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Shown are Darlene Flatt (right) and her husband Earl Flatt, who was the State Farm Insurance district manager.  In the 1950s, they moved to Lafayette from Tennessee. Shown are Darlene Flatt (right) and her husband Earl Flatt, who was the State Farm Insurance district manager. In the 1950s, they moved to Lafayette from Tennessee.
Darlene Flatt (left) and Warren A. Perrin, chairman of the Acadian Museum.  The bottle of Hadacol that Perrin is holding was given to Flatt by her employer in 1951, along with her last pay check.  The special–and perhaps last–Hadacol bottle was donated to Darlene Flatt (left) and Warren A. Perrin, chairman of the Acadian Museum. The bottle of Hadacol that Perrin is holding was given to Flatt by her employer in 1951, along with her last pay check. The special–and perhaps last–Hadacol bottle was donated to

The Acadian Museum of Erath announces a new exhibit entitled "The Life of Sen. Dudley J. LeBlanc, Sr.: Acadian to Cajun." This new exhibit will open on August 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the museum, located at 203 S. Broadway in Erath, Louisiana. The exhibit will herald the beginning of the museum's 25th anniversary celebration, according to the chairman of the executive committee Andy Perrin. "We have recently received some never before exhibited materials which will be of great historical interest to the people of Vermillion Parish and all of South Louisiana," Perrin said. 

Sen. Dudley J. LeBlanc, Sr. developed and marketed a vitamin supplement called HADACOL. The 12% of alcohol in the vitamin was used as a preservative but made the product popular as a cocktail ingredient in the French Quarter. It also became popular in the dry parishes of Louisiana. On September 17, 1951, LeBlanc announced that he had sold the company to the Toby Matz Company of New York. Darlene Flatt of Lafayette, an employee of LeBlanc's until the company's closure, was given a bottle of HADACOL along with her last paycheck. She never opened it and recently donated the bottle to the Acadian Museum for the LeBlanc exhibit. 

Sen. LeBlanc's granddaughter, Michèle LeBlanc, will be present at the event to sponsor the re-release of the historic books that LeBlanc authored. It will be the 50th anniversary of the publication of Acadian Miracle (1966) and the 90th anniversary of the publication of The True Story of the Acadians (1926). 

The museum's 25th anniversary celebration will culminate at 6:30 pm with the Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation and former Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub's induction into the Order of Living Legends. This special event will take place in the Erath Community Center in City Park and will include a dinner. Tickets are available for purchase at $35 per person. 

For more information on the event, contact Warren A. Perrin at 337-233-5832 or perrin@plddo.com; Andy Perrin at 337-233-5832 or andrew@perrinarch.com; or Robert Vincent at 337-937-5585. 

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