This partnered program between The Historic New Orleans Collection and The National WWII Museum discusses Cajuns in World War II and how their experiences helped them experience a renaissance of their culture in the post-war years.
During World War II, young bilingual Cajuns from south Louisiana proved to be invaluable assets to the military overseas as French language interpreters and translators. Join us for a virtual presentation on their wartime experience and how it forged a renewed sense of pride in their Cajun culture and heritage.
Amanda McFillen from The Historic New Orleans Collection will host a presentation by Jason Theriot, PhD, author of the upcoming book—Frenchie, The Story of French Speaking Cajuns of WWII—and host of the forthcoming podcast Frenchie, which features stories from the Cajun WWII veterans themselves. Jason Dawsey, PhD, Research Historian at the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at The National WWII Museum, will lead the discussion with Dr. Theriot.
This program is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection and The National WWII Museum.
Cajun Document: Acadiana, 1973-74 is on display through January 17 at THNOC, 520 Royal Street. Admission is free.