Warren A. Perrin shown in 2003 with Queen Elizabeth's Royal Proclamation which, for the first time, acknowledged the historical wrongs done to the Acadians by the Crown and established a "Day of Commemoration" on every July 28th.
On November 20, 2014, a copy of the Queen's Royal Proclamation was presented to The Historic New Orleans Collection, represented by Viola Berman, in appreciation for use of the facility for the Francophone Section's legal symposium. The original document is in the Canadian Archives. Historically, the proclamation marks the first occasion that the British Crown acknowledged its role in the Acadian Deportation and expresses apologies for the suffering and deaths of thousands of Acadians. Finally, it established July 28 as an annual Day of Commemoration of the event -- the same day that the deportation order was signed by the British government in 1755.
Shown are (L to R) Warren Perrin and Viola Berman.
(June 2012) Members of the Acadian Museum staff met with the French Ambassador to the U.S. at the University of Louisiana Alumni House during the CODOFIL State Bicentennial Fundraiser. Shown (L to R) are Warren Perrin, Governor Jindal's appointee to the CODOFIL Board of Directors; Kim Doucet, PR representative of the Acadian Museum of Erath; French Ambassador Francois Delattre; and Kermit Bouillion, member of Lafayette Parish School Board representing District 5.
In 2009, accords were signed stipulating conditions for the mutual promotion of French in Louisiana. Shown signing the accords are (seated L-R): Philippe Suinen, Commissaire general aux Relations internationales de la Communaute francaise de Belgique; Cecil Picard, Louisiana Superintendent of Education; (standing L-R) Linda Johnson, president of the BESE Board; Warren A. Perrin, then-president of CODOFIL. The accords between the United States and the countries of France and Belgium allowed French and Belgian teachers to come to Louisiana and teach the French language in the local public schools.
(May 2009) The Louisiana Association of Museums presents the "Outstanding Corporate Support Award" to the Acadiana law firm of Perrin, Landry, deLaunay, Dartez & Ouellet for its work in creating and supporting the Acadian Museum. In 1989, the corporation spent $25,000 to renovate the old abandoned Bank of Erath building, one of the oldest buildings in the town of Erath. Since then, they have allowed the museum to use the building at no cost and paid all of the overhead costs.
Shown here is Ford Bell (center), President and CEO of the American Association of Museums of Washington, D. C. presenting the award to members of the firm and their wives. On the left is Warren A. Perrin and Mary B. Perrin. On the right is Rebecca Landry and Donald D. Landry.
(January 2008) Buford Jordan, former New Orleans Saint's football player, helped to promote the book "Acadian Redemption" in New Orleans. (L to R): Warren A. Perrin, Jordan, and Kermit Bouillion
(November 2007) In November 2007, Warren A. Perrin, then-President of CODOFIL, hosted dinner for Olivier Brochenin, Consul General of France on a visit to Lafayette. Pictured (L to R) Perrin, Brochenin, and John Hernandez, III, President of the Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
(September 2007) In September 2007, the Acadian Museum presented a Living Legends award to Gilbert de Pusy, the Marquis of LaFayette. That year marked the 250th birthday of the original Marquis de Lafayette, Gilbert's ancestor, who was famed as a hero of the American Revolution.
Pictured here is museum co-founder Warren Perrin presenting the award.
(September 2007) During the ceremony, the Marquis and Marquise, his wife Irasema, received the Acadian flag pin of Louisiana and the key to the City of Erath. Pictured (L to R) the Marquise pins the flag on her husband, the Marquis.
(September 2007) During the ceremony, music was provided by legendary Cajun musician D. L. Menard. The Marquis's wife Irasema also shared her own musical talents. As Mary Perrin recalls, "The Marquise had been a singer in her home country of Argentina, and she knew how to play the guitar. After DL's last song, she asked to use his guitar and she started singing Jambalaya! We all joined in. When they departed, they told us it was the most enjoyable time they had had in all of Louisiana! "
Pictured (L to R), Menard, the Marquise, and the Marquis.
(September 2007) Mary Broussard Perrin (left) said of the visit: "It was magical. This man was born with a three-piece suit on and wakes up in the morning with his hair already combed! We tried to get him to come in cooler attire since it was summer, but you can see how he turned up. We gave them hand-carved animals that a member of the Houma tribe had made."
Musician D.L. Menard, "regaled all with his stories and jokes," she said, "thoroughly charming the French couple. Sadly, about a year and a half later the Marquise (second from left) and one of their two children were killed in a terrible car accident."
Also pictured is General Bob Leblanc (far right), an Acadian Museum Living Legend.
(June 2007) In June 2007, Acadian Museum co-founder Warren Perrin (left) was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame, an award that recognizes those in the legal profession who make significant contributions to their state and communities. Perrin is shown here with close friend and law partner Donald D. Landry.
(June 2007) Then-governor Kathleen Blanco attended the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame ceremony with her husband. Pictured (L to R) are Warren Perrin, his wife Mary Broussard Perrin, Governor Blanco, her husband Raymond Blanco, and the Perrin's son Andrew Perrin.
(May 2007) Warren Perrin, Chairman of the Acadian Museum, and Kermit Bouillion, Director of the Acadian Museum, participated in the RiverBarge Excursion Tour of Louisiana on two barges pushed by a 3,000 horse-power tow boat.
(May 2007) The interesting and entertaining trip began in New Orleans then proceeded into the Mississippi River and eventually through the bayous of South Louisiana to Morgan City.
(May 2007) The popular trip, titled "Cajuns and Creoles," included a swamp tour, visit to Morgan City as well as bus trips into Cajun country with visits to St. Martinville, Lafayette, Vermilionville and the Jean-Lafitte Historical Center.
(May 2007) During the voyage, Perrin lectured on Cajun culture and history and did a book signing of his book "Acadian Redemption."
(May 2007) All proceeds from the sale of the book went to support the continued operation of the Acadian Museum.
(2006) In 2006, members of CODOFIL and the Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association made a cultural trip to Paris to enhance their contacts with our motherland. Former French Ambassador to the United States Jean-David Levitte is shown here hosting the delegation for a meeting at the Elysee Palace, home of the President of the French Republic.
(2006) While in Paris, members of the group met with Jean-Marc Chataigner, Director of the Department of Francophone Affairs, to discuss the relations between the French government and CODOFIL. The meeting was arranged by Claude Teboul, President of France-Louisiane. Shown are (L to R): Claude Teboul, Jean-Marc Chataigner and Warren Perrin, Acadian Museum co-founder and then-President of CODOFIL.
(2006) Members of the Francophone Section photographed before the Palais de Justice in Paris. Shown are (L to R): Albert "Butch" Leger, Marie Breaux, John Hernandez, III, Edward Fleischmann, Jr., Joseph Barrea and Warren Perrin.
(2006) Members of the Francophone Section photographed before the tomb of Napoleon. Shown are: Warren Perrin, John Hernandez, Jr., Marie Breaux, John Hernandez, III, Albert "Butch" Leger and Kenneth Pitre.