I am writing a book about the "Evangeline girls" who accompanied politician and businessman Dudley LeBlanc to Washington, D.C., and Canada in 1930.
This is an important but thus far overlooked chapter in the history of the Cajun people: LeBlanc selected young women to represent various south Louisiana communities, gave them each a sash imprinted with their community's name, and accompanied them on this early goodwill trip to meet our Acadian cousins in Nova Scotia — the first group contact between persons of Acadian heritage in Canada and those in south Louisiana since the expulsion that began in 1755.
I would like to hear from relatives of these "Evangeline girls" in the hope that they have information, perhaps even letters, diaries, and photographs, that would assist my research about the 1930 trip. If they read this letter, I ask them to please contact me by phone at 337-233-5832, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or regular mail at P. O. Box 53597, Lafayette LA 70505.
Warren A. Perrin
Chairman, Acadian Museum, Erath