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Volume 1999 - Issue 5                   Abbeville, Louisiana                     August 1997

Congres Mondial Acadien - Louisiane '99 Highlights

Saturday, July 31, 1999
Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns, Liberty Theater, Eunice, Louisiana

Sunday, August 1, 1999
Congres Opening Ceremonies and Concert, Houma, Louisiana

Monday, August 2, 1999
Twinning Celebration St. Joseph Church, Chauvin, LA / Ste. Anneldu Ruisseau, NS, Chauvin, Louisiana

Tuesday, August 3, 1999
Twinning Celebration, Larose, LA / Comeauville, NS, Larose, Louisiana

Wednesday, August 4, 1999
Twinning Celebration, Leeville, LA / Grosses Coques, NS, Leeville, LA

Thursday, August 5, 1999
Genealogical Symposium, Lafourche Heritage Society and Nicholls State University, Thibodeaux, Louisiana

Numerous Community Breakfasts throughout Acadiana

Friday, August 6, 1999
Twinning Celebrations, Port Allen, LA / Clare, NS, Port Allen, Louisiana Vacherie, LA / Saint-Jacques, NB Celebration at Oak Alley Plantation / John Folse Food Presentation, Vacherie, Louisiana

Saturday, August 7, 1999
9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Giant Egg Omelette (Omelette Giante) sponsored by the HEBERT FAMILY REUNION
The Hebert Reunion ENDS after 2 P.M. Closing & French / English MASS, Abbeville, Louisiana

Sunday, August 8, 1999
Cajun French Music Association, Chapitre de Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Louisiana
St. James Historical Society, Heritage Day, Gramercy, Louisiana

Monday, August 9, 1999
Numerous House Decorating Contests, Acadian Art Exhibits, and Acadian Cinema Festivals Throughout Acadiana

Tuesday, August 10, 1999
Twinning Celebration, Scott, LA / Memramcook, NB, Scott, Louisiana

Wednesday, August 11, 1999
Academic Conference, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
Twinning Celebration, St. Martinville, LA / Bouctouche, NB, St. Martinville, Louisiana

Thursday, August 12, 1999
Academic Conference, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana

Friday, August 13, 1999
Twinning Celebration, Lafayette, LA / Monctan, NB, Lafayette, Louisiana
Leblanc Family Reunion Begins, Erath, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
Vincent Family Reunion Begins, Kaplan, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Saturday, August 14, 1999
Cajun French Music Association, "Le Cajun Award Ceremonies", Lafayette, Louisiana
Rendez-vous des Cajun, Eunice, Louisiana

Sunday, August 15, 1999
Fete de l'Assomption et Fete Nationale des Acadiens
Congres Closing Ceremony and Concert, Lafayette, Louisiana

Two full weeks (three weekends) of fun, culture, history, education, and love awaits each of you, your families, neighbors, and friends from throughout the world! Mais oui, Le Congres Mondial Acadiane - Louisiane 1999!

A Special Event (Un Evénément Spécial) By Beverly Desormeaux Hebert
     (continued from Issue 4)

According to Legend, when Napoleon and his Army were traveling through the south of France, they decided to rest for the night near the town of Bessieres. Napoleon feasted on an omelette prepared by a local innkeeper. It was such a culinary delight that he ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the village and to prepare a huge omelette for his Army the next day. From this beginning, the omelette later became a tradition to feed the poor of the village at Easter. It has also become the symbol of a worldwide fraternity, rich in friendship, traditions, and cultural exchange known as the ConfrBrie. The ConfrBrie d'Abbeville has agreed to show the Heberts of the world how this omelette is cooked and served. Come to Abbeville, Louisiana, for the August 6 & 7, 1999, reunion and savor what Abbeville has to offer. This experience will be long remembered.

(to be continued)

Selon la legende quand Napoleon et son armee traversaient le sud de la France, ils ont decide de s'arreter pour la nuit pres de la ville de BessiBres. Napoleon a ete servi une omelette preparee par I'aubergiste.C'etait tellement delicieuse qu'il a ordonne cue las citoyens ramassent tous las oeufs de la ville at qu'une omelette geante soit preparee pour servir a son armee le lendemain. De ce commencement, la distribution de I'omelette aux pauvres pour pgques est deverrue une tradition. C'est aussi devenu un symbols d'une Confrerie Mondiale oh on fete i'amitie, la tradition, at das ectranges culturels.

La Confrerie d'Abbeville a accepte de preparer at de servir une Omelette pour la reunion qui aura lieu a Abbevitle an Aout 1999. Venet a Abbeville le 6 at 7 Aout, 1999, at decouvfer ce que nous pouvons vous offrir! Ca sera une experience dent vous ailez vous souvenir pour longtemps.

(a suivre)

Celebrity Héberts

Do you know any? We would love to hear from you if you do. We know a few, but surely there are more. How about these:

Earl Hebert, Nationally known Artist,

Sheila Hebert Collins, Author of Cajun-French versions of popular children's stories.

Timothy "Tim'' Hebert, Author of several books on Acadian Genealogy and Culture.

Louis-Phillippe Hebert (1850-1917) (m.Marie Roy), Sculptor of Statue "Evangeline" located in the Grand Pre National Park and the Statue "Les Acadiens" located in Seminaire de Nicolet.

Pierre-Maurice Hebert, Internationally known author of many books on Acadians, including Les Acadiens du Quebec.

Robert "Bobby" Hebert, President of McNeese University, Lake Charles, LA.

Edward F. Hebert (dec.), Member United States Congress from Louisiana.

“becoming one of the pioneer settlers of Vermilion Parish, where many of his descendants still live.” Robert C. West

(Excerpted from An Atlas of Louisiana Surnames of French & Spanish Origin) By Robert C. West

The other important line of Heberts in the Attakapas began in Louisiana with Jean-Baptiste dit Emmanuel, whose widow, Claire Robichaux, by 1766 had been settled with her family as Acadian refugees in St. James Parish. Three of her sons left for the Attakapas: Jean-Baptiste, Jr., (m. 1768 Theotiste Hebert) was living near St. Martinville by 1766 and his brothers, Joseph (m. 1762 Francoise Hebert) and Mathurin (m. 1787 Catherine Dore) arrived sometime before 1789. All three settled in the Fausse Pointe area along the Teche opposite present New Iberia. By the 1820's Maturin's three sons had obtained land along the lower Teche in St. Mary Parish, and at least one, Philibert, became a sugar planter near Charenton. A grandson of Jean- Baptiste, Jr., Placide (m. 1825 Adeline Theriot; 1834 Adeline Richard) and likewise one of Joseph--Alexandre (m. 1820 Clarisse Broussard) -- both left the Teche area in the 1820's to seek opportunites in cattle ranching in the Calcasieu Parish, settling eventually on the Mermentu River near present Lake Arthur. By 1850 ten Hebert families lived in the Calcasieu, most of them along the Mermentau; by 1880 there were fifteen Hebert households in Calcasieu Parish, ten in Cameron.

The Bayou LaFourche-Terrebonne area was the third major locale occupied by Heberts in the late eighteenth century. Most of them arrived in 1785 with the large Acadian migration from France. On various of the seven ships that transported the refugees were eighteen Hebert families, at least eight of whom were sent to live along the LaFourche in what is now Assumption Parish; others went to the Attakapas or to the Acadian Coast along the Mississippi, whence some members eventually filtered into the LaFourche-Terrebonne area. One of the more prolific Hebert families of Bayou LaFourche was that headed by Jean-Pierre and Suzanne Pitre who arrived with their five sons on the refugee ship La Ville d'Archangel from St. Malo, France in 1785. Sons Pierre (m. 1788 Anne Aucoin), Joseph (m. 1788 Marie Thibodeaux), and Matherne (m. 1797 Marie Bourg) and their descendants settled along the LaFourche near Thibodeauxville; however, son Jean-Baptiste (m. 1795 Elizabeth Bourg) and his progeny ventured into Terrebonne Parish, making homes along Bayous Terrebonne, Black, and Chacahoula. Another important Hebert family of the LaFourche was that of Joseph (m. 1786 Marie-Jeanne Durembourg), who arrived with his parents on the St. Remi and whose descendants by the 1840's had penetrated southward along Bayous Terrebonne and Petite Caillou toward the coastal marshes.

Today Hebert families occur in southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas from New Orleans to Houston, with concentrations persisting in two areas of initial settlement -- Bayou LaFourche-Terrebonne and the Teche country. A former concentration along the Mississippi in Ascension, Iberville, and West Baton Rouge parishes appears to have weakened during the past 50 or 75 years, probably because of movement into Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The End


On December 6 L'Association des Hebert du Monde will host its first membership social in Abbeville. Abbeville begins its Christmas celebration on that weekend; therefore, this is a great time for us to get together for fellowship. Abbeville has several wonderful restaurants that you may like to visit when you are in town for that weekend or for the late afternoon of December 6.

Christmas in Abbeville Itinerary

7:00 p.m. Walking Tour of Abbeville at Christmas... Hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the city... Beautifully lighted majestic oaks on both squares... A great opportunity to walk off that delicious meal you may have had earlier.

8:00 p.m. Our hosts Bobby and Beverly Desormeaux Hebert are planning a great sweets table in their home that promises to be a real Treat. There will be coffee, wine, and maybe a real punchy punch also. For those of you who wish to stay overnight on December 6 and do not have family living in the area, we have the Sunbelt Lodge Motel, located on Hwy 14-Bypass, that we can recommend to you. The motel phone number is: 318-898-1453. It would help if we got an RSVP to make sure we have enough sweets for all those "sweet" people who might be coming. RSVP 318-893-2575 or 318-893-2381. But if you decide to come at the last minute, come on! We can always pick up some Oreo's.


The September 14 meeting which was to be held in Lake Charles has been relocated to: Sunday, September 14, 2:30 p.m,, Abbeville City Courtroom, South State Street (one block south of the Courthouse)


Although the Hebert get together at Thanksgiving in Houston may go on as planned (not definite), the meetings of November 29th will not be held in Houston. Many of our members are planning Thanksgiving at home and will be unable to attend the meeting. Those of you who still wish to make the outing in Houston may contact Steff Hebert by writing her at 1103 Cheshire St., Houston, TX 77018.

La Gazette HÉBERT
Official Newsletter of The Association of Héberts of the World

c/o Russell Gaspard, Editor P. O. Box 375 Abbeville, LA 70511-0375 Fax: 318-893-4119

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