Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family's Gift

Elma Sue Mccallum  |  8/29/2016 2:32:24 PM

Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family's Gift

On Monday, Aug. 29, Louisiana Public Broadcasting will premiere “Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift” at 7 p.m.A special encore presentation will air at 11 p.m.

View a preview of the documentary.

The one-hour documentary takes viewers on a journey that begins in the 1800s to meet the Burden family, whose heirs would eventually make an extraordinary gift for future generations. This project is a collaborative endeavor of LPB, the Burden Foundation, LSU and the LSU AgCenter. “Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift” shows how in the center of the busiest corridor of one of Louisiana’s largest cities lies hundreds of acres of fields, forests and remnants of a lifestyle from an earlier century.

Bob Hawthorne, president of the Burden Foundation, said, “We hope more and more people will become familiar with Burden Museum & Gardens through the forthcoming documentary and will take advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities which LSU offers on the property consistent with the Burden family’s dream. There is truly no other place like it.”

As the documentary unfolds, viewers learn that in 1966, Ione, Steele and Mrs. Pike (Jeannette) Burden began donating their 440 rural and wooded acres and farmland to LSU. The family wanted to ensure the protection and care of the flora and fauna, the lush landscapes and the agricultural heritage that now comprise Burden Museum & Gardens.

“We continue to be indebted to the Burden family for their vision to use this property to benefit the people of Louisiana through education and research,” said LSU Vice President for Agriculture William Richardson. “The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden is one of the nation’s premier research and extension centers dedicated to urban agriculture and horticulture.”

The program was produced, written and directed by LPB’s Tika Laudun (“Louisiana A History”; “Katrina 10 Years After”) and photographed and edited by LPB’s Rex Q. Fortenberry.

“Steele Burden said ‘make the world a bit better for the sake of living in it’ and that was truly the way he lived his life – and his family as well,” said Laudun. “Burden Museum and Gardens is a place for people to enjoy and experience a part of Louisiana’s rich history - amazingly right here in the heart of our city.”

Today, Burden Museum & Gardens is made up of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens. Burden Museum & Gardens offers discovery and adventure through historic, natural and educational experiences, providing a window into Louisiana’s rich, cultural past. “Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift” commemorates the 50th anniversary of this state treasure.

For more information, contact Margaret T. Schlaudecker at 800-272-8161, ext. 4276 or 225-767-4276, or email mschlaudecker@lpb.org.

TUNE INTO YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION ON MONDAY, AUGUST 29 AT 7:00 P.M. & 11:00 P.M.

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