The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will hold its annual meeting and the exhibition and curatorial lecture, “Baton Rouge Preservation Wins & Losses of Past 50 Years” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.
The event honors and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The lecture will be presented by Natalie Mead, FHL director of education and museum curator.
The exhibition is on display at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, through June 3.
A reception hosted by Calandro’s Fine Wines and Select Cellars begins 6 p.m. and the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to FHL members and $10 to guests.
The exhibit includes 31 works, ranging from photos and digital prints to watercolor paintings.
“We also have rarely-seen artifacts from the Heidelberg Hotel, Istrouma Hotel and Baton Rouge High School, including a matchbook and coffee stirrer from the Heidelberg, a menu from the Istrouma Hotel and a letterman’s sweater from Baton Rouge High,” said Mead.
The photographs are from as early as the 1920s and as late as 2012, the year demolition of the Bellemont Hotel began. Mead will briefly discuss the importance of the National Historic Preservation Act and its impact on saving many of the sites on view in the exhibition.
The exhibition features works on loan from Colleen Kane at Abandoned Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish Library Digital Archive, Meg G. Holford, LSU Museum of Art and the State Library of Louisiana.