2014 was a phenomenal year. The SAHS will soon sponsor an Appreciation Breakfast for its major contributors at the home of Tommy & Kathie Roque. We aim to show appreciation for tremendous support in 2014 and plan a calendar of events for 2015.
Much thanks and appreciation to the tomb restoration committee for its dedication to precision in this most critical mission. The committee, including Willie Metoyer, Clyde Roque, Tommy Roque, & me, was granted the authority by the Board to make decisions regarding restoration phases funded by generosity of CRNHA. The full board will continue to authorize any financial commitments of the "Save Our Tomb" funds (part of the 25 for a Thousand Fundraising Campaign).
A 2015 Membership/Donation Campaign Committee, under the leadership of Theresa Morgan and Vera Severin (Treasurer), was given full authority to set up the 2015 campaign, fees, and rules. The membership campaign will be kicked off at the Jan 24th Grandpere’s Birthday Party.
Grandpere’s Birthday Party is set for the evening of Jan 24th after Mass... We are planning music, dancing, great food, recognitions, 2015 membership campaign, historical reenactments, and more! Food served will be coordinated by Anita Evans & committee; Recognition of Senior Parishioners coordinated by Gloria Jones; Creole Pageant announcements by Carla Allen (7pm); Media, flyers, and press relations coordinated by Dianne Moran; and Membership Campaign by Theresa Morgan, Vera Severin, & Committee; Any questions, musician, exhibit, or vendor inquiries may be directed to Tommy Roque or me. SEE https://www.facebook.com/events/1418557981769580/ or NEWS RELEASE
Finally, the next SAHS Booklet Publication is expected to be completed by Nov 2015. The popular first historical society booklet, released last year, covers the life and legacy of Grandpere as well as gives tribute to Founding Members of the SAHS.
Get ready to Celebrate Grandpere, JOIN the SAHS, & Have a Wonderful 2015 !
November 8, 2014
The St. Augustine Historical Society (SAHS) proudly sponsors this Natchitoches Tri- Centennial event hosting rare tours and a parish celebration of Faith, Heritage and History !
Between 9 am and 4 pm - tour and explore over a dozen SAHS-designated “Treasures of the Isle” and other area attractions like Melrose & Magnolia plantations.
At 5pm - the parish community will gather together at the historic St. Augustine Catholic Church for a traditional Catholic Mass by our Pastor and spiritual leader, Father Thomas Paul. The Church was recently placed on the National Register as a traditional cultural center, beginning as a plantation chapel in 1803 on the property of founder and patriarch, Nicolas Augustin Metoyer (1768 – 1856).
At 6 pm, the community and guests will enjoy a “homecoming celebration” in the parish hall featuring traditional foods and entertainment.
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SAHS & NGFHF are similar in an important mission to save the treasure of significance to creole heritage.
After a scientific expert analysis (video on Facebook page), both organizations are working concurrently to preserve an icon of creole heritage - the tomb of "Grandpere" Augustin Metoyer.
The goal is to raise over $25,000 - to immediately save the tomb from callapse, to provode on-going proper care and maintence of the tomb, to historical mark the site as a place of cultural and historic significance, as well as to pay legal fees necessary to restore and sustain the success of any non-profit organizational in meeting state and federal requirements. (Further explanations found on Facebook)
You may help preserve this icon and the healthy and viability of the orgabnization that looks out for it and depends on your trust and financial support.
Rescue and sustain the tomb as a place of honor and cultural significance. The tomb is the visible centerpiece of the Church's cemetary - the resting place of the patriarchal founder of the church & parish community dating as a place of worship, a chapel, on his planation in 1803.
* For Donors to this cause, NGFHF is an option if you desire tax exemption for tax purposes. In 2010, the tax exempt status of SAHS was revoke. The new Board, kicked in 2013, discovered the fact in early 2014 and took immediately action to inform others and engage legal experts regaining the tax-exempt status for donors our non-profit causes.
GRANDPERE'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - Sat. Jan 11th, 2014
As part of Louisiana's Tri-centennial events, the St Augustine Historical Society (SAHS) is pleased to sponsor a celebration of "Grandpere" Nicolas Augustin Metoyer (Jan. 22, 1768 - Dec. 19, 1856) - the Founder of St. Augustine Catholic church and parish community. The celebration starts in the afternoon of Sat. Jan 11th on the church grounds and will include tours, commemorative items, a historic reenactment, a traditional Catholic Mass at 5pm by Father Thomas Paul, and then Grandpere's Birthday Party in the parish hall with great traditional foods, a cake, a dance, and much more!!! DOWNLOAD FLYER UNDER "EVENTS"
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