The Smithsonian is coming to St. Martinville!



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The Smithsonian is coming to St. Martinville!
Share your photos & stories to create part of the exhibition.

The Acadian Memorial Foundation has been selected by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities as a host organization for the traveling Smithsonian Exhibition Journey Stories, scheduled for display at Maison Duchamp May 28-July 9, 2011.

The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program describes Journey Stories as using “engaging images with audio and artifacts to tell the individual stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society.”

Our task: Create relevant event programming and develop a portion of the exhibition for display here in St. Martinville. We want to tell our journey stories, the stories of OUR community. Who are the people that settled and shaped this area? How and why did they come? What are the results of their settlement and contributions to the community?

Our Project: Create a slideshow video and book from your photos and text to display at the Journey Stories exhibition in St. Martinville. We want to tell your journey stories and your ancestors’ journey stories. Make an appointment with us between September 1 and November 30, 2010. We will scan your photos; your original photo goes home with you!

How to get your photo(s) and stories into the exhibit:

1) Download, read & use the intake form posted on this website:

2) Call the Acadian Memorial or Steve Comeaux photography to make an appointment or ask questions.

3) Come in for an appointment with your photo(s) and stories, typed or written on the back of the form.

Read more about Journey Stories on the LEH website, in the "Museum on Main Street" section at www.leh.org/html/museum.html. Stay updated on the St. Martinville Journey Stories project on this website and on www.stmartinville.org

Journey Stories has been made possible in St. Martinville by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Journey Stories is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.





Acadian Memorial Foundation/Smithsonian Institute/QGA

Museum on Main Street Journey Stories Quilt Challenge

Rules and Guidelines


  1. Entry must be a quilt - two layers of fabric with batting in between, either quilted or tied.

  2. Quilt must depict or represent a “Journey story”: a story of how someone came to the original Attakapas District from somewhere else, or of how someone from the Attakapas District traveled to somewhere else. The Attakapas District comprises present-day St. Martin, St. Mary, Lafayette, Vermillion, and Iberia Parishes.

  3. Each quilt must be accompanied by a typed/computer generated document which tells the “Journey Story” that the quilt depicts or represents. The story should include:

a. The name of the “Journey Story”.

b. The date or time period in which the story takes place.

c. The person or people involved in the journey.


  1. A brief description of the “Journey Story”, why it occurred and its importance to the person or people involved. (Relate to St. Martinville and surrounding areas – Attakapas District parishes.)

  2. The impact, if any, that this journey had on the area and its inhabitants.
  1. If there is a photograph that is part of the story a copy of the photograph and the following information should be included with the document:


    1. A brief description of what is in the photo (Ex: Three people at a picnic table next to a bayou).

    2. The names of the person/people in photo.

    3. The place and approximate date the photo was taken.

  2. The minimum size of the quilt is 24” x 24” and the maximum size of the quilt is 60” x 60”. Any dimension in between these sizes is acceptable. The quilt may be any shape as long as it fits within the size restrictions. Each quilt must have a hanging sleeve and a label containing the name of the maker, the date, and the name of the “Journey Story” that it depicts or represents.

  3. The quilts and accompanying documentation must be submitted no later than March 29, 2011, at the Guild meeting.


Acadian Memorial Foundation/Smithsonian Institute/QGA

Museum on Main Street Journey Stories Quilt Challenge

Entry Form
Please print or type.
Name:
Mailing Address:

Day Phone: Evening Phone:
Email:
Entry made by:
Quilted/Tied by:
Name of Quilt:
Size of Quilt: Value* for insurance purposes:
*Value is the cost of materials plus a reasonable estimate of the cost of labor.

Description of Quilt: Each quilt must be accompanied by a typed/computer generated document which tells the “Journey Story” that the quilt depicts or represents. The story should include:

a. The name of the “Journey Story”.

b. The date or time period in which the story takes place.

c. The person or people involved in the journey.


  1. A brief description of the “Journey Story”, why it occurred and its importance to the person or people involved. (Relate to St. Martinville and surrounding areas – Attakapas District parishes.)

  2. The impact, if any, that this journey had on the area and its inhabitants.


Photograph: If there is a photograph that is part of the story, a copy of the photograph and the following information should be included with the document:

    1. A brief description of what is in the photo (Ex: Three people at a picnic table next to a bayou).

    2. The name(s) of the person/people in the photo.

    3. The place and approximate date the photo was taken.


Acadian Memorial Foundation/Smithsonian Institute/QGA

Museum on Main Street Journey Stories Quilt Challenge
Permission to Exhibit and Liability Release
I agree to permit the Acadian Memorial Foundation to display my entry at the Maison Duchamp or other suitable location for the duration of the Museum on Main Street Journey Stories Exhibit. I understand that reasonable care will be taken to protect my entry. I understand that no responsibility for loss or damage will be assumed by the Acadian Memorial Foundation above and beyond the stated value on this application. I fully understand the above and am willing to exhibit under these conditions.

Signature of Entrant:


Print Name:

Date:




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