In commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the West Baton Rouge Museum will help mark the 150th anniversary of the war’s end by presenting a lunchtime lecture May 7 titled “Wartime Destruction and Post-War Politics in the South, 1861-1867.”

Dr. Paul Paskoff will serve as the featured speaker and will examine the physical destructiveness of the Civil War as well as the effects of the conflict on the politics of the immediate postwar South.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to bring bag lunches.

The museum is also hosting “When the Cannons Fell Silent,” an exhibit commemorating the end of the Civil War through the finest collections of original war prints, including works published by Frank Leslie, who commissioned 20 skilled artists to sketch the battles and military movement of soldiers. The exhibit runs until Aug. 16.

Artists represented in this collection include Edwin Forbes, William Waud, James E. Taylor, Joseph Becker, Henry Lovie, Francis B. Schell, A. Berghaus, W.T. Crane, C.E.H. Bonwill, J.E. Hillen, E.F. Mullen and F.B. Wilkie, as well as sketches by officers of both sides of the conflict.

Community cleanup

The city of New Roads is asking for additional hands this Saturday to help in a communitywide cleanup effort.

City officials are asking volunteers to meet them at City Hall at 8 a.m. Saturday to help clean up the city.

Large dumpsters will be placed at Town Square and in front of La. Express, located on New Roads Street.

All residents, business owners and organizations interested in participating are asked to call (225) 638-5360.

Veterans monument slated

Pointe Coupee General Hospital and the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury have given approval to the American Legion to use a portion of the hospital grounds to construct a veterans monument.

The monument will be paid for through donations received by the sale of bricks honoring all veterans, living or deceased, from the parish.

The monument, to be located in the front corner of the hospital’s parking lot, will have granite stones supporting the Army, Navy, the Marines, Air Force, the Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

Flags from each branch of service and the POW/MIA will be displayed along with the American flag.

About 1,000 bricks must be sold before construction can begin.

Bricks will cost $100 each and the written message must be limited to three lines per brick and no more than 16 characters per line — including spaces, dates, etc.

The brick order form can be obtained online at the Department of Louisiana, Legion’s website at www.lalegion.org or by calling Anthony Daisy at (225) 638-9009.

Museum works on exhibit

In commemoration of its 15 years preserving the culture and stories of Iberville Parish, the Iberville Museum will host an exhibit documenting the history of its founding along with stories of community members and officials who stepped in to restore the historic 1848 courthouse.

The museum is seeking artifacts, photographs and stories from community members or past museum board members involved in the endeavor.

Anyone who can help is asked to call Museum Director Elizabeth Brantley at (225) 687-7197.

The exhibit opens June 9.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@theadvocate.com.