Krewe of Tucumcari

The Krewe of Tucumcari was founded in 1947 when Frank Marks, L. A. Champange, and their wives took a trip on Route 66 out west to New Mexico. While there they heard an Apache legend of ill-fated love.  The story goes that Chief Wautonomah had a beautiful daughter named Kari for whom he wished to find a suitable husband.  Two suitors stepped forward; one named Tonopah and the other named Tocom.  To determine who was to marry Kari, the two warriors were to fight to the death.  Unbeknownst to Chief Wautonomah, Kari and Tocom were in love.  As the battle ensued, Kari watched hidden.  The two young men fought fiercely and in the end Tonopah plunged a knife into Tocom’s heart, killing him instantly.  In her grief, Kari ran onto the battle field, grabbed the knife and killed herself with it.  Shocked at the turn of events, Chief Wautonomah, in his grief picked up the knife and also killed himself.  As he died he cried “Tocom-Kari”.

This all-male krewe is the oldest continuously operating krewe in Baton Rouge.  They do not parade, but host an annual ball featuring an elaborate tableau.  Each ball has a theme that changes every year and the tableau is based on this theme.

On display on the second floor of the Main Library at Goodwood, just outside of the Special Collections department is a set of three costumes from the Krewe of Tucumcari:

The large orange costume was worn by Ball Captain Chester Welch in 2007. This was the Krewe’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding.  The costume represents Chief Wautonomah, the head of the Apache tribe that gave the krewe it’s name.  Featuring bright red, orange and yellow tunic, trousers and breech cloth decorated with bead work, the costume was designed by Susan Denoux and crafted by the krewe’s long time seamstress, Madge Gomez who passed away in 2011. The ensemble is topped with an impressive head dress measuring nearly 3 feet high.

The center costume on display is from 2009.  The theme of the ball this year was “Dance Dance Dance”.  Chester Welch served as “The King of Swing”.  This costume was also crafted by Madge Gomez.  The ensemble consists of a long sleeve tunic embellished with a treble clef on the front.  Topped with a gold lame sleeveless tunic and a large collar, both pieces are adorned with musical notes and fleur-de-lis.  When it was worn the ensemble was paired with tall gold boots and a custom-made gold scepter and crown, both featuring a fleur-de-lis design.

The third costume on display is from 2012.  The theme that year was “Tribute to Broadway”.  Emma Dozier was Queen Tucumcari LXV and took her bow as Anna Leonowens from the King and I. The cotton candy colored ball gown, designed by Masquerade Costumes of New Orleans, was based on a dress worn by Deborah Kerr in the 1956 film adaptation of the play.  The peau-de-soie antebellum ball gown which was slightly modified to have a less full skirt for easier motion and featured a matching train embellished with the “K of T” initials. The ensemble was finished with a Medici collar of gold lace and a scepter and crown with a classic filigree pattern of silver and Swarovski crystals (not pictured).

This display will be available through the end of February 2020.

post by Melissa Eastin

Resume Seminar

On Saturday, Febraury 22nd, at the Main Libary on Goodwood, join us at 10 AM to learn how to spice up your resume. Lynnette Lee of the Career Center will lead a workshop on how to write a great resume.

  • Learn to structure your resume so that it showcases your most valuable skills
  • Learn formatting techniques that will make your resume look clean and professional
  • Learn the biggest red flags employers look for on resumes and how to avoid them

Registration required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online here.

Yes, They Are Hiring: State and City-Parish Civil Service

Come to the Main Library on Goodwood and learn all about State and City/Parish job openings and how to apply for them.

On Wednesday, February 19th, at 10:30AM, a representative from the Louisiana Department of Civil Service will discuss the positions the State will be hiring for, the career paths the different State Agencies offer, and how to apply for them.

A representative of The Recruitment and Examination Division, City of Baton Rouge/Parish of EBR will discuss the different career options City/Parish Government offers, openings they are seeking to fill, and application procedures.

Please note that this is an informational seminar, not a job fair. Registration is required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online here.

African American Read-In

Each year during the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations and interested citizens of all races and ethnic backgrounds are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African-American Read-In. Everyone is invited to the Library to enjoy and/or participate in several FREE programs to celebrate this annual event! To find out more about the national program, visit, and then select the ‘Get Involved’ tab. Registration is required for all. To register, call the Library branch location where the event is taking place.

Here’s the program schedule:

  • •3-5 p.m. Sunday, February 16, Eden Park Branch
  • •2-5 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • •3 p.m. Saturday, February 22, Scotlandville Branch
  • •4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, Carver Branch

Advance Your Career with MOOCs

Are you looking to learn more about a subject in your field in order to advance your career? Or you simply want to learn more about a subject that catches your interest? MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses that have become a popular approach to learning new subjects and skills. This seminar will introduce you to:

  • What MOOCs are
  • What different MOOCs are out there on the internet
  • How much they cost (many are free or inexpensive)
  • What degrees or certificates you can earn
  • How MOOCs can help advance your career

The seminar will be led by Rick Wright and Meagan Davenport of the Career Center. Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood next Thursday, February 13th, at 6 PM. Registration is required; please call 225-231-3733 or register online here.

Goodnight Storytime

Did you know that every Monday night at 7 PM, you and your child can attend a library storytime from the comfort of your own home? Every Monday on our EBRP Library Kids Facebook Page, you can get a new video of a librarian reading a beloved children’s book. These stories all will be wonderful children’s classics that, in accordance with copyright laws, have been approved for public performance. Previously posted storytimes also can be viewed. We hope that this will encourage parents to read bedtime stories to children each night for the rest of the week!

The new posts go up at 7 PM right there on our Kids Facebook page, and you can find all the other videos there, too. Spread the love of reading by starting a Facebook watch party with friends and relatives who live out of town!

Mid City Micro-Con: Call for Vendors!

Calling all comics artists – if you live in the Greater Baton Rouge Area and draw, write, color, ink, or do anything else with comics or graphic works, the library’s Mid City Micro-Con is looking for you!

WE PROVIDE: Free table space where you can sell your work! Panels and workshops with some of Louisiana’s best-loved comics creators! Snacks!

YOU PROVIDE: Comics! Cartoons! Cosplay! The possibilities are endless – but vendor space is not, so apply online today!

Background Checks for Employment

Running a background check on potential employees has become a standard part of the hiring process. Could there be something in your background that is hurting your chances of being hired? Alexis Anderson, former human resources director and founder of the nonprofit PREACH, will discuss what types of information can be found in these checks and what a job seeker can do to improve his or her situation.

This program will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 11:30 AM – 1 PM, at the Main Library on Goodwood. Registration is required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online here.