Saturday January 11th, 2014
Julien Poydras Center
500 West Main Street | New Roads, LA 70760
10am – 2 pm
Reservations recommended, not required
Post Civil War Pointe Coupée: An Abrupt Transformation
Historians Brian J. Costello & Julie E. Lee will offer an engaging glimpse into Pointe Coupée's post Civil War experience. Julie’s presentation will incorporate recollections from the French American Claims Commission & Southern Claims Commission records with diaries, and journals, followed by Brian’s presentation covering Reconstruction. After a guided tour of the Pointe Coupée Historical Society’s exhibit "150 Years Ago: Relics of the Civil War in Pointe Coupée"—in the museum gallery—light refreshments will be served. Participants will then depart for a self-guided tour of related sites in the area.
About the Speakers
Brian J. Costello is an 11th generation Louisianan, lifelong resident of Pointe Coupée Parish and a B.A. graduate of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in history and English.He is founding and current historian and archivist of the Pointe Coupée Parish Library Historic Materials Collection, as well as an independent historian, freelance writer and public speaker. Since 1987, Mr. Costello has authored 18 books, co-authored six books and authored numerous feature articles. He is fluent in French and Louisiana Creole. Mr. Costello’s notable well-rounded expertise focuses on Pointe Coupée and Louisiana. He has participated in various documentaries and forums on Louisiana Carnival, history, culture, furnishings, religion, flood control and linguistics. Mr. Costello has been awarded numerous recognitions for his historical, cultural and literary talents and endeavors. Member of the Foundations of Pointe Coupée Community Series Board, President of Le Cercle Historique since it was founded in 1992; he is also past chairman (1993-2010) of the New Roads Lions Carnival Parade, reigned as King of Carnival in 2009 and a member of New Orleans Carnival organizations. Current collaboration projects include books on Louisiana’s French Creole culinary and linguistic heritage—a series of three; and Louisiana stories in colonial French, Creole and Cajun.
Julie Eshelman-Lee is an Independent Historian and author specializing in Louisiana and Pointe Coupée Parish history—Exploration to Reconstruction eras (1680s – 1890s). A native Louisianan and graduate of Ohio University at Athens with a B.B.A., she blends two decades of invaluable business experience, her passion for history and education and expertise as an independent historian to bring Louisiana and Pointe Coupée history alive. She is Director of Creole West Productions, a company she founded to bring Louisiana history alive as edutainment for a cross-section of audiences. Ms. Eshelman-Lee has authored a number of historical publications, presented multimedia presentations at various conferences, and developed and authored the materials and content for Pointe Coupée Parish History Online (http://www.pointecoupeehistory.com/) , a model website for local history, currently in its 3rd edition of redevelopment. She lead the development with her web team on the customized content management system for the site. In addition, she is co-founder and chairperson of the Foundations of Pointe Coupée Community Series that hosts annual forums on the history of Pointe Coupée. Ms. Eshelman-Lee organizes, directs and presents at these annual events held in Pointe Coupée. She is active in a cross-section of historical and cultural, academic and educational organizations. Ms. Eshelman-Lee’s current projects include forthcoming books and film projects on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras in Pointe Coupée—nonfiction and fiction.
The speaker series is sponsored by the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area a program of the National Park Service, and the Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. Special thanks to Capitol Park Museum and Louisiana State Museum Friends. http://www.atchafalaya.org/index.php
The Pointe Coupée Historical Society is generously donating use of the auditorium for this event. Presentations are free and open to the public.
Saturday January 11th, 2014