Preserving Our Past

West Baton Rouge Historical AssociationThe West Baton Rouge Historical Association was formed in 1968, conceived by Mrs. Ethel Claiborne Dameron. The founders of the Association, seven dedicated women, met for the first time on June 17, 1968 at the Port Allen home of Mrs. Dameron. The Association’s mission was and still is directed toward promoting an interest in history, especially that of West Baton Rouge Parish. Out of their desire to maintain a sense of the past despite all the changes taking place around the parish in the latter part of the 20th century, they founded a “keepsake museum” – the West Baton Rouge Museum.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Local citizens have worked tirelessly to research sites in this parish for nomination. Many other sites of historic and cultural interest exist in the parish that are not on the register but that are denoted with an informative historic marker. More information about these sites can be found here.