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Friends of the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site annual meeting Jan. 9

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - The Friends of the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site, Inc., will hold its annual meeting Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Plaquemine Lock on Main Street, president Joyce Hebert announced.

All members, as well as Plaquemine and Iberville Parish officials, are invited to attend.

The group will discuss ongoing projects and plans for a Civil War Re-enactment slated Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 on the Lock grounds.

The organization has just completed its second successful year. Museum quality film has been applied to all the lock building windows. This was accomplished with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Dow Chemical Company.

The direct sunlight has been damaging the historic artifacts on display and the integrity of the building. This project will protect and sustain the building and artifacts, while making tours more enjoyable and keeping operational costs down by cutting cooling expenses, Hebert said.

The group is also making repairs to a lock model, which shows the lock, downtown area of Plaquemine and tiny boats coming into Bayou Plaquemine from the Mississippi River. The model has been in disrepair for a number of years. This work is being down with the assistance of the City of Plaquemine and Mayor Tony Gulotta.

Some 400 students and guest attended the Louisiana Bicentennial event sponsored by the Friends Nov. 16-17. The program covered "The 200-Year History of Bayou Plaquemine" and included displays and commentary on the cypress logging industry, people and vessels that traveled the bayou and the many commodities that went up and down it during that period.

The Friends are in need of members and volunteers. Please consider volunteering a few hours a month to help make the Plaquemine Lock a great tourist destination.

The Board of the Friends group would like to thank Mayor Gulotta, the City of Plaquemine Selectmen, Iberville Parish President Mitchell Ourso and the Iberville Parish Council for their assistance in keeping the lock operating and open to the public.

The State of Louisiana, which owns the building, has only one full-time employed for the site. Without the assistance of the city and the parish, it would not be possible to keep the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site open to the public.