The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Acadians in Louisiana at its Old Governor’s Mansion gala on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The 17th annual gala, the major fundraising event for the organization’s mission of preserving the state’s cultural and architectural heritage, will be held at the mansion, 502 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Tickets are $125 for FHL members and $150 for non-members.

The event includes live music, a bar and Cajun and Louisiana cuisine from area restaurants and caterers. The mansion will be transformed into an Acadian village. The foundation’s traditional silent auction also is planned for the landmark’s East Room.

For tickets or sponsorships, call (225) 387-2464 or order online at

Jason and Katharine Dore are chairing the event, which will feature an exhibit of the collection of George Rodrigue’s “Saga of the Acadians,” 15 original paintings on loan from the owners, the Anne and Wendell Gauthier family and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

The 15 original paintings tell the story of the Acadians and their journey to Louisiana, after being banished by the British from Canada. They traveled to Louisiana in the late 1700s.

The gala preservation sponsors are Dr. and Mrs. Eric Oberlander. In addition, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and the Anne and Wendell Gauthier Family are preservation benefactors.

Guests are encouraged to dress in evening attire, especially with emphasis on red, blue and gold, or to aspire to an Acadian or Cajun historical character.

“This gala is an important event, as it serves as an important fundraising event for our preservation advocacy organization,” said FHL’s Executive Director Fairleigh Jackson.