Jay joined the staff at Laura in 2001. He is responsible for reservations and the daily operations of the historic site. Jay is a professional genealogist. He is a regular presenter at conferences at events that highlight Louisiana family histories.
En plus de l'anglais, Jay parle également le français.
Joseph is responsible for all aspects of public relations, communications, marketing, and sales efforts at Laura. A part of the Laura team since 1996, he has an intimate knowledge of the history of the site from its founding as a sugar plantation in 1805 to its modern operations as a historic house museum. Joseph's particular expertise is contextualizing the French and Creole linguistic identities of the myriad of people, both free and enslaved, who lived here.
Joseph regularly contributes articles to publications and he is often invited to present at conferences and events in the U.S. and abroad that explore the complex stories of Louisiana's French and Creole-speaking populations.
En plus de l'anglais, Joseph parle français et le kréyol lalwizyann.
Katy received her Bachelors in English and Masters in History from Louisiana State University. She has been a professional historian for over fifteen years and has dedicated her career to uncovering the stories of the enslaved on plantations lining Louisiana's River Road.
Katy is a published author who also presents at conferences and events related to her field of expertise.