George Gele, will deliver a fascinating presentation about the Mystery of Chandeleur Sound during the September 9th, 2014 general membership meeting of Los Islenos Society.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Los Islenos Center, 1357 A Bayou Road, St. Bernard Village.  Mr. Gele is a native of New Orleans and an alumnus of the School of Architecture of Louisiana State University.  He has practiced architecture since 1975 and has forged a distinguished career in public service with the State of Louisiana, having worked for the Office of Facility Planning and the Department of Transportation and Development.

Mr. Gele began to actively pursue an interest in archaeology in 1966 while conducting research in Mexico.  He made his first expedition to examine the mysterious “granite mounds” in the Chandeleur Sound in 1976.  Gele completed his 30th expedition to the sub water-surface archaeological site earlier this year.  The existence of this site has long intrigued Isleno fishermen and mariners familiar with the area.  Who could have constructed a solid granite structure roughly the size of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and when would it have been built?  Mr. Gele has fascinating theories about the origin, age and purpose of this structure.

This program is free and open to the public.  A dessert reception will follow the presentation.  Please plan to attend this fascinating program.

September 28 th at 2:00 pm. - Fiesta meeting will be held on the second floor at the old Courthouse located on Bayou Rd.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – October 2014 Annual Election

It is with great personal regret that I have resigned the presidency of Los Islenos Heritage and Cultural Society effective October 20th, 2014.  Family health issues have necessitated this decision.  I have been privileged and pleased to help move the Society forward during the last three years, working with a dedicated membership and board of directors.  My support of the Museum Complex and the work of Los Islenos Society will continue in the future.

The following members were nominated for officers and directors of Los Islenos Society during the August 12th general membership meeting:  PRESIDENT: Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan (one year term 2014 – 2015); VICE-PRESIDENT: Lena Torres Nunez (2014 – 2016); TREASURER: Beverly Perez Pentney (2014 – 2016); HISTORIAN: Jerry Glen Estopinal (2014 – 2016); DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE: Maria Ibieta Laborde (2014 – 2016); DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE: Glen Menesses (2014 – 2016); SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Catherine Ybarzabal Serpas (2014 – 2016).

Nominations for the October 2014 Annual Election will close during the September 9th, 2014 general membership meeting.

Thank you all for your support and God Bless each and every one of you!


“CRUZIN DA PARISH” scheduled for Saturday, September 13th, 2014

The St. Bernard Rod Knockers Club is sponsoring “Cruzin da Parish” Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.  Owners of classic and antique automobiles will be invited to tour six historic sites in St. Bernard Parish – The Aycock Street Barn, The First Ward Justice Courthouse and Jail in Arabi, the Historic St. Bernard Parish Courthouse in St. Bernard Village, the Louis Alfred Ducros M.D. Museum and Library and Los Islenos Museum, both in Los Islenos Museum Complex, St. Bernard Village, and Docville Farm in Violet.  Water, soft drinks and food will be sold at Los Islenos Museum Complex.  Volunteers are needed to man houses and serve food/beverages.  Please call Bill Hyland at (504) 874 – 0635 to volunteer or correspond with him at 

BASS TOURNAMENT – Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

MIKE BENGE is organizing Los Islenos Bass Tournament once more this year, after an absence necessitated by Hurricane Isaac.  The event will take place at the Delacroix Corporation property in Caernarvon facing Highway 39 and the Caernarvon canal.  For more information, please call Mike Benge at Delacroix Corporation, (504) 523 – 2245.  Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Society’s Restoration Fund. 


September 9th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.      General Membership Meeting, Los Islenos Center, George Gele, “The Mystery of Chandeleur Sound,” dessert reception immediately following presentation.  Nominations closed for 2014 election.

September 13th, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The St. Bernard Rod Knockers Club will sponsor “Cruzin da Parish” with a stop at Los Islenos Museum Complex.

October 7th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.     General Membership Meeting, Los Islenos Center, speaker to be announced - 2014 Annual Election

November 2nd, 2014   -   Los Islenos Bass Tournament, Delacroix Corporation Property, Highway 39, Caernarvon

November 6th – 7th, 2014   Museum Days, Los Islenos Museum Complex - Call Bill Hyland, (504) 874 – 0635 for more information or to volunteer.

November 11th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.     General Membership Meeting, Los Islenos Center, speaker to be announced

December 7th, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.     Los Islenos Christmas, Kathy Serpas Ziegler, Chairperson.  The Museum Complex will be decorated for the holiday season.  Please call Kathy at (504) 494 – 5848 for more information or to volunteer.