Iberville Museum Welcomes a New Member to Our Staff

Meet Iberville Museum’s newest hire, Joyce Verret Ferguson!

Joyce Ferguson, Iberville Museum's newest hire works alongside

Ferguson began working for the museum in October as our second Curatorial Assistant. She is a native of Iberville Parish with her family roots extending to Bayou Chene, in the Atchafalaya Basin. She is married to Quinton Ferguson, a Vietnam Veteran and lifelong resident of Iberville Parish. They have been married for forty-two years, have three sons, and eight grandchildren.

Ferguson is a graduate of Plaquemine High and has earned a Bachelors Degree in Christian Theology from IMI Institute in Pensacola, Florida. She served as an Iberville Parish Visitors Service Specialist for a number of years, and she worked at the Plaquemine Lock from 2003 to 2016. Ferguson has done extensive research on the history of the Plaquemine Lock and documentation on the Freshwater Diversion Project. She enjoys history and is looking forward to her work at Iberville Museum.

Introducing Our New Director/Curator

IMG_2472Iberville Museum is happy to announce our new Director/Curator, Meghan Sylvester! A native of Ville Platte, LA, Sylvester earned her Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Public History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. Her focus was on historical interpretation and digital history. She also received a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in French in 2015 from ULL.

Prior to joining our institution, Sylvester worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Louisiana Studies and held an internship with the National Park Service, John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, in Rhode Island where she did preliminary research for new exhibits and engaged in collections management projects.

 

Redesigning Our Permanent Collection

Iberville Museum has been hard at work redesigning and interpreting the permanent collection, which features memorabilia from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War and objects from everyday life during the early 19th century to the turn-of-the 20th century, such as cookware, medical supplies, and school or office supplies.

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Carriage is to be hung from the ceiling of the museum.

Mr. Louis “Dick” Roussell, a native of Plaquemine, LA now a resident of New Orleans, LA, has been acting as the museum’s architectural design consultant. His goal is to bring the museum’s collection to life by rearranging the displays and creating a more suitable flow to the current exhibits.

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Additionally, the new curator/director, Meghan Sylvester, plans to create a new interpretation plan for the museum by using the site’s collection to enhance the “historical stories” of Iberville Parish and bring the human element into the museum.

If it has been a while since you last visited the museum, be sure to stop by and check out our progress!

Sincerely,

The Iberville Museum Association

 

Welcome to Iberville Museum’s New Website

We are excited to announce the release of our new website! This website will offer a fresh and responsive design for you to access all your Iberville Museum news and information, and because it is responsive you will find essentially the same design whether you use your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Our main goal with designing this new website was to give you, the user, an easier and quicker way to access information on the museum and to share our local history and culture with a larger audience.

Feel free to explore the new website, and if you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear them! You can contact us here or give us a call or email at (225) 687-7197 | contact@ibervillemuseum.org. We welcome your feedback as we continue to work on improving the online experience of the museum.

Sincerely,

The Iberville Museum Association