Seeking a Museum Collections Intern


The Iberville Museum Association seeks to hire 1 Collections Intern for the summer of 2019. The internship will help prepare the candidate for a career in museums and collections management, granting them experience in a small local history museum. The intern will work directly with our director/curator on a collections management project focused on cataloging, organizing, and digitizing our collections. The intern will gain experience in PastPerfect museum software and Digital Curation by researching and organizing collections and enhancing metadata to support a better historical interpretation of the collections.


Collections Intern


$12 per hour


160 hours (8 weeks, 20 hours per week) between June-August.


Exact schedule to be determined. Hours will fall within standard work week: M – F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The collections management project will include, but is not necessarily limited to Enhancement of collections metadata; Processing, rehousing, and digitizing photographs and paper items; Research (e.g. Iberville Parish, Atchafalaya Basin, Sugarcane, Civil Rights); Curating 4-5 social media posts meant to spark conversation on items in our collection.


Meghan Sylvester, Director/Curator


Candidates should be graduate students, recent graduates, or advanced undergraduates with a major in public history, history, museum studies, or a related field.

Ideal candidate will be working towards a career in museums and has a passion for local history; Will need to work well independently and with others as needed; Strong writing and organization skills; Exceptional attention to details; Should have completed coursework in collections care and management; and Ideally have knowledge or prior experience with standard archival practices, object handling, photography, and preservation. PastPerfect experience is preferred, but not required.

Resume, cover letter, and a list of 2 references due by April 15, 2019. Please send application materials to Meghan Sylvester, Director/Curator, at

50 Years: Remembering the Acadian Festival



The International Acadian Festival was founded in 1969 under the direction of Gary J Hebert and the Knights of Columbus and has since focused on preserving and enhancing Iberville Parish’s Cajun heritage.  This is exhibit will celebrate all things Acadian Festival, showcasing Evangeline memorabilia and photos from festivals’ past.

The International Acadian Festival will be held in Plaquemine, LA on October 19 – 21 at the Water Front Park.

© Paul Bouy


Gilbert-Pryer Family Reunion in Iberville Parish

Living History, Family History


Gilbert-Pryer 2018 Reunion3
©Melonie Pryer 2018

On June 30, 2018, the Joseph and Zelma Gilbert/Pryer family celebrated their family reunion in Plaquemine, LA. They are one of the largest families of Iberville Parish with their history dating back to the early 19th century. The reunion brought together 550 family members, traveling from California, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, and across Louisiana. 

The Glibert/Pryer family history starts in Vacherie, LA in St. James Parish. It was here that their ancestors faced the brutal hardships of slavery, receiving little to no education, no financial stability, and no basic human rights. Nevertheless, they built Vacherie and its plantations that are still preserved today. Brandy Evans, the great-great granddaughter of Zelma and Joseph Gilbert explained, 

Today, tourists from all around the world marvel at the beauty and history of these grand estates. They may or may not realized that they are consequently marveling at our people too. We can take pride in that. 

Evans passed away in April 2018, but before her death, she strongly encouraged her family members to attend the reunion.

Gilbert-Pryer 2018 Reunion2
©Melonie Pryer 2018

The exact date that Zelma Pryer married Joseph Gilbert, a sharecropper, in Vacherie, Louisiana is not recorded, but we do know that on July 28, 1889, their first child was born–a daughter named Gracie Gilbert James. The couple gave birth to four more children in Vacherie before packing up their belongings and relocating to Trinity Quarters, a small area between Grosse Tete and Rosedale, in the early 1900s. It was here that their remaining six children were born, making Iberville Parish their home for generations to come.

Honorees at this years reunion were: Odelia Pryer Lewis, 87, Daisey Ward, 85, and Rosalie Lockman, 80. The last reunion was held in June 2003 where there were more than 700 family members present. The next Gilbert/Pryer Reunion will be held in summer 2020 in Shreveport, Louisiana.