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Tea Fashion and Fancies

Saturday, February 24, 2018
2:00pm until 4:00pm


Making old treasures new again into fashionable jewelry is the focus of the 2018 Tea, Fashion and Fancies.  The theme of the event will be Repurpose, Recycle, Reimagine and will feature guest speaker, Susan Davis, the owner of Grandmother's Buttons in St. Francisville.  Susan uses antique buttons that are more than 100 years old and redesigns them into new and beautiful jewelry.

Treat yourself, your mother, your daughter, a best friend or special someone to a special English style tea menu.  Various samplings of tea, pastries and specialities will be served in multiple courses. Guests will be treated to a showcase of Davis' jewelry, gain insight into her business, and explore the intricate jewelry designs.  Children attending the tea will have an opportunity to make their own jewelry pieces.

Join us Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 2 to 4pm at the LSU Rural Life Museum.  The annual event is a joint partnership between the Friends of the LSU Rural Life and the Friends of the LSU Textile and Costume museums.

Tickets are $60 per person for ages 13 and over; $25 for under 13.  Friends of the LSU Rural Life or the Textile and Costume museums will receive a $5 discount.  Sponsorship levels are available. Tables may be reserved in advance. For more information, call the LSU Rural Life Museum at 225-765-2437.




Ione E. Burden Symposium

Saturday, March 3, 2018
8:00am until 3:00pm

"Vernacular Architecture, Building without Architects"

The LSU Rural Life Museum will explore the  meaning of vernacular architecture, how did it evolve, and why does it still exist today.


Henry H. Glassie, III is a folklorist and emeritus College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University Bloomington.
Dr. Florian Nepravishta, Professor and Director of Architecture at Polytechnic University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania.
John Stubbs, Director of Preservation Studies, Christovich Senior Professor of Practice-Preservation Studies Tulane School of Architecture.
Jay Edwards, PhD LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, retired.





An Old Fashioned Easter Celebration

Sunday, March 25, 2018
1:30pm until 4:00pm

Children will experience springtime excitement and the welcome of the Easter season with wonderful old fashioned activities overseen by the Easter Bunny.  Join us for Easter Egg Hunts with plastic eggs filled with confectionery for children ages 2-5 and 6-8.  Refreshment will be sold. General admission is $5.00 per person.

Activities will include: Music, Storytelling, Egg Pacquing, Egg Dying, Egg Races, Petting Zoo, and Old Fashioned Games.

All funds raised will help support the LSU Rural Life Museum's Interpretive Programs. For more information, call 225-765-2437.




Zapp's International Beerfest

Saturday, April 14, 2018
3:30pm until 6:00pm

Tickets on Sale Now!

The 14th Annual Zapp's International Beerfest will be held Saturday, April 14th.  More than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews will be made available for tasting during this popular annual event benefiting the LSU Rural Life Museum.  This fun filled afternoon is for patrons ages 21 years and older. A proper I.D. must be presented upon entering the event.

Ticket prices:
General Admission: $35.00 per ticket
Designated Driver: $20.00 per ticket
2:30pm Early Entry: $100.00 per ticket. Early entry ticket includes Specialty Beers and Food from local area restaurants.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Rural Life Museum gift shop from 8am to 4:30pm daily.  Proper I.D. must be provided to purchases tickets. Multiple tickets can be purchased. For more information, please call 225-765-2437.


 An Evening at Windrush

Friday, April 27, 2018
6:30pm until 10:00pm

This elegant southern supper will capture the spirit of days gone by at Windrush Plantation. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Burden home, a seated supper, and then desserts and coffee in the museum's complex.  Reservations are required.  Registration fee: $150.00

For further information, please contact Molly Sanchez at (225) 765-2437.




Rural Life Apprentice Program

Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 8, 2018
8:00am until 12:30pm each day


Many children from grades 4th through 8th will become 'apprentices' for this week long educational experience.  Skilled Louisiana artisans along with the museum's Junior Docents will introduce children to 19th century traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, tintype photography and making blueprints, early textiles processes, to everyday domestic skills and more. Each day, the apprentices will be able to participate, create and bring home what they personally made. By the end of the week, smiles are guaranteed on all the young apprentices as well as our own. The Louisiana artisans and the Rural Life Museum staff are looking forward to another successful Apprentice Program. Register early!

Please contact: Steve Ramke at 225-765-2437 ext. 204 or sramke@lsu.edu.



 Harvest Days

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7, 2018
8:00am until 5:00pm both days


Living history demonstrations will interpret activities that took place on Louisiana farms and plantations during harvest time in the 1800's.  Artisans will demonstrate skills related to the harvesting, hunting, fieldwork, and other 19th century duties.  Activities will include cooking, soap making, boat building and wagon rides.  Regular admission prices charged.



Haints Haunts and Halloween: A Rural Life Fall Fair

Sunday, October 28, 2018
:30pm until 6:30pm

Wear Your Costumes!

Remember the sights, sounds and activities of an old fashioned country fair.  Activities include: storytelling, face painting, wagon rides, and historic games. Refreshments available for sale: popcorn balls, ginger cookies, etc. This event concludes with a safe and scenic venue for trick-or-treating with old fashioned treats.

Admission: $5.00 per person. Recommended for children ages 2-9 years. Children under 2 admitted free.





 Red Rooster Bash

Thursday, November 8, 2018


LSU Rural Life Museum will host a silent and live auction with numerous auction items, lively music and a delicious barbecue fare.  Red roosters will be immersed throughout the decor.  Guests will also enjoy a cocktail hour, featuring the famous "Red Rooster" frozen drink.

Proceeds help support the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum.  Tickets are $65 per person, $120.00 per couple or $600.00 reserved tables of 8 people registering together.

For more information, please contact Molly Sanchez at (225) 765-2437.






A Rural Life Christmas

Sunday, December 2, 2018
12:30pm until 6:00pm


Ring in the Holiday season with a 19th century Louisiana celebration at the LSU Rural Life Museum.  Decorations with natural trimmings representative of special times of long ago will be displayed throughout the museum's grounds.  Seasonal activities such a musical groups, demonstrating artisans, open-hearth cooking, storytellers, and costumed re-enactors will present during this event.

Admission: $10.00 per person. Children 10 years and younger are admitted for free. 

This event will conclude with a bonfire and a visit from Papa Noel!