The West Baton Rouge Museum is set to receive the 39th annual preservation “Brick and Mortar Award” from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana for the preservation and restoration of the Arbroth Mercantile Plantation Store.

The awards ceremony and banquet will be held at the City Club of Baton Rouge at 6 p.m. July 16.

The West Baton Rouge Museum has spent the past eight years saving, preserving and restoring the Arbroth Mercantile Plantation Store, museum officials said in a news release.

The store and its contents were donated to the museum by Joanne Busse and family, who wanted to see the store preserved to aid in the telling of Louisiana plantation life.

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Mourning dress lecture scheduled

The West Baton Rouge Museum on Thursday will host a lunchtime lecture featuring Jenna Kuttruff titled, “We All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War.”

The lecture, which starts at noon, is in conjunction with the exhibit at the museum highlighting the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War.

Kuttruff is involved in a long-term research project on the study of 19th-century burial dress based on archaeological evidence from Louisiana.

Mourning dresses functioned to identify the mourner, show respect for the dead, elicit the sympathy of the community and serve as a barrier against unwanted intrusions on private feelings.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Attendees are welcome to bring bag lunches.

St. Gabriel car show to benefit cancer research

The Syngenta Relay for Life Team, along with the Alternate Route Cruisers, will host their eighth annual Cruisin’ For a Cure benefit open car, truck and bike show on July 25.

The event, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will take place at Syngenta’s shaded pavilion area located at 3905 Highway 75 in St. Gabriel.

Vehicle registration will take place that day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. It costs $25 per vehicle to register.

The event will end at approximately 3 p.m.

In addition to the cars on display, the show also will feature door prizes, a silent auction, a live auction, music and lots of food and drinks.

For information, contact Buddy Lee at (225) 715-4505 or Lynn O’Brien at (225) 642-1667.

Elvis tribute artist to perform at New Roads

The Arts Council of Pointe Coupee will host Elvis tribute artist Travis LeDoyt at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Poydras Center Auditorium in New Roads.

LeDoyt’s performance is part of the council’s 2015 Performing Arts Series.

Tickets to the show are available at The Therapy Center and Roy’s Jewelers.

Anyone can also contact Gale Roy at (225) 718-1574 to reserve a ticket.

The performing arts series is sponsored by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.

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