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Re-enactors based in Thibodaux will tell the history of the Bayou Lafourche region during the Civil War and demonstrate camp cooking, military drill and other aspects of life in the Union and Confederate armies this weekend.

The unit called Hellfire Stew Mess/Bouanchaud's Battery will spend the weekend encamped at the E.D. White Historic Site.

A news release from the Louisiana State Museum and Friends of E.D. White Historic Site says the event is free and open to the public.

Just inside a room on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere, there's a large baby doll dress, big enough for a woman to wear. And one did.

The costume and the baby bottle next to it belonged to 85-year-old Miriam Batiste Reed, who was known as a baby doll and one of the first women to parade in Mardi Gras. The bottle and the dress are part of a new exhibition, They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition.

A program focused on the 198th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans is planned Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter.

Tulane University graduate student Shelene Roumillat will focus on how during the 19th century the anniversary of the battle was a major holiday in New Orleans.

In the battle, fought Jan. 8, 1815 — weeks after a peace treaty ended the War of 1812 — a force of American troops, pirates and local residents routed a British Army at a plantation in St. Bernard Parish.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has chosen a Baton Rouge native to lead the Louisiana State Museum system as assistant secretary in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Mark Tullos will begin the job Jan. 21, overseeing 11 museum sites around the state, including the Cabildo in New Orleans and the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

Dardenne's office announced the hiring Monday.

Zulu 100th Anniversary

Jan 8, 2009

2009 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, one of New Orleans' most renowned benevolent societies and Carnival organizations. A yearlong exhibit opens tomorrow at the Louisiana State Museum in Jackson Square, exploring Zulu's origins, unique Carnival traditions and civic contributions.

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