October 20, 2018

10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Williams Research Center
410 Chartres Street

Admission, which includes the full symposium and a reception, is $30.

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The Villere family will present a symposium exploring their history, as well as that of the French Creoles in New Orleans.


Welcome and Opening Remarks—Pierre G. Villere

Introduction to History Panel—Shane Lief, PhD candidate in the program in linguistics at Tulane University

The Villere Family and Their Connections to Other Colonial Families—William de Marigny Hyland, parish historian / site manager at the Los Islenos Museum Complex in St. Bernard Parish

Political and Social Context of the 18th Century, Including Both European and Native Perspectives—Daniel H. Usner, Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History at Vanderbilt University

Transition from French to Spanish, and Becoming Part of the USA: The Revolt of 1768 / Louisiana Becomes a State—Shane Lief

The Battle of New Orleans: An Overview and Context—Jason Wiese, associate director of the Williams Research Center at The Historic New Orleans Collection

The British Landing and the Villere Family—Anthony A. Fernandez Jr., former president of the St. Bernard Historical Society

Louisiana and the USA / Parallels between Andrew Jackson and Jacques Villere / A Snapshot of New Orleans in the Early 19th Century—Shane Lief

Discussion—all participants, plus Q&A with audience

A reception will immediately follow at 11:30 a.m. For more information, email pierrev@villere300.com.