History lesson at St. John Library

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 24, 2011

The German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society will present “Origins and Influences of the Catholic Church in the German Coast Region,” by Darlene M. LaBranche at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at St. John Library, 2920 Highway 51 in LaPlace. The program is free and open to the public.

French priests from the diocese and chapter houses of Canada became the first clerics to settle Louisiana.

“I will talk about several challenges, both physical and spiritual, that befell the clergy and parishioners alike, among them, hurricanes, fires and an alleged curse or two,” LaBranche said.

LaBranche, a native and resident of LaPlace, is a former editor and reporter for L’Observateur and is the author of “Pere, the Little Frenchman: The Life and Legacy of Servant of God Jean M. Eyraud.”

She is the publications coordinator for the Louisiana State Bar Association where she produces all print and online magazines and newsletters for the association, as well as handling web content and outside publicity for association events.

She is a graduate of Leon Godchaux High School in Reserve. She received a bachelor arts degree in communications, minor in journalism, from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. She currently is a member of the National Association of Bar Executives and the National Society of Professional Journalists.

The GACGHS was organized in July 1979 with goals to preserve, compile and publish records of genealogical or historical nature. Emphasis is given to the records of St. James, St. Charles and St. John Parishes.

Members offer genealogical research assistance every Tuesday 1:30-4 p.m. at the library in LaPlace. Members and non-members are welcome. Annual membership dues include a subscription to the Society’s quarterly publication, “Les Voyageurs.” For more information visit www.gachgs.com.