can’t wipe out
By SMILEY ANDERS, Advocate columnist
Published: May 3, 2006
Back in 2002, I spent a very enjoyable
day in Erath at its Acadian Museum. The small building, crammed
with items relating to the history of the Acadians, was a fascinating
place to visit. It was obvious that for museum chairman Warren
Perrin and director Kermit Bouillion, the project was a labor
Having seen the work that went into the museum, it was heartbreaking
to read of the devastation caused to it by Hurricane Rita.
So it was encouraging to hear from the Acadian Heritage & Culture Foundation
that a lot of folks are working hard to restore the Erath museum.
A $3,000 grant from the Louisiana Historical
Records Advisory Board is helping preserve and replace lost
or damaged paper materials. Genealogist Stanley LeBlanc is
donating his time to update and rebuild files lost in the
Dozens of individuals have given financial support following
the flooding, and John LeBlanc donated his time to paint
the inside of the museum.
Reading of all the help given to
the museum restoration effort, an inspiring picture emerges:
The people of the community, seeing a valued asset in peril,
put aside their personal rebuilding efforts and rallied to
keep it. Their hard work and devotion should be a lesson
to us all.
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