LOS ISLEñOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL
NOVEMBER, 2014 NEWSLETTER
November 11th, 2014 General Membership Meeting
interpretive ranger with the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and
Preserve, Chalmette Battlefield, will discuss the history of the
Battle of New Orleans during the November 11th, 2014
General Membership Meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the
Isleno Center. Mr. Hall is a native of Virginia and an
alumnus of Louisiana State University where he holds the
master-of-arts degree in history. Mr. Hall coordinates the youth
living history volunteer program for the Chalmette Battlefield with
fellow ranger Patricia Corral. We will also learn about
activities planned by the National Park Service to commemorate the
bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, January 8th – 10th,
2015. A reception will immediately follow Mr. Hall’s
CHRISTMAS 2014 – Los Islenos Museum Complex
is scheduled for Sunday, December 7th, 2014.
Local schools will perform during the Christmas event which will begin
around 4:00 p.m. December 7th at Los Islenos Museum
Complex. Katherine “Kathy” Serpas Ziegler will lead a committee
which will decorate every building in the complex and the surrounding
grounds. On Saturday, December 13th, 2014, the
St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community (formerly the
Homemakers) will feature Los Islenos Museum Complex in their annual
Christmas tour of homes. Volunteer hosts and hostesses will be
needed for this event. For additional information, please call
Kathy Ziegler at 504.494.5848 or President Rhonda Hannan at
504.615.9322. More information will be forthcoming.
Hispanidad 2014 – Installation of Officers
Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan who was sworn in as president of Los Islenos
Society Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by the Honorable Lena R.
Torres during the successful Hispanidad 2014 luncheon. Other
officers and directors sworn into office were Catherine Ybarzabal
Serpas, sergeant-at-arms; Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne, director-at-large
(immediate past president); Dorothy L. Benge, director-at-large; Maria
Ibieta Laborde, director-at-large; Glen Menesses, director-at-large;
Paula Borden Mackles, treasurer; and Lena Torres Nunez, vice
president. Delicious Spanish food including ropa vieja, paella,
Torta de Santiago, Manchego and Mahon cheeses and a selection of wine
from Spain were highlights of the event. We wish the 2014-2015
officers and directors all the best and thank them for their service
to the Society and Museum Complex.
MUSEUM DAYS 2014
than 950 students participated in Museum Days 2014, November 6th
and 7th, 2014 held at Los Islenos Museum Complex. The
program began in 1981 under the aegis of The St. Bernard Historical
Society working with Los Islenos Society. The program continued
each year through 2004. Museum Days was held in several St.
Bernard Parish schools in 2007 and 2008 and organized again until
2011when it was able to return to the Museum Complex after its
reconstruction and reopening to the public. Students from
Gauthier Elementary, Arabi Elementary, Chalmette Elementary, Lacoste
Elementary and the Lycee Francais in New Orleans were among the
schools attending this year’s program. Donna Mumfrey-Martin
organized the folk craft and folk art exhibitions which were student
interactive. Houma Nation of Native Americans, our partners in
developing the Museum Complex, had a large and important role in the
interpretive program which the students enjoyed. Lena Torres
Nunez solicited food donations, a volunteer committee and put together
luncheons each day for famished volunteers supporting Museum Days.
Thanks to everyone who worked so well to make Museum days a great
Death of District Attorney John F. “Jack” Rowley
Islenos Heritage and Cultural Society extends its’ condolences to the
widow and family of Jack Rowley. Mr. Rowley was elected sheriff
of St. Bernard Parish in 1962 and the first and only district attorney
of the Thirty –fourth Judicial District from 1979 until his death
November 5th. No other parish-wide elected official
served St. Bernard as long or as faithfully as Mr. Rowley – fifty-two
years occupying the top elected offices in the parish. Mr.
Rowley was a proud Isleno descendant who faithfully supported the work
of our Society. He was the consummate public servant and
benevolent patriarch of St. Bernard Parish.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
11th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.
General Membership Meeting, Nathan Hall, Battle of New Orleans
7th, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.
Los Islenos Christmas
13th, 2014 – 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community Christmas Tour – Los
Islenos Museum Complex
8th – 10th, 2015 – Battle of New Orleans
Event details will be announced as the planning process is completed.
More information will be forthcoming shortly.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ACTIVE
SUPPORT OF LOS ISLENOS SOCIETY!
RHONDA RODRIGUEZ HANNAN