The West Baton Rouge Historical Association kicked off 2018 with the induction of new president, Drew Maciasz.
Maciasz grew up in New Roads, Louisiana where he lived in a Victorian home his parents renovated. Living in a home nearly 115 years old began his appreciation for historic preservation he said.
Maciasz works for the Harry L. Laws and Company, Inc., which is a long-time benefactor of the historical association.
“My involvement and my company’s involvement have been one in the same,” Maciasz said.
Harry L. Laws and Company has 13,000 acres of agricultural holdings in West Baton Rouge, Iberville and St. Mary Parishes, including the Cinclair Plantation.
The company has donated ironwork, pictures, whistles from the mill and many various artifacts to the West Baton Rouge Museum over the years.
Former president Lorry Trotter said she is “very impressed” by Maciasz.
Trotter has been a member for 11 years and served one as president. She will continue to serve as ex-officio for the association.
“We are very privileged,” Trotter said. “The citizens of West Baton Rouge have gone out of their way in volunteerism in supporting the library and museum. They all pull together and it makes a difference.”
The WBR Historical Association celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Members are looking forward to the grand opening of the Juke Joint in April and gala to commemorate the year in August, Trotter said.