The Leger Richelieu Family Association, Inc

Grand Reveil Acadien:

Fête de Famille


Lafayette  – Thursday, October 13, 2011


The Richelieu Leger Family Association manned two booths at the Cajundome Convention Center. Member of the Association welcomed many Canadian Acadian visitors as well as local Cajuns.

The Genealogy Booth included a computer and reference books to help with answers to questions about Ancestors.

Opening ceremony was moderated by Kirby Jambon, French Immersion Instructor and Louisiana Poet.

Welcome by Gerald Breaux, Executive Director of the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission;  Lafayette City-Parish President, Joey Durel; Consul General of Canada, Paula Caldwell St-Onge.

National Anthem by Auriel Campbell.

Special Guest: Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; Announcements; Introductions; Marc-André LeBlanc, Représentant Jeunesse of Société Nationale de l'Acadie to present Young Acadian Award, La Médaille Camille Antoine Richard.

Causeries (Cultural Discussions) listed below were held throughout the day.  Acadians converse about similar topics of interest to each area (scholars to facilitate)

Acadian Heritage & Culture - Our Future?  Keynote Speaker, Georges Arsenault, Historian, Author and Folklorist.  Response by Valerie Broussard Boston, Directrice de Programmation Jeunesse and Steven Ortego, Home Designer & Cultural Advocate.

Chef Gilbert and Nova Scotian Guest Chef Alain Bossé served a tantalizing Cajun buffet.

Genealogy and The Acadian Identity: Finding our Ancestors.  Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Stephen White, Genealogist, Moncton University, New Brunswick, Canada. [One on one session available in the afternoon, sign-up at Registration Table]  Response by Dr. William Arceneaux, Tulane/LSU Professor.

Environmental Issues - Seafood Industry and Oil Spill / Coastal Erosion and Restoration,  Thomas Michot, Ph.D., Institute for Coastal Ecology & Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Lecture and book signing by Dr. William Arceneaux, Tulane/LSU author of No Spark of Malice: The Murder of Martin Begnaud / French edition: Meurtre en Louisiane : L’Affaire des Frères Blanc.  This was nominated for the Pulitzer Price Non-Fiction Category Letters/Drama.  (Books will be available for purchase - $25)

French Language – The Louisiana French Language: The Battle Continues.  Keynote Speaker: Amanda Lafleur,  Instructor and Coordinator of Cajun Studies, LSU Department of French Studies & Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D, Department of Modern Languages, Canisius College (NY).  Response by Joseph Dunn, Director of CODOFIL.

Musique des deux Acadies avec Les Frères Michot:  lyrics, old ballads with musicians / Music conversations: Similarities and differences with special blend of Acadian and Cajun Music ending with a jam session to include all participants.

Lucius A. Fontenot Photography Exhibit and Cajun/Acadian Music Jam Sessions were held in the Foyer area throughout the day. The Richard Family provided free Jambalaya to any visitor who wished to taste.