Creole Family Geneolgy Room
The purpose of the “Family Room” is to tell a personal pictorial history of the Creole family in Louisiana history with particular focus on the 18 th century. However, early 19 th century items will also be considered for display.
We want to recreate the feeling you get when you relax in your own family room with familiar faces that conjure up fond memories, smiles, or questions from young ones. As you point to a picture, you might describe to a curious observer “that’s Papaw, or “sis” or some other family nickname.
It is our hope that this venue will inspire descendents of the Creole culture to take a greater interest in their roots and facilitate their ability to trace their family history.
Creoles, shortened from “Creoles of Color” are generally known as a people of mixed French, African, Spanish, and Native American ancestry, most of whom reside in or have familial ties to Louisiana. Research has shown many other ethnicities have contributed to this culture including, but not limited to, German, Irish, and Italian.
Prior to the Civil War, Creoles of Color were known as free people of color, or les gens de couleur libre. This is the name given to them by the French and they are documented in Louisiana history as early as the 1700’s,. Our focus on the 18 th century parallels this origin as well as the architectural history of the Le Citron Bistro location at 1539 Religious St. However, early 19 th century items will also be considered for display.
The contents of the family room will include copies of pictures of Creole family members/individuals; books and publications written about the history of Creole culture, and copies of documents of interest that reflect accomplishments and contributions to society by Creoles.
We are not at liberty to display originals at this time for liability reasons and items become the property of Le Citron Bistro for display purposes. While reproduction costs are borne by the donator of the display, Le Citron Bistro reserves the right to display high quality copies which may result in some donations being respectfully declined. Le Citron Bistro also reserves the right to determine where, when and how to place items on display. Books and publications are for the reading pleasure of Le Citron Bistro customers while on the premises and may not be removed.
We hope to attract researchers and writers to host lectures on related subjects at Le Citron. We have hosted clubs such as the Creole Heritage Education Research Society (CHERS), and the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center as well as the New Orleans Tour Guide Association.
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