Author signings, artists and crafters to headline Jeanerette Museum Day

Lynn Shurr, also known as Carla Hostetter, will be autographing copies of her books during Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum’s “Museum Day Live!”

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 at the museum located at 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette.

Once a librarian, now a writer of romance fiction, Hostetter grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country. She attended a state college and earned a very impractical B.A. in English literature. Her first job out of school really was working as a cashier in a burger joint. Moving from one humble job to another, she traveled to North Carolina, then Germany, then California where she buckled down and studied for an M.A. in librarianship.

New degree in hand, she found her first reference job in the Heart of Cajun Country in Lafayette. For her, the old saying, “Once you’ve tasted bayou water, you will always stay here” came true. She raised three children not far from the Bayou Teche and lives there still with her astronomer husband.

When not writing, Hostetter likes to paint, cheer for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, and take long road trips nearly anywhere. Her love of the bayou country, its history and customs, often shows in the background for her books.

She is the author of the “Sinners” sports romance series and recently debuted two other titles with L&L Dreamspell, Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball and Mardi Gras Madness, part of a new series. Courir de Mardi Gras is scheduled for a summer, 2013 release.

Nelwyn Hebert, co-author of Iberia Parish, will also be signing copies of her book during Jeanerette Museum Day Live!

Iberia Parish is part of Arcadia Publishing’s, Images of America Series. The book focuses on the history of the area from 1699 to present day through a collection of 200 vintage images and memories of Iberia Parish. Iberia Parish also includes an introduction by historian Shane Bernard.

Hebert is a native of Iberia Parish. Her interest in history began after her first French classes in high school. Her mother, Frances Laperouse Hebert, spoke French to her relatives, but would not speak French to her children. She wanted to know about these people whose language was not accepted by anyone except the older people of the community.

Hebert acquired a Second Language Specialist Degree in French from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1979 and began a search for her family roots. There were travels to Europe with university and high school groups, travels to Europe to visit New Iberia’s twin cities, and travels to Canada to meet members of her ancestral family.

In 1984, Hebert began to coordinate family reunions for the Laperouse family which have been held every five years since that time. In 1999, with Congres Mondiale des Acadiens, she began to learn about her Hebert lineage. In 2010, a family reunion was held for descendants of Desire Hebert.

After retiring from a career in education, she began to learn about the Spanish heritage of the area. In 2008, Hebert began correspondence with Jose Manuel de Molina, a representative of Alhaurin de la Torre, Spain to discuss the twinning of Alhaurin and New Iberia. In 2009, a group from Alhaurin came to New Iberia for the twinning and in 2011, Mayor Daigre and a group from New Iberia finalized the twinning process in Spain.

Hebert’s interest in genealogy continues to grow. This book discusses some of the major events in the founding of Iberia Parish and in the people whose families were a part its development.

Artists, crafters and those wishing to sell homemade non-perishable items may still apply for free outdoor space to set up their tables at Jeanerette Museum Day Live!

Museum Day Live!, a part of a Smithsonian celebration, will also feature free admission and tours of the museum, live music, demonstrations and more.

Several artists have already signed up to be featured at the event including those who sell garden art, dried flowers, crocheted items, candles, ceramics and more.

“We are encouraging citizens that make home crafts such as crocheted items, smocked baby items, wood crafts and other gift items to apply for the free space. We hope that this arts and crafts event will allow for residents to shop early for the holidays and give crafters the opportunity to sell some of their handy work,” said Andre Rosamond, president of the Jeanerette Museum board.

Crafters are encouraged to apply early to acquire the free booth space. Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. For applications or more information call the museum at (337) 276-4408 or contact Gail at hug057@yahoo.com. Information is also available on the museum website, www.jeanerettemuseum.com.

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