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THE LOUSIANA STATE MUSUEM AND GOAT IN THE ROAD PRODUCTIONS WIN 2019 AASLH HISTORY IN PROGRESS AWARD AND AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced the Louisiana State Museum and Goat in the Road Productions are recipients of a 2019 History ...Read More...

MOCK DIG ADAPTS ARCHAEOLOGY FOR STUDENTS AT LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
BATON ROUGE, La. – Through a partnership with the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Archaeology conducted a mock ...Read More...

POVERTY POINT WORLD HERITAGE SITE CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNESCO DESIGNATION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Five years ago, on June 22, 2014, Poverty Point State Historic Site in Epps, LA, was honored with the designation of being listed on the United Nations Educational, ...Read More...

LIBRARIES ROCK: STATE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM BLASTS OFF
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana's 2019 statewide summer ...Read More...

NEW CABINS TO OPEN AT LAKE BRUIN STATE PARK
ST. JOSEPH, La. – The Louisiana Office of State Parks will officially open new overnight accommodations on Friday, June7, 2019, at Lake Bruin State Park. These new cabins will provide ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER URGES GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS TO INCLUDE THE LOUISIANA SEAFOOD INDUSTRY IN ANY FEDERAL EMERGENCY DISASTER REQUESTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – On June 2, 2019, the Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to open the Morganza Spillway which will push approximately 1.5 million cubic-feet-per-second of rushing ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA URGES ACTIVE CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT FOR HURRICANE SEASON
BATON ROUGE, La. – With the June 1 start of hurricane season approaching, Volunteer Louisiana is encouraging residents to take action now by getting prepared, getting connected, ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST WINNERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is excited to announce the 2019 Louisiana winners of the annual Letters About Literature ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER EXPRESSES SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGES RATIFICATION OF THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT
BATON ROUGE, La. - On Wednesday, May 15, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser sent a letter to President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM HOSTS TWO-DAY RURAL TOURISM CONFERENCE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism are hosting the Louisiana Rural Tourism Conference May 16-17 at the West Baton Rouge Conference ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE PARKS NOW HIRING PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOR SUMMER HELP TO JOIN OUR STATE PARKS TEAM
BATON ROUGE, La. – For the second year, Louisiana State parks is partnering with the Louisiana Workforce Commission's Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) to hire people ...Read More...

LOUISIANA WELCOMES RECORD 51.3 MILLION VISITORS IN 2018
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced record tourism numbers for 2018. The state welcomed 51.3 million visitors in 2018, representing ...Read More...

STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT UNDERWAY AT JIMMIE DAVIS STATE PARK IN JACKSON PARISH
CHATHAM, La. – Jimmie Davis State Park, near Chatham, took a direct hit from a possible tornado at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. As a result of the storm, there appears ...Read More...

THE 2019 LOUISIANA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF UNVEILS COMPETING CHEFS FROM ACROSS THE STATE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board today are proud to announce the selection of chefs from across the ...Read More...

SUMMER BRINGS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO LOUISIANA STATE PARKS
BATON ROUGE, La. – May, June, and July are prime months for people to get out and enjoy nature, and several nationwide events encourage outdoor recreation. Louisiana State Parks ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 2019 NATIONAL MAIN STREET ACCREDITATION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street are proud to announce 17 Louisiana communities will be presented with certificates of accreditation ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE TOUR FOR NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK CELEBRATING THE IMPACT OF TOURISM IN LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will make stops next week in parishes across the state celebrating the impact tourism has on Louisiana and the state's economy ...Read More...

GRANT APPLICATION DUE DATE SET FOR FHWA RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM IN LOUISIANA
Applications for Federal funds to support recreational trails projects are due to the Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation no later Monday, July 1.

Grant requests seeking financial support ...Read More...

NEW MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS OPEN AT BOGUE CHITTO STATE PARK
Franklinton, LA – Bogue Chitto State Park has benefited from the efforts and hard work of the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association (NORBA), resulting in 4 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails ...Read More...

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION UNVEILED AT THE LA SHOF AND NORTHWEST LOUISIANA HISTORY MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum will unveil a new exhibition at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History ...Read More...

BOSSIER CITY SELECTED AS A TOP RETIREMENT DESTINATION BY WHERE TO RETIRE MAGAZINE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Bossier City has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement ...Read More...

LOUISIANA'S HISTORIC TAX CREDIT LEADS TO MORE THAN $3.7 BILLION IN INVESTMENTS IN THE REHABILITATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS OVER LAST DECADE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Over the last ten years, from 2009-2018, the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and the State Commercial Tax Credit Program have resulted in more ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM EXHIBITS AT WORLD TRAVEL MARKET LATIN AMERICA
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism, in partnership with Travel South USA and New Orleans & Company, continued its initiative to develop the emerging Brazilian visitor ...Read More...

NEW SOUNDSCAPE INSTALLED IN THE 1850 HOUSE ON JACKSON SQUARE
NEW ORLEANS – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum announce the installation of an immersive soundscape at the historic 1850 House, located on Jackson ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES MEETING SCHEDULE TO HELP SHAPE THE LOUISIANA CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has announced a series of statewide meetings over the next several months to help identify locations for the new Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM HEADS TO EASTERN CANADA FOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MISSION
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) is meeting with tour operators and travel agents this week in Toronto and Montreal as part of a key international sales and ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER CAPS SUCCESSFUL WEEK IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AS CHAIR-ELECT OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser concluded a week-long summit as Chair-elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) for their annual Federal-State ...Read More...

CODOFIL ANNOUNCES FRENCH-LANGUAGE BUSINESS INITIATIVE DESIGNED TO HELP INTERNATIONAL VISITORS TO LOUISIANA
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) is pleased to announce the Oui! ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM ATTENDING ACTIVE AMERICA CHINA CONFERENCE IN ALASKA
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) is attending the 2019 Active America China (AAC) conference in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 26-28. AAC is the only tradeshow ...Read More...

LOUISIANA POETS GATHER FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH EVENT AT STATE LIBRARY
BATON ROUGE, La. – In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the ninth annual "Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet ...Read More...

SONGS OF SURVIVORS WORKSHOPS DESIGNED TO HELP VETERANS HEAL THROUGH MUSIC
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, in concert with Baton Rouge Music Studios, and the National Endowment for the Arts, announces two workshops designed ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ATTENDING ROUNDTABLE ON ECONOMY AND TRADE AS CHAIR-ELECT OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will participate in several key roundtable and panel discussions in his capacity as Chair-Elect at the annual National Lt. ...Read More...

2018-2019 LOUISIANA YOUNG READERS' CHOICE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana is excited to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 Louisiana Readers' Choice Awards, which include graphic novels winning both ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER GRANTS OFFICIAL PARDON TO ONE LUCKY CRUSTACEAN
LAFAYETTE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, granted an official pardon to Clyde the Crawfish during the ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA CELEBRATES AMERICORPS WEEK
BATON ROUGE, La. – Volunteer Louisiana will recognize AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps programs who "get things done" in Louisiana during national AmeriCorps Week 2019 next week, ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER RELEASES ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY ON LOUISIANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street (LMS), part of the Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation, released "...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES TWO LOUISIANA CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES FOR 2019
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, announced the addition of two Louisiana communities designated as a Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM HEADS TO 2019 TRAVEL SOUTH DOMESTIC SHOWCASE IN SOUTH CAROLINA
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism is heading to the 37th Annual Travel South Domestic Showcase in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on February 24-27. Travel South Domestic ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES BAYOU CULTURE COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP SERIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced a series of workshops in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes through the Bayou Culture Collaborative, an initiative ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES SEARCH FOR CHEFS FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF IN LAFAYETTE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board have begun the search for chefs to participate in the 12th Annual Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR TWO TOURISM GRANT PROGRAMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) announced the application period is now open for two tourism grant programs for FY20. The programs include the Competitive ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2019 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Bill Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are proud to announce nine 2019 Champions of Service. These Champions of Service were selected from ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM MARKETING AND SALES HEADS TO LOS ANGELES FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SHOW
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism is heading to California this week to meet with some of the top global tourism marketers at the 2019 North American Journeys' Receptive ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT FUNDS FOR LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation is receiving $1,013,757 in ...Read More...

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH BATON ROUGE AREA PROGRAMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (AHNA) will sponsor two programs in the Baton Rouge area in celebration of Black ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM TO HOST CELEBRATION OF LOUISIANA'S GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Prior to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony Sunday, February 10, in Los Angeles, the Louisiana Office of Tourism kicks off GRAMMY Week on Thursday, February ...Read More...

EXPLORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MUHAMMAD ALI THROUGH POETRY WITH JOHN WARNER SMITH
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana will celebrate Black History Month during the annual Black History Month program on Wednesday, ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO START PLANNING THEIR LOUISIANA VACATION OR STAYCATION NOW AS PART OF A NATIONWIDE EFFORT
BATON ROUGE, La. – Do you know where you are going for vacation this year? As part of National Plan for Vacation Day, tomorrow January 29, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is encouraging everyone to ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM KICKS OFF MARKETING SEASON IN LOUISVILLE WITH AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Every January, the American Bus Association welcomes the motorcoach travel and tourism community to the first conference of the year. This year's ABA Marketplace ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM UNVEILS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum will unveil a new special exhibition at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER RECOGNIZES FORMER GOVERNOR BLANCO WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR HER DEDICATION TO THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IN LOUISIANA
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Travel Association today recognized three key political figures – former Governor Kathleen Babineaux ...Read More...

LIEUTENTANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER KICKED OFF MLK DAY OF SERVICE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser welcomed volunteers and AmeriCorps members from throughout Louisiana and the country for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES OPEN APPLICATIONS FOR NEW MAIN STREET COMMUNITIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM WINS WORLD'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS TRAVEL MARKETING AWARD FOR LOUISIANA: FEED YOUR SOUL CAMPAIGN
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announces The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) will honor the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES CARRYING ON THE DREAM EXHIBIT AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announces the opening of the Carrying on the Dream exhibit at Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. This special exhibit will ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES NEW EXHIBIT CALLED "MAPPING THE CRESCENT" AT THE CABILDO
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum announce the new ...Read More...

A GUMBO FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: NEW WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST GUMBO COOKED SET AT WALK-ON'S INDEPENDENCE BOWL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, with the help of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, are proud to announce the new Guinness World Record ...Read More...

POET, ESSAYIST SHERYL ST. GERMAIN TO RECEIVE 19TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to announce Louisiana native Sheryl St. Germain has been selected as the recipient of ...Read More...

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR NAVY VETERAN COLLECTION GOES ON EXHIBIT AT PORT HUDSON STATE HISTORIC SITE
For the first time ever, the Port Hudson State Historic Site is showcasing the Josiah P. Hammond Civil War collection. Since Civil War U.S. Navy artifacts are very rare, this exhibit makes a valuable addition ...Read More...

THE CABILDO HOSTS A 'LOVE'-LY EXHIBITION CELEBRATING NEW ORLEANS TRICENTENNIAL, OPENING AUG. 31
As part of New Orleans' tricentennial activities, the Cabildo is opening a brand new exhibit, We Love You, New Orleans, on Friday, Aug. 31. Celebrating the people, places and things that make ...Read More...