The Acadian Museum, located in the heart of Cajun country in Erath, Louisiana, commemorates and honors the Acadian heritage and Cajun people of Louisiana.
The Acadian Museum contains three rooms:
the Erath Room, the Acadian
and the Prairie Bayou Cajun Room. Located
next door to the museum is Le Café du Musée.
I. ERATH ROOM:
The history of the town of Erath is depicted in a photographic
series with captions.
II. ACADIAN ROOM:
This room contains objects relating to Acadian history from
1603 to the present. The focal point is the Canadian Parks
- The Odyssey of a People," which demonstrates the deportation
of the Acadians.
Below is an outline of the room's contents. A guide is available for visitors in the Acadian Room.
The Founding of Acadia - 1604
1. "Landwash:" Photograph
of the Nova Scotian shoreline by Maurice Crosby of Halifax, Nova
2. "New France:" 1719 map
of North America by Seutter, donated by Gerard Johnson of Halifax.
3. Photographs of the Historic Site of Port Royal, the first Acadian
settlement in North America.
4. "The Habitation" at Port
Royal, Champlain's 1604 settlement in what is now Nova
Scotia, is portrayed in the
handmade replica by Wilfred Doucette (the model is on table
under the Plexiglas).
5. Original 1760 navigational map used by mariners to reach the
port at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
6. Pottery owned by Iberville, the founder of Louisiana.
7. Shoe buckle and pipe stem from Thibodeau Village, circa 1690.
8. Stone from Georges Island, Acadian prison camp.
The Deportation of the Acadians - 1755
9. Charles "Woodchuck" Bernard,
a native of Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada, devoted over 600 hours
to this woodcarving (reproducing the painting by Claude Picard shown
nearby) depicting the tragic scene of the Acadians
awaiting their deportation in 1755 at Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.
10. Reproductions of Claude Picard’s six
historic paintings of the Acadian Odyssey, commissioned by Parks
Canada for the Grand Pre Historical Park, which hang in the church
at the park.
11. Print of the original painting "The
Dispersion of the Acadians, 1755" by Henry Beau. This print
had been donated by St. Joseph's College in New Brunswick
to Dudley J. LeBlanc (deceased), local Acadian businessman,
historian and politician, whose family donated it to the
Acadian Museum in 1992. (Note: There is an exhibit on Dudley J.
LeBlanc in the Prairie Bayou Cajun Room, on the left as you enter.)
12. 1755 map of the Petitcoudiac River Region
(the area now known as Moncton, New Brunswick) showing the home sites
of the Acadian families who avoided deportation and fought against
the British. These Acadians, under the leadership of Joseph
"Beausoleil" Broussard, later chartered a ship at Halifax
in 1764 and arrived in Louisiana in 1765, the first Acadian
families to settle on Spanish land grants in the prairie
bayou region of “Attakapas Territory” (now south central
13. The Acadian family names of the 18th century.
The Re-birth of Acadia -1764
14. Rare photograph of the unveiling
of the historic statue "Evangeline" at
Grand Pre National Historic Park, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia
on July 29, 1920.
15. "The Saga of Beausoleil' Broussard," the leader
of the Acadian resistance. Today, the Broussards comprise
family of Acadian French origin in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.
16. Cotton Acadian flag purchased
in 1930 for the 175th anniversary of "Le Grand Derangement" by
Oliver Doucet of
Woodvale, Nova Scotia.
17. Photographs of the World Acadian Reunions.
18. The Acadians in France and their museums,
Le Musée de Falaise and Le Musée Acadien de Belle-Ile-en-Mer.
These museums have been "twinned" with the Acadian Museum
19. The Queen's Royal Proclamation of 2003.
(Note: As you exit the Acadian
Room and enter into the Prairie Bayou Cajun Room, please note
that the frame of the doorway is a replica of the entrance
to "The Habitation" at
Port Royal. This replica was designed by Wilfred Doucette
and constructed by Iry Melancon and Henry L. Perrin in
III. PRAIRIE BAYOU CAJUN ROOM:
The Prairie Bayou Cajun Room contains artifacts and theme exhibits
depicting the Acadians' settlement on the prairies, marshes and
bayous of Vermilion Parish and their transformation to the Cajuns
The Acadian Museum strives to preserve
a culture and heritage that has endured for almost 400 years.
The unique Cajun/Creole culture, ("Cajun" being the anglicized pronunciation
of the French pronunciation of the word "Acadian") like
the native American Indian culture, is the only one that
developed in North America.
LE CAFÉ DU MUSÉE
Located next door to the Acadian Museum, Le Café du Musée opens daily at 5:00 p.m.
The café opens daily at 5:00 p.m. where many locals meet and speak French. The café hosts the popular "Living Legends" program. Please check the schedule or call the café because the programs are set on an irregular basis, but usually coinciding with the Cajun music jam sessions. Jam sessions are held every other Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 337-937-0012. Free Cajun suppers are held every Monday night. The traditional Cajun meals are donated by someone in the local community. Supper is served at approximately 8:00 p.m. during the summer and at 7:00 p.m. in the winter.