Events/Eventos: ISLEñOS NEWSLETTER/PRESS RELEASES
LOS ISLEñOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL SOCIETY

NOVEMBER, 2014 NEWSLETTER 

November 11th, 2014 General Membership Meeting

NATHAN HALL, 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 presentation. 

CHRISTMAS 2014 – Los Islenos Museum Complex

Los Islenos Christmas 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

Congratulations to 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

More 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 success.

Death of District Attorney John F. “Jack” Rowley

Los 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    

November 11th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.   General Membership Meeting, Nathan Hall, Battle of  New Orleans History

 December 7th, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.       Los Islenos Christmas 

December 13th, 2014 – 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community Christmas Tour – Los Islenos Museum Complex

 JANUARY 8th – 10th, 2015 – Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Celebration

                                 Event details will be announced as the planning process is completed.  More information will be forthcoming shortly.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ACTIVE SUPPORT OF LOS ISLENOS SOCIETY! 

RHONDA RODRIGUEZ HANNAN
President