B.Y.O.C. is a monthly craft club that will meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Ascension Parish Library in Galvez. Bring your own project (or find inspiration at the library!) while you meet and socialize with other crafters in the area. Coffee and assorted equipment will be provided, as well as a selection of instructional material and patterns to get you started. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00pm.
Don’t want to show up empty handed? The library has partnered with Creativebug to provide free access to thousands of art & craft video classes. For more information about our monthly craft club or how to access Creativebug, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at 622-3339.
In the middle of a fall night in 1894, five men and two women, called lepers, tugged up the Mississippi River from New Orleans on a coal barge. They had been denied access to public transportation by state law. Accompanied by a physician, newspaper reporters, and provisions donated by Charity Hospital, the lepers were made as comfortable as possible during the 85-mile trip to their new home. The first glimpse revealed a decaying plantation known as Indian Camp, set on the river close to Carville in Iberville Parish. The house was uninhabitable, leaving the seven patients to begin a new life in slave cabins on a rundown farmstead that would later become a modern, innovative facility, as well as the only leprosarium on the continental United States.
Elizabeth Schexnyder, curator of the National Hansen’s Disease Museum in Carville, will continue this story at an upcoming program, History of the National Leprosarium in Carville Louisiana, at the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Ms. Schexnyder will tell us the fascinating story of a place and a people who were often feared, sometimes persecuted, and always underestimated because of this misunderstood disease.