by eventual Acadian settlers all along the Atlantic corridor.
The display is narrated in English and French by former Acadian Memorial curator Jolene Adams.
The foundation is currently vying for stronger numbers with its annual membership drive. The need for volunteers to assist in hosting and promoting events has increased lately due to the influx of events and projects that the foundation has undertaken.
Trahan said annual membership dues are $35 per family of $25 per individual. Those interested in becoming a member of the foundation can register at the Acadian memorial or online at www.acadianmemorial.org.