Check It Out: German State Coast Topic at Library Lecture | St. Tammany Community News

The St. Tammany Genealogical Society and St. Tammany Parish Library have partnered for an Aug. 13 presentation on the 300-year history of Louisiana’s “German Coast,” led by Jay Schexnaydre, president of the German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society.

The 10 a.m. event at the Causeway Branch, 3457 US 190 in Mandeville, will feature insight into Schexnaydre, including the founding families’ European origins, their reasons for immigration, and their settlement and migration patterns in southern Louisiana.

Schexnaydre is a 10th-generation native of St. James Parish Convent along the Mississippi River, where his ancestors resided for 300 years. He has been president of the company since 2016, sits on the board of directors of the Lafourche Heritage Society and has been actively researching his genealogy since 1996.

This event is free and open to the public, and offered in person with a virtual option. There will be a meet and greet with light refreshments 30 minutes prior to the start of the event. Seating is limited to adults, but registration is required at

Also at the libraries, there is help for nonprofits seeking grants and wanting to learn how to better navigate available grant opportunities. Nonprofits are invited to come learn how to use the Library’s Foundation Directory, a comprehensive search tool for fundraisers with more than 239,000 grantmaker profiles.

Participants will learn how to seek out funders who have funded organizations working on causes with communities similar to those served in St. Tammany. Windows 10 computers will be provided to each participant for the duration of the course. This free event will take place at noon on August 25 at the Covington branch, 310 W. 21st Ave. It is open to the public and places are limited to adults. Register online at or call the branch at (985) 893-6280.

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