James Trahan inducted into Acadian Museum
One of the newest members inducted as a Living Legend by the Acadian Museum of Erath is James Trahan. Since 1997, the museum has recognized and honored those individuals who help shape and define our Cajun culture.
James Trahan was born in Rayne, Louisiana, and grew up on a farm in southeast Acadia Parish. He attended Mire Elementary School and graduated from Rayne High School in 1961. He earned a B. S. degree in agriculture from USL and a M.S. degree in agriculture from LSU.
Always proud of his Acadian heritage, he spoke both French and English when he started school.
He recently retired from the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) after serving 41 years as County Executive Director of the Lafayette and St Martin offices.
Trahan has won many local, state and national awards; many were for his outstanding informational programs. Willie Cooper, FSA State Executive Director, said of Trahan, “Jim is the most recognized county executive director in the state because of the outstanding public relations program he carried out on a continuing basis.”
Trahan was a regular guest on KLFY-TV’s Passe Partout program where he and host Jim Olivier spoke about agricultural news and events in French. He often substituted for Olivier and did the program in French. Trahan also wrote a weekly news column for the Daily Advertiser for 35 years.
Trahan’s knowledge of the French language allowed him to explain USDA programs to farmers in the French language that many of them better understood. He also volunteered to speak to students studying agriculture and groups of French visitors touring Acadiana.
Living Legends is sponsored by the Acadian Museum of Erath, a non-profit organization and is held at the Museum Café located at 102 E. Edwards St. in Erath one Saturday per month. The free program includes a Cajun Jam Session from 2 to 6 p.m. featuring traditional French Cajun, Country & Western music. All local musicians are invited to join in.