Lunch Hour Lecture series explores La. history and tradition

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Lunchtime Lagniappe, a popular weekly series of lectures that explores the rich culture and history of Louisiana, resumes March 6 at the Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge. Four programs are scheduled for Wednesdays during March.

The following programs are scheduled:

  • March 6: Madame Legendre: Hostess to History

Historian and genealogist Yvonne Lewis-Day traces the life and career of Madame Legendre who ran Baton Rouge's first five-star hotel and hosted many famous visitors in early the 19th century.

  • March 13: Louisiana's Contributions to Advancements in Medicine

Curator Polly Rolman-Smith brings Louisiana medical history to life with fascinating artifacts and images from the Louisiana State Museum science and technology collections.

  • March 20: Landmarks and Monuments of Baton Rouge

Dr. Hilda Krousel tours Baton Rouge landmarks and monuments, some long forgotten and obscure. A former editor at LSU Press, Dr. Krousel is the author of Don Antonio de Ulloa: First Spanish Governor to the State of Louisiana.

  • March 27: The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round

Cook, blogger and The Advocate food columnist Helana Brigman shares techniques and recipes for tasty Louisiana cooking, whatever the season.

All programs begin at noon and are free and open to public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and may come and go as their schedules require. The Louisiana State Museum Friends will have refreshments available for a small donation.

The Capitol Park Museum is located at 660 N. Fourth St. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit