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Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana

P.O. Box 84635

Baton Rouge, LA 70884

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PAST MEETINGS AND EVENTS

September 2019

"Allemans of Pierre Part"

Sep 7, 2019 at 11 AM – 2 PM


Speakers: Chad Leblanc and Alleman family members

Discussion on the Alleman's of Pierre Part and related members, with a focus on the families of Edward and Ebdon Alleman.

The meeting is open to the public

Hosted by: CIHSL

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd,

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810

August 2019

 

"Language in Louisiana"

Aug 3, 2019 at 11 AM – 2 PM


Speakers: Dr. Dorian Dorado & Dr. Rafael Orozco

An upcoming book "Language in Louisiana: Community and Culture" will feature a section on the Spanish language in Louisiana, written by Dr. Dorian Dorado & Dr. Rafael Orozco. They will speak about their upcoming book, specifically about their section on Louisiana's Spanish language.

May 2019

Speakers: Dr. Dorian Dorado & Dr. Rafael Orozco
Topic: "Language in Louisiana"
Sponsor: CIHSL

An upcoming book "Language in Louisiana: Community and Culture" will feature a section on the Spanish language in Louisiana, written by Dr. Dorian Dorado & Dr. Rafael Orozco. They spoke about their upcoming book, specifically about their section on Louisiana's Spanish language.

April 2019

Speaker: Wade Falcon
Topic: "Ancestry and Musical Legacy of Joe Falcon and Cleoma Breaux"
Sponsor: CIHSL

In 1928, two Louisiana musicians from two families joined forces to create history. Isleno descendant Joe Falcon and Acadian descendant Cleoma Breaux recorded the very first Cajun commercial recording in New Orleans. Since then their music has been featured across Louisiana for decades. Recently, they have been the feature of a film called American Epic in 2016 and have gained popularity in the Canaries, even featured on an episode of "La Huella Islena" back in 2017.

Wade Falcon presented their ancestry, lives, and musical careers of these Cajun recording artists. He covered their family's origins as well as describe their life and times through the years. March 2019

No meeting

February 2019

Our February meeting featured speaker Dr. Charles Holloway who spoke about the Spanish spoken in the Brule areas around Donaldsonville. Dr. Holloway presented a very interesting presentation highlighting the differences between the traditional Spanish spoken in most areas and the dialect of the Brule people. He also contrasted and compared how the French language influenced this unique dialect.

January 2019

At our January meeting, 2019 officers and board members were sworn in to begin their terms of service. Officers and board members for 2019 are as follows: President - Chad J. LeBlanc, Vice-President - Vacant, Secretary - Alisa Janney, Treasurer - Stephen Estopinal, Board Members: Denise Alleman Lindsly, Gwen Hanna, Janelle Hickey, Karen Lambert, Past-President: Joan Aleman.

Members screened the documentary, Islenos: A Root of America, the award winning film by Eduardo Cubillo. The film does an excellent job of telling the story of how the Islenos came to be in South Louisiana and featuring modern day descendants who carry on their way of life today.

PAST MEETINGS AND EVENTS - 2018

December 2018

In December, members of the society gathered at the home of Chad LeBlanc for a holiday party. Outgoing society president Joan Aleman was presented with a plaque commemorating her years of service and leadership to the organization.

November 2018

Our November meeting featured society treasurer, our own Stephen Estopinal who spoke about "The Pig in Louisiana". He presented an interesting program highlight the origins of the animal and its importance in the lives of the early settlers of our area. Members and guests enjoyed the presentation along with delicious pulled pork prepared by Steven and his wife Marie.

We also held annual elections. Everyone on the slate of candidates were elected by acclimation as they were all unopposed. 

Officers and board members for 2019 are as follows: President - Chad J. LeBlanc, Vice-President - Vacant (previously Chad J. LeBlanc), Secretary - Alisa Janney, Treasurer - Stephen Estopinal, Board Members: Denise Alleman Lindsly, Gwen Hanna, Janelle Hickey, Karen Lambert

October 2018

Our society did not hold a meeting of its own, but rather joined with the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society at their fall seminar, held at the State Archives building on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge. The topic of the seminar was the Islenos of Louisiana. Speakers William Hyland, John Hickey, and Stephen Estopinal delivered presentations on the various aspects of the Islenos history and heritage.

Videos of the various presentations are posted on the society's Facebook page located here.

Click the links below for the video presentations:

William De Marigny "Bill" Hyland - The Canary Islands

William De Marigny "Bill" Hyland - Tierra de Bueyes

Stephen Estopinal - The Military Contribution of the Islenos

John Hickey - Valenzuela, Barataria, Galveztown

Here are links to the videos that Marty Guidry showed during the seminar:

Irvan Perez perfoming a Decima on Rendez-Vous des Cajuns - https://vimeo.com/22404507

Irvan & Alvin Perez on Rendez-Vous des Cajuns - https://vimeo.com/22401667

Irvan and Alvin Perez discuss carving duck decoys - https://vimeo.com/22406541

Traditional Canary Island Dance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b8hZFC_G1E

Gran Canaria - Traditional Dance & Live Music! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORvU8DZhccE

Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo Gomero - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgEmSb0cKBg

Say it in a whistle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBfwHMJtM7M

September 2018

Member Wade Falcon spoke about The Isleños of Pensacola. In June of 1779, the last of the main Canary Islander ships, El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, left Tenerife bound for New Orleans. It never made it to it's destination. The American Revolutionary War was waging and Spain would soon enter. Fearing capture by the English, the ship captain of El Sagrado and Isleno families aboard disembarked in Cuba in July of 1779. What they thought would be a short layover turned into a three year stay on the island. Wade presented the journey of this ship, the stay in Cuba, the battle of Pensacola, the routes in which these families took to get to Pensacola along with neighboring cities, and the scant legacy left behind of these families that never made it to the other Isleno settlements. 
 

Click here to download a copy of the presentation

August 2018

Society Vice-President Chad LeBlanc spoke about his book, "The Islenos of Pierre Part", which traces the lineage of people in the town of Pierre Part back to their Canarian roots. He presented the story of the Islenos, their migration to Louisiana, and their eventual relocation to the Pierre Part area.

July 2018

​Our Society did not have a regular meeting in July, but instead met in support of folks in the Thibodaux area looking to establish a new group of the Sons of the American Revolution.

During the American Revolution, Louisiana militiamen under General Gálvez supported the Americans by driving the British out of the Gulf Coast. Descendants of these militiamen are eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Anyone who can trace their Louisiana Roots to the years 1779-1781 are very likely descendants of these soldiers.

Author Chad LeBlanc discussed his book on the Canary Islanders of Pierre Part, and Greg Lindsly of the SAR discussed the requirements for joining SAR - DAR. Persons interested in finding their ancestral connection to the American Revolution are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, July 14th beginning at 11:00 am at the Thibodaux Library, 705 W. 5th Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana. At this workshop, members of the SAR will be on hand to help you trace your ancestry to persons eligible for application to the organization. Click here to see Greg's presentation on the SAR.

June 2018

​Louisiana became a colony of France in 1682. France ceded Louisiana to Spain in 1763. As hostilities
between the English colonists and British soldiers grew, the Spanish Crown sought to increase its military
presence in Louisiana. This led to the recruitment of 700 soldiers from the Canary Islands for settlement in
Louisiana between 1778 and 1779. These soldiers fought with Galvez in his campaigns against the British
during the American Revolution, making their descendants eligible for membership in the Sons of the American
Revolution (SAR) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).


At our June meeting, members Gwen Hanna and Greg Lindsly discussed the requirements for
joining SAR, DAR, First Families of Louisiana, and other programs that recognize the contributions of our
Canary Islander ancestors.

May 2018

Our May meeting featured speaker Cliff “Chachie” LeGrange, known as “Chachie of the Atchafayala,” who is considered the go-to historian of
the Atchafalaya Basin. He has been hunting and fishing in the Central Atchafalaya Basin since 1963 and has
been involved with the Atchafalaya Basin Landowners and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries organization in
improving the quality of hunting and fishing in the basin since the 1970s. In 2011, he published his first
book Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana: Spirit of the Atchafalaya, which aims to share and preserve the rich history of
the Atchafalaya Basin. Mr. LaGrange spoke about the cultures that formed communities in and near
the basin and about his new book, ‘Heritage of the Atchafalaya, A Natural and Cultural History of the Atchafalaya Basin’.

April 2018

Society Member Dr. Carroll Falcon gave a presentation on his recent trip to Gran Canaria. He presented his photos of historic sites and recalled personal stories about his visit.

 

March 2018

We joined our Isleños cousins down in St. Bernard for their annual Fiesta. 

February 2018

Society Vice-President Chad LeBlanc presented his work on the Isleños of Pierre Part at the Assumption Parish Library's Pierre Part branch located in Pierre Part. He spoke about the history of the people who came from the islands and their huge impact on the numerous descendants who live in the town today. The meeting was very well attended by both members and guests alike. Thanks to the Friends of the Library in Pierre Part for hosting the meeting and their hospitality.

His work has been compiled into a book - "The Isleños of Pierre Part" which is available here.

January 2018

Speaker Greg Lindsly delivered a presentation on the Canary Islanders that migrated to the area of southwest Louisiana. He presented information gathered from the Southwest Louisiana Records of the Catholic Church, by Rev. Donald Hebert. Click here to see a copy of his presentation.

PAST MEETINGS AND EVENTS - 2017

December 2017

Society members gathered for a holiday social.

November 2017

Society member and treasurer Stephen Estopinal discussed the volcanic island of La Gomera, its stunning topography and the whistle language of Silbo, unique to that island. 

October 2017

Our society celebrated its 21st anniversary with a meeting at the Gonzales branch of the Ascension Parish Library. Speakers were John Hickey who spoke about the history of the town of Gonzales and Karen Decoteau Lambert who spoke about the Diez and Sevario families.

Click here to see pictures from the meeting.

September 2017

Long time society member Paul Newfield spoke about Estevan Hernandez, who many of our members have in our lineage.  Many of us have questions about him and have hit a brick wall.  He shared what he has learned about this Hernandez descendant. 

August 2017

​Society member, Rogers Romero shared his knowledge of how the Southeast Louisiana Spanish and the Acadians came together after about three (3) generations. He had displays depicting his Malaquenos and Isleño lines. He gave a very interesting presentation.

July 2017

We did not have a meeting in July.

June 2017

Member Terry Thibodeaux presented an interesting topic, The Role of Jews in Spain and the Canary Islands. He described the effect of the Inquisition on the Canarian Jews and how some became "crypto-Jews": Jews who converted to Catholicism but maintained cultural rituals and practices that were historically Jewish.

Click here to download Terry's presentation materials.

Click here to see the video of his presentation

May 2017

​Members shared their genealogy charts, family photos, etc. Several members brought their charts to go over with fellow members and make connections on various branches that they had been researching.

Click here to see photos from the meeting.

 

April 2017

Renée Richard, Assistant Archivist of the Diocese of Baton Rouge gave a presentation about the construction of the new Catholic diocese records building and what it means to researchers. She also spoke the three publication projects in the works and volumes of the diocese records available through Amazon. We learned about those things which are available to the public via the Archives website and Facebook page. Renee also shared some of the interesting findings in the records that are not published.

March 2017

On March 4-5, our society attended and participated in the Islenos Fiesta down in St. Bernard. We had an exhibit showing our society's history, records and materials from over the years. Board member Chad LeBlanc and long time society member John Hickey gave presentations on Galveztown and Valenzuela.

On Monday, March 6th, Pedro Rodriguez Zaragoza . Vice Minister of Gobierno de Canarias External Affairs and other dignitaries of the Canary Islands visited Baton Rouge and met with members of our society at the Bluebonnet library..

February 2017

Ms. Stella Tanoos presented the results of her extensive research into the history of the Louisiana cattle drives of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries at the February 4th regular meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana. The little known cattle trails across southwest Louisiana pre-dated the famous western cattle drives by more than a century.

Click here to see pictures from the meeting

January 2017 

We did not have a meeting in January.

PAST MEETINGS AND EVENTS - 2016

December 2016

Our society gathered for a holiday celebration where we shared food and fellowship. Society member and Canarian Sergio Ramos performed the swearing in of our newly elected board members and officers. 

Click here to see pictures from the meeting.

November 2016

We were honored to have a Louisiana teacher who is a native of the Island of Tenerife as our speaker for our November 5th meeting.

Doña Maria Candelaria “Cande” Rodriguez y Lorenzo gave a talk, entitled “Mis Raíces, Nuestras Raíces” (My Roots, Our Roots) that presented a modern view of the Canary Islands and our common ancestry. Also at the meeting, nominating committee Chairman Janelle Hickey and committee members Rose Marie Powell, John Hickey and Denise Lindsly presented the following proposed slate for the positions of President, Joan Alemán; Secretary, Karen Lambert; Board Positions, Gwen Hanna and Denise Lindsly.  These positions are for the years 2017 and 2018. The slate of candidates were all unanimously elected to office. The newly elected Officers/Board Members will be installed at the December 3rd meeting and will take office in January 2017.

October 2016

Our society gathered at the Capital Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge to celebrate our 20th anniversary and the 238th anniversary of the arrival of the Canary Islanders to Louisiana. There was an exhibit displayed featuring the documents of the 1778-1781 passenger lists, the Revolutionary War Louisiana Militia Rosters, the making of Tenerife lace, and the extensive photo collection of member Dennis Delaney. Treasurer Steve Estopinal gave a presentation on the challenges that faced the colonial settlers. Members enjoyed snacks and a special cake to commemorate the occasion. 

Click here to see photos from the event.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution along with the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana participated in a ceremony commemorating the September 21, 1779 Spanish victory over the British at the Battle of Baton Rouge in support of the American Revolution. The presentation of memorial wreaths took place at the original site of the fort located between the State Capitol Welcome Center and the Pentagon Barracks Museum.

Click here to see a photo from the event.

September 2016 -

Our speaker was Christopher Achee, a descendant of Don Carlos de Grand-Pre, the last Spanish commander of the fort at Baton Rouge. He presented a program about Colonial Louisiana and Spain's critical aid to the American Revolution. Mr. Achee is the branch manager of the Ascension Parish library in Gonzales. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons and Daughters of the Province and Republic of West Florida. 

August 2016 -

Greg and Denise Alleman Lindsly presented a Power Point Presentation with information on several Aleman families that left the Canary Islands

and arrived in Louisiana in the 1779 time frame and settled the area of Bayou Lafourche, LA there raising large

families.  Their program introduced the Aleman’s from the Canaries who left decendants in Louisiana, and was concentrated on Juan de Aleman and his wife Juana Ramirez and their five children

that accompanied them and two more that were born after they arrived.  Much of their expansive family tree

was provided and some of the history and accomplishments of the family was highlighted.  The Aleman

association with the Cosa Natural plantation was also discussed.

Here is a link to the presentation.

July 2016 - 

We did not have a meeting in July.

June 2016 - 

Society member Stephen Estopinal presented information on a real life incident that occurred in  

St. Bernard Parish in 1926 between Leander Perez, then DA of neighboring Plaquemines Parish, and the local Isleño residents (original Spanish settlers to Louisiana) over fur trapping lands.  Stephen’s ancestors were involved in the trappers’ war and he recalled stories he was told by his grandfather about the event.

 

May 2016 - Members gathered to celebrate Dia de la Cruz, the day of the cross, a holiday celebrated throughout the Canaries. Members decorated crosses with flowers and shared a meal.

 

April 2016 - Board Member Chad LeBlanc spoke about the newly update website and members only applications that have been implemented.

 

March 2016 - Annual Isleños Fiesta

Click here to see photos from the Fiesta.

 

February 2016 - The Brulees

Speaker Carroll Falcon spoke about his research findings on these places our ancestors lived.

 

January 2016 - No meeting