Feb. 17, 2014

For Immediate Release

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 Iberia Parish Convention 

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Jeanerette Museum to feature talk on Louisiana's violent past

JEANERETTE, La. --- The Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum will host a history talk, Violent Louisiana: Chaos After the Civil War, led by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Professor Michael Martin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at 500 E. Main St. in Jeanerette.

The talk will discuss the period from the end of the Civil War until the early twentieth century. This was one of the most violent eras in Louisiana's history. Murder, mob violence, feuds, and sometimes pitched battles occurred in the countryside and small towns but also in the big city of New Orleans.

Martin, who is the director of the Center of Louisiana Studies and associate professor in UL's Department of History, leads courses at the university on Louisiana, including public history, the U. S. South, and colonial and revolutionary North America, and supervises graduate student research in those fields. He also serves as managing editor of the state's historical journal, Louisiana History.

Martin's research interests focus on twentieth-century Louisiana and southern history. His publications include Russell Long: A Life in Politics, a biography of former U.S. Senator Russell Long; an edited volume entitled Louisiana Beyond Black and White: Recent Interpretations of Twentieth-Century Race and Race Relations, and a pictorial history of Lafayette, Historic Lafayette.

He is a native of Lafayette and earned both his B.A. (1994) and M.A. (1997) in history from the then-University of Southwestern Louisiana. Martin earned his Ph.D. in American history at the University of Arkansas and, for two years prior to returning to UL, worked as a research associate at the Albert Gore, Sr. Research Center of Middle Tennessee State University. He has taught at UL since 2003.

Learn about what happened in Louisiana and--more important--why it happened in this discussion of the darker side of our state's history. This event is suitable for teenagers and adults and is being held free of charge. For information, visit the museum online at; email, visit the museum on Facebook or call 337-276-4408.
Jeanerette Museum History Talk Flyer
Click here for the flyer in PDF.




The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


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