ALHFAM 2016 . . . Ready, Set, GO!

Ron Kley gallantly drags a ferry by rope across the water so Jane Radcliffe can disembark on the other side. ALHFAM members: always willing to go the extra mile.

Ron Kley gallantly drags a ferry by rope across the water so Jane Radcliffe can disembark on the other side. ALHFAM members: always willing to go the extra mile.

The 2016 ALHFAM conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has just started and it’s already shaping up to be amazing. Many workshops and tours were offered today and, sadly, since I’m only one person, I can just report on mine. I went on the Acadiana tour and visited Vermilionville (a living history site), toured through the Atchafalaya basin, learned about Cajun and Creole culture, and before 1pm had listened to live zydeco music (with the best washboard player I have ever seen), eaten andouille sausage and okra, learned to dance, and watched the making of pecan candies. By the end of the day, we’d even seen a gator. The day was capped off by seeing old friends and colleagues and meeting new ones at the Smoked, Salted, and Pickled reception. Enjoy the pictures . . . more to come tomorrow! OR, in the meantime, check out other posts on social media using #ALHFAM16

Gator sighting at a Nature Conservancy site in the Atchafalaya basin. Crappy photo but it was exciting so I had to get a shot.

Gator sighting at a Nature Conservancy site in the Atchafalaya basin. Crappy photo but it was exciting so I had to get a shot.

Susan Reckseidler takes a traditional Creole dancing lesson, complete with live accordion music

Susan Reckseidler takes a traditional Creole dancing lesson, complete with live accordion music

Pecan candy demonstration at Vermilionville. Smelled divine!

Pecan candy demonstration at Vermilionville. Smelled divine! We were lucky to visit on Creole culture day when lots of special programming was happening.

  • Kimberly and Linda from Texas. Linda is a first time attendee and received a fellowship to come. We're happy to have her.

    Kimberly and Linda from Texas. Linda is a first time attendee and received a fellowship to come. We’re happy to have her.

    No ALHFAM conference would be complete without music. Mary Seelhorst is on the fiddle once again.

    No ALHFAM conference would be complete without music. Mary Seelhorst is on the fiddle once again.

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4 Responses to ALHFAM 2016 . . . Ready, Set, GO!

  1. Cody Jolliff says:

    School of the Mule at Rural Life Museum was great. Students gave the mules a haircut, trimmed hoofs, checked their teeth, harnessed and drove a wagon all around. Great day!

  2. susanhillside says:

    Wish I could be there! Have a great time all you lovely ALHFAM folks!

  3. Barbara Ward says:

    Loving the blog. Since I can’t be there this year it’s nice to see everyone and what’s going on. Thanks

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