Saturday, March 14, 2009

Istre Cemetery Houses Acadia Parish

Istre cemetery houses were added to the National Historic Register in February 2008. The Louisiana National Register offers a pdf file and several jpg photographs of these cemetery houses in Acadia Parish, Louisiana on Swift Rd. near the Vermilion Parish line. This photograph is from the database of Acadia Parish, Louisiana National Register. You can view a Flickr photo stream of Istre cemetery here. USGenWeb LAGenWeb Archives does not have current cemetery transcriptions online for this cemetery, however, there is one transcription available on RootsWeb. It is unclear as to how current this transcription may be. Martin Gautier's LA Cemeteries provides this information: "Acadia Parish has one of the most complete cemetery transcriptions. The transcriptions are available for purchase in 5 books from Acadia Genealogical & Historical Society." Find A Grave lists two Istre cemeteries in its contributed data. One entry determines over 300 internments and the other listing has less than 40 internments. There are also color photos of the same "cemetery house" available on Find a Grave.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Events and News


Magnolia Memories VI will be held March 6th, 7th and 8th in the historic Magnolia Cemetery in Baton Rouge and the Governors Mansion. Read more

Save Our Cemeteries

SKELETONS IN OUR CLOSET: 1850’s New Orleans Personalities

A look at the lives and final resting places of the developers, architects, builders, politicians, plantation owners and other assorted characters from 1850’s New Orleans.
A lecture by Pat Dupuy, Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Saturday, March 7, 2009 6 1:00 pm
Louisiana State Museum Arsenal
600 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Free for SOC members, $5 for non-members

Sunday, March 29, 2009
11 am - 3 pm

Destrehan Plantation
13034 River Road
Destrehan, LA

A day of fun featuring a gourmet brunch, cocktails, live entertainment, an egg hunt, an arts and crafts tent, face painting, egg races, a raffle, and games with the Easter Bunny!

Advance tickets: $15 for kids under 12, $20 for SOC members, $25 non-members

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (504) 525-3377 or go to:


A recent article concerning a cemetery clean up in the city owned potters field, Holt cemetery in Mid City, was published this week. Holt cemetery has been reported as neglected to Saving Graves in 2001 and was the subject of a previous clean up project in 2008. Oddly enough the funeral service and mortuary science program of Delgado Community College abuts the overgrown cemetery. "It's our calling in life not to just take care of the dead when they die but to give them perpetual care," said Bobbiann Lewis, an instructor in Delgado's program, whose students have been required to do cemetery upkeep since late last year.

In Shreveport, Louisiana the Interstate 49 planning between I 49 and I 220 could affect local cemeteries. Baton Rouge-based Providence Engineering will partner with Franklin Industries and conduct an 18th month long study. "The most important thing we need to get is citizen input," said Perry Franklin, head of Franklin Industries. No contact information concerning Franklin Industries or Providence Engineering was available in this article.

Magnolia's Memories VI

Last call for reservations for this weekend's performances--Friday and Saturday in Historic
Magnolia Cemetery and Sunday at the Old Governor's Mansion for a 3:00 p.m. matinee.. Don't miss this opportunity to witness Baton Rouge history come to life before your eyes.
Read the Press Release