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March 16, 2015


For Immediate Release

Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742



Iberia Parish Convention 

and Visitors Bureau

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 "Last Island: The First Storm" History Talk
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JEANERETTE, La.--- The Jeanerette Museum is hosting a history talk on Last Island: The First Storm at 6 p.m. on Wed., April 22, 2015. Robert Allen Alexander Jr., Ph.D., of Nicholls State University will discuss what is considered Louisiana's first great storm, the hurricane of 1856.  


Last Island was a popular vacation spot for Louisiana's wealthy sugar planters, politicians, their families and servants, when a powerful hurricane destroyed the resort hotel, all of the homes and swept much of the island away leaving few survivors. 


Alexander will draw from the novels "Chita: A Memory of Last Island" and "Last Days of Last Island" to bring to life the chaos and devastation of the category four hurricane and its effect on Louisiana. 


Alexander is head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Nicholls State University.


For more information on this free program suitable for an adult audience, contact the Jeanerette Museum Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 337-276-4408, visit their webpage at JeaneretteMuseum.com; email the museum at jeanerettemuseum@yahoo.com or like them on Facebook.



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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.


For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit IberiaTravel.com

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