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Karl Nettles teaches blacksmithing to a young girl
Karl Nettles teaches blacksmithing

The LSU Rural Life Museum: Whispers of the Past

Located outside Baton Rouge on the 450-acre Burden Research Plantation, this museum preserves the pre-industrial heritage of Louisiana. 20 of its buildings are authentically furnished to illustrate major activities of a typical 19th century plantation, while seven other buildings represent various types of vernacular architecture of the region. The museum hosts interpretive programs throughout the year, including a week-long Rural Life Apprenticeship Program for children. This program features hands-on activities such as weaving, spinning, candle-making, blacksmithing, and open hearth cooking arts. The museum is documented in text, photos, brochures, news clippings, and a videotape in English, French, and German versions.

Originally submitted by: John B. Breaux, Senator.



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