Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana

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Three annual events co-sponsored by the Society and Commission are the Founders' Day Banquet, the Thomas Jefferson Wreath Ceremony, and Camp Parapet Day. 

The Founders' Day Banquet commemorates the establishment of the Parish of Jefferson on February 11, 1825.  The banquet alternates sides of the river from year to year.

The Thomas Jefferson Wreath Ceremony is held each year in April to celebrate the birth of Thomas Jefferson.  It is held at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse in Gretna, where a statue of Mr. Jefferson greets courthouse patrons.

Camp Parapet Day is held annually in October or November by the Camp's extant powder magazine at the end of Arlington Street off Causeway Boulevard near Jefferson Highway.  The powder magazine is the only remaining structure in the New Orleans area built as fortification for the War Between the States.

In addition, the Society assists the Commission with unveiling of new Louisiana historic highway markers which commemorate sites of interest within Jefferson Parish.