Press Release
Dec. 6, 2016
For Immediate Release
Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540
(888) 942-3742
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Bayou Teche History Talk by Shane Bernard at Jeanerette Museum
JEANERETTE, La. -- Learn about one of Louisiana's most famous bayous, Bayou Teche. The Jeanerette Museum will present the history talk, "Bayou Teche History and Heritage" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Historian Shane Bernard will lead the talk based on his book, "Teche: A History of Louisiana's Most Famous Bayou."

Bernard will discuss the bayou's geologic formation as a vestige of the Mississippi and Red Rivers, its prehistoric Native American occupation, and its colonial settlement by French, Spanish, and, eventually, Anglo-American pioneers. From the coming of indigo, cotton, and sugar; steam-powered sugar mills and riverboats; to the impact of the Civil War on the Teche, Bernard gives insight into several events that took place along the banks of Bayou Teche.

He will discuss epic floods, disease, violence and the widespread poverty that disrupted the lives of those who resided near this historic waterway. He will give insight into the slow decline of the bayou as the coming of the railroad, automobiles, and highways reduced its value as a means of travel. Finally, he considers modern efforts to redesign the Teche using dams, locks, levees, and other water-control measures. He examines the recent push to clean and revitalize the bayou after years of desecration by litter, pollutants, and invasive species.

Bernard will also pull from his personal experience canoeing down the length of this waterway as he tells of remarkable people who still live along its banks. A book signing will follow his presentation.

Bernard is historian and curator to McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco brand products since 1868, and to its sister company, Avery Island Inc., which traces its origin to 1818.  Bernard holds a Ph.D. in History from Texas A&M University, and degrees in English and History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  He is the author of five books and has discussed south Louisiana history and culture through numerous media outlets, including NPR, CNN, MSNBC, the History Channel, the BBC, and National Geographic.

This free program, to be held at the museum located at 500 E. Main St. in Jeanerette, is suitable for an adult audience. Seating may be limited and taken on a first come, first serve basis.

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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 in New Iberia.
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Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau
2513 Hwy 14 | New Iberia, LA | 70560
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