Museum hosts genealogy seminar for MSA students

Staff reports
GENEALOGY SEMINAR…Shown here are the MSA Academy students who attended a genealogy seminar at the Iberville Museum recently, along with the teachers from the museum: front row, from left, Instructor Rita Lynn Jackson, Abbie Johnson, Gabriel Keowen, Abby Verret, Jeremy Broussard, Madicyn Battiste, Ariel Brumfield, Elyse Arnold, and Instructor Stella Tanoos; and, back row, Amber Neal, Sydney Neal, Tarek Taylor, Mrs. Kelli Vaughn (gifted class teacher), Megan Blankenberg, Kallie Kelley, Kurisen Thomas, Kennedy Gibson, Abraham Delphin, and Kyiarra Domingue.

Iberville Museum hosts 3-Day Genealogy Seminar for Iberville Math, Science, and Arts Academy Gifted Students.

The Iberville Museum received a Dow-Gives Grant “Preserving Our Past Through Our People” to fund the program.  Iberville Museum Association Board Chairman, Rita Lynn Jackson and Board Member Stella Tanoos taught the classes.  Jackson and Tanoos are members of the Iberville Parish Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. 

“The mission of the museum is to preserve and present the history of the parish to the public.  We are fulfilling that mission in these seminars by teaching our youth about historic preservation by beginning with themselves-researching and preserving their personal family histories, “Jackson said”.  “We bring them into the museum setting to teach them how they can expand on that by preserving the history of their community.”

Funds from the grant provided beginners genealogy books, lunch, snacks, tours of the Iberville Museum and Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site, education and fun! Students were enthusiastic and are now certified “Junior Genealogist”.  Members of the Plaquemine Service league helped with lunch and tours.