"The Post-Revolution Evolution of Dining in America" is the topic the 18th annual Petite Antiques Forum on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The symposium, hosted by the Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation, will be held at the Louisiana State Archives, 8585 Essen Lane, and presented by Janine Skerry, senior curator of metals at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The event will also include a tour of Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation, built in 1841 by Duncan Kenner, a prominent planter of the day.

The all-day event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the State Archives. The cost is $100, which includes refreshments before the lecture, brunch at the Baton Rouge Country Club and chartered travel to and from Ashland. Reservations are required; space is limited. Call Patricia Comeaux at (225) 271-4187 for more information or to order tickets.

Ashland was the center of social and political life of the rich sugar cane region before the Civil War. It exemplifies the massive simplicity and dignity of classical Greek Revival architecture and has been the site for films such as Clark Gable’s "Band of Angels" and Paul Newman’s "A Long Hot Summer." The plantation had fallen into disrepair but has been beautifully restored by Shell Chemical Co. and is primarily used for company functions. 

Skerry has lectured and written extensively on silver, ceramics and dining in England and America. At Williamsburg, she is responsible for silver, fused silverplate, polished steel, pewter, brass, ceramics and jewelry. She is also the curator of "Silver from Mine to Masterpiece," an exhibition of English and American silver currently on exhibit at the Art Museum of Colonial Williamsburg.