2015 newsletter issue #1 - Southdown Plantation House

Te r r e b o n n e H i s t o r i c a l & C u l t u r a l S o c i e t y
Issue #1
Southdown Plantation House &
Terrebonne Museum
Color and Form Come to Life in the Southdown Gallery
Over the next few months,
Southdown Planation House
and Museum will host several different local artists in its
gallery. Beginning in January, Rene Ghirardi will present Colors of Life and Mardi
On March 15 at 2 pm there
will be a reception for Gregory Hayes show Sailing Tides .
Hayes is a recent graduate of
Nicholls State University.
Upcoming Events
Artist Rene Ghirardi “The
Colors of Life and Mardi Gras”
The show runs through February
Artist Gregory Hayes Reception
Featuring his show Sailing
Tides—Sunday, March 15 from
2—4 p.m.
Southdown Marketplace Arts
and Crafts Festival—Saturday,
March 28, 2015. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rene Ghirardi’s crab is just one of his colorful
works that grace the walls of Southdown through
February (above). Gregory Hayes will feature
originals works such as the image to the right
starting in March.
Southdown Launches “This Week in
History” on Facebook and Google +
With the incorporation of social
media sites at Southdown Plantation
we are able to reach a larger audience
interested in history in Terrebonne
Parish, the state and the world.
“We currently have 3,253 likes on
our Facebook page,” Assistant Director Melanie Moriarity said. Melanie
is the keeper of our Facebook and
Intagram accounts where she posts
pictures and events.
“With the addition of Google+ and
our weekly history postings we
hope to gain a larger audience
for the museum,” Executive
Director Rachel Cherry added.
This Week in History will
focus on Louisiana history and
also topics specific to Southdown Planation and Terrebonne Parish. To access these
sites go to Facebook, Instagram or Google+ and search
for Southdown Plantation.
Forgotten Houma: A New History in Pictures Published
A new book hits the shelves
in January 2015 featuring photographs of Houma and Terrebonne from years gone by. The
book titled “Forgotten Houma”
is published by Arcadia Publishing, the same firm that produced the much acclaimed Images of Houma by Thomas
Cobb and Mara Currie.
“Arcadia contacted me last spring
with the idea to do a
follow-up book with
more original images,” author Rachel
Cherry stated.
“They were looking
for images that
reached a broad audience within the
parish and Southdown has been a repository for many
different images
over the years.”
In addition, Cliff Theriot,
archivist at Nicholls State University, authored a book called
“Images of Lafourche”. Both
books will be available at the
Southdown Plantation gift
Rachel will be signing books
at Southdown Plantation from
of Southdown Plantation
House and Museum. It is on
sale in the gift shop .
“When I arrived at the museum in 2012, I was surprised
that no one in the past had
written a comprehensive history of Southdown,” Author and
Executive Director Rachel
Cherry said. “We
had visitors for
tours that were
frequently asking
for more information about the
house and its history, so I made it
Thanks to local
sources like Prosper Toups and
Frances Mattingly,
both books contain information
about Southdown
Edward Lyons owned boats in which he delivered groceries to the various “little cities” in
Sugar Mill and
the oil field at each rig is just one of more than 200 images in Forgotten Houma..
Refinery which
Although the title is Forgotwas not a part of the history
2—4 p.m. Sunday, March 15
ten Houma, the images come
discussed on the tours before.
from private collections and
“Southdown was such a
range from chapters about life Gregory Hayes Show titled
huge part of the economic and
Sailing Tides. Cherry has also
“down the Bayou” to historic
social life in the area and I
plantations and agriculture, oil completed the book Southwant people to have this infordown Plantation: The House
and other industries with secmation that they can share
that Sugar Built which details
tions specifically on Southall of the history of the proper- with future generations,” Cherdown Mill and Refinery and
ry added.
ty, the residents, the mill, and
the vanishing coast.
every exhibit within the walls
Southdown Plantation House * The Terrebonne Museum * 1208 Museum Drive * PO Box 2095 * Houma, LA 70361 * 985-851-0154