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NEW EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF PREHISTORIC AMERICAN INDIAN SITES

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Archaeology, Louisiana State Parks, and the Louisiana State Museum’s Capitol Park Museum ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE TO UNVEIL NEW GLAMPING SITES AT LOUISIANA STATE PARKS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today unveiled a new way to stay inside eight Louisiana State parks. It's an innovative partnership expanding camping opportunities ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA RECOGNIZES 2020 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE DURING VIRTUAL CEREMONY

BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2020 Champions of Service were officially recognized throughout the month of October, culminating in a virtual ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2020 as Atchafalaya Month in Louisiana, and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA) is rounding out ...Read More...

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA CONSULTANT CHOSEN FOR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana is proud to announce the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) has chosen Public Library Consultant Jessica Styons to ...Read More...

JOHN M. BARRY TO RECEIVE 21ST LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to announce John M. Barry has been selected as the recipient of the 21st annual Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA YOUNG READERS' CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 NOMINATED TITLES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Entering its 21st year, the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice (LYRC) Awards Program is excited to announce the 2021-2022 nominated title lists for grades 3-5, 6-8, ...Read More...

LOUISIANA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER URGING PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL RELIEF AS ANOTHER STORM LOOMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – In a letter sent today to President Donald Trump, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser requested the state's 25% matching fund obligation under the Stafford ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AS ATCHAFALAYA MONTH
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2020 as Atchafalaya Month in Louisiana, welcoming everyone to safely visit and Feed Your Soul with the sites, ...Read More...

DISCOUNTS HEAT UP WHEN LOUISIANA STATE PARKS COOL DOWN

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana State Parks are offering multiple discounts on overnight stays to encourage outdoor travel in the cooler months. Many campers say the mild Louisiana ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER RECOGNIZES LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE TRADITION BEARERS AHEAD OF FOLKLIFE MONTH IN OCTOBER 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser is proud to announce October 2020 as Folklife Month in Louisiana. This year marks the sixth annual celebration of the state's ...Read More...

NINE NEW CULTURAL DISTRICTS ANNOUNCED

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of Cultural Development’s Division of the Arts announced the creation of nine new Cultural Districts ...Read More...

NEW LOOK PLANNED FOR 2020 LOUISIANA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES COMPETING CHEFS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are proud to announce the selection of chefs from across the state ...Read More...

STATE LIBRARY PHASE 3 REOPENING PLAN

BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana entered Phase 3 of its reopening process today, Monday, September 21, under the guidelines issued by the state and the Centers ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA OPENS 2021 AMERICORPS STATE AND NATIONAL GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana announce a Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2021 AmeriCorps State and National Grants. This annual ...Read More...

LOUISIANA'S JOHNETTE DOWNING FEATURED AT NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Johnette Downing has been chosen to represent Louisiana at the National Book Festival. Downing is an author/illustrator, performing artist, and Louisiana native. ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE PARKS REBOUND AFTER HURRICANE LAURA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Hurricane Laura caused significant damage to large portions of the state, but most Louisiana State Parks will be open in time for Labor Day weekend thanks to the ...Read More...

IN PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE LAURA, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER URGES LOUISIANANS TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH DISASTER RECOVERY
BATON ROUGE, La. – As the state prepares for Hurricane Laura, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser is asking people to lend a hand to their fellow Louisianans to help with recovery ...Read More...

EVERY DOG CAN HAVE ITS STAY AT A LOUISIANA STATE PARK

BATON ROUGE, La. – Pets have always been welcome to enjoy the trails and outdoor spaces at Louisiana State Parks, but they were not allowed to overnight with their owners in our ...Read More...

2020 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CANCELED DUE TO PANDEMIC
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana announces the cancellation of the 2020 Louisiana Book Festival due to the current pandemic. ...Read More...

BAYOU SEGNETTE STATE PARK SET TO FULLY REOPEN ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of State Parks announce the full reopening of Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, Louisiana. Previously open to ...Read More...

USDA TO PURCHASE $30 MILLION IN U.S. SHRIMP AS PART OF EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE EFFORTS DURING PANDEMIC

Lt. Governor Nungesser calls decision a step in the right direction; Urges assistance for entire seafood industry

BATON ROUGE, La. – The United States ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 AMERICORPS STATE GRANTS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Bill Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are pleased to announce over $5.2 million in grant funding from the Corporation for National and ...Read More...

"IMAGINE YOUR STORY": LOUISIANA LIBRARIES' SUMMER READING PROGRAM ENDS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana announces the end of the 2020 statewide summer reading program, "Imagine Your Story," which followed the general theme ...Read More...

VISAS FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE TEACHERS EXPECTED TO BEGIN PROCESSESSING BY END OF THE MONTH
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) are pleased to announce the United States Bureau of Consular ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER SENDS LETTER TO CORPS OF ENGINEERS REGARDING SHRIMPER AND FISHERMAN CONCERNS OVER UPCOMING VIRTUAL MEETINGS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser sent a letter to Colonel Stephen Murphy, the New Orleans District Commander of the United State Army Corps of Engineers, expressing his concern ...Read More...

HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD ACHIEVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation announce the Pontchartrain Park Historic ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 2020 NATIONAL MAIN STREET ACCREDITATION

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street are proud to announce 23 Louisiana communities have been designated as 2020 Accredited Main Street ...Read More...

13TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF CONTINUES THE CALL FOR CHEFS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board continue the search for chefs who want to participate in the 13th ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER AND THE ATCHAFALAYA TRACE COMMISSION ANNOUNCE JUSTIN LEMOINE AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Atchafalaya Trace Commission announce the selection of Justin Lemoine as executive director of the Atchafalaya National ...Read More...

"A COLORFUL WORLD IN BLACK & WHITE: FONVILLE WINANS' PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOUISIANA" TO BE DISPLAYED AT THE CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum will unveil a new exhibition on Tuesday, July 14, titled A Colorful World in Black & White: ...Read More...

CHICOT STATE PARK TO REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC JUNE 26
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the LouisianaOffice of State Parks announce the reopening of Chicot State Park in Ville Platte to the public. The south ...Read More...

GRAND ISLE STATE PARK CLOSED AS OF 12 P.M. TODAY AHEAD OF TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Effective at 12 p.m. today – Friday, June 5 – Grand Isle State Park closed to visitors. This closure follows the recommendations of the Mayor and Town Council of the ...Read More...

GIA MAIONE PRIMA FOUNDATION AWARDS $25,000 GIFT TO SUPPORT THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM'S EDUCATION OUTREACH PROGRAM
NEW ORLEANS – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana State Museum, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum are proud to announce the Gia Maione Prima Foundation's generous support ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES RE-OPENING OF LOUISIANA WELCOME CENTERS AND STATE LIBRARY UNDER RECOMMENDED PHASE 2 GUIDELINES

BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana prepares to move in to Phase 2 of reopening, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announces the re-opening of eight of the state’s welcome ...Read More...

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA RECEIVES FUNDING FROM CARES ACT
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana announces a special round of funding to provide relief to Louisiana public libraries from the devastating economic impacts of the ...Read More...

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA REOPENING UNDER PHASE 1 PROCESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDELINES

BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana is reopening under a phased process that began on Monday, May 18. During this process, library staff are transitioning back into ...Read More...

APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS FOR POTENTIAL LOUISIANA CULTURAL DISTRICTS THROUGH NEW ONLINE PROCESS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of the Arts announces the release of applications for the Louisiana Cultural Districts program. The application ...Read More...

UPGRADED CAMPSITES, NEW AMENITIES, AND A NEW DISCOUNT WELCOME LOUSIANA RESIDENTS BACK TO STATE PARKS
BATON ROUGE, La. – As 18 Louisiana State Parks reopen to Louisiana residents today, visitors will have more options as previously closed campsites are reopened, new amenities are ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE PARKS AND STATE MUSEUMS SET TO REOPEN THIS WEEKEND UNDER PHASE ONE GUIDELINES WITH A FOCUS ON RECOVERY
BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana enters Phase 1 of the plan for reopening, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced 18 State Parks, all 18 State Historic Sites, and all ...Read More...

DOWNTOWN WEST MONROE SELECTED AS NEW LOUISIANA MAIN STREET DISTRICT
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street (LMS) announce the selection of downtown West Monroe as a designated Louisiana Main Street district. ...Read More...

LOUISIANA WELCOMED RECORD 53.2 MILLION VISITORS IN 2019
BATON ROUGE, La. – While the coronavirus pandemic has hit many industries hard including the tourism sector since early spring, visitation numbers just released for 2019 show another ...Read More...

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES OFFERING GRANTS TO ENHANCE DIGITAL PLATFORMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the Digital Projects for the Public program. The purpose of this program is to support ...Read More...

SUPPLEMENTAL ASSISTANCE GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR LOUISIANA COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY IN 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development announced the awarding of nearly $800,000 in federal, supplemental assistance ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET WORKING WITH LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS TO HELP BRING TRAINING AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STATE'S SMALL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Main Street, a Main Street America Coordinating Program, helps lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 35 towns and communities across the ...Read More...

LOUISIANA POETS GATHER VIRTUALLY FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana will celebrate National Poetry Month with a virtual edition of "Just Listen to Yourself: Louisiana's ...Read More...

2019-2020 LOUISIANA READERS' CHOICE WINNERS ANNOUNCED
BATON ROUGE, La. — The State Library of Louisiana is excited to announce the winners of the 2019-2020 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Awards. With the program in its 21st year, Louisiana's ...Read More...

LOUISIANA SHRIMP ASSOCIATION DONATES 2,400 POUNDS OF LOUISIANA SHRIMP TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board today announced a donation of 2,400 pounds of Louisiana shrimp to the ...Read More...

GRANT APPLICATION DUE DATE SET FOR FHWA RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM IN LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Applications for Federal funds to support recreational trails projects are due to the Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation no later Wednesday, ...Read More...

ALL LOUISIANA STATE PARKS AND STATE HISTORIC SITES TEMPORARILY CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC
BATON ROUGE, La. – All buildings and overnight facilities at Louisiana State Parks are temporarily closed, as are all buildings at all state historic sites. This action is taken ...Read More...

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE STARTING THURSDAY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced the temporary closure of the State Library of Louisiana to the public starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, 2020. ...Read More...

STATE MUSEUMS AND WELCOME CENTERS ACROSS LOUISIANA TEMPORARILY CLOSE TO AID IN PREVENTION OF SPREAD OF COVID-19

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced all nine state museum facilities ...Read More...

LEMON TREE PLANTING AND PLAQUE DEDICATION HELD IN HONOR OF AMÉDÉ ARDOIN'S CULTURAL AND MUSICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser dedicated a lemon tree and plaque during a ceremony commemorating the birthday of Amédé Ardoin (March 11, 1898 – ...Read More...

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE RELEASES PLAN FOR CONTINUED RECREATIONAL TRAILS DEVELOPMENT IN LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, the Louisiana Department of Transportation ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES THREE LOUISIANA CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES FOR 2020
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, announced the addition of three Louisiana communities designated as a Louisiana ...Read More...

PORT HUDSON STATE HISTORIC SITE TO HOST 157TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR
BATON ROUGE, La. – To commemorate the 157th anniversary of the "Siege of Port Hudson," Port Hudson State Historic Site will host its annual re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday, ...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 FY21. The programs include the ...Read More...

OPERATING HOURS MODIFIED AT LOUISIANA'S STATE HISTORIC SITES
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Office of State Parks is announcing changes to the operating days at Louisiana's State Historic Sites.

Effective March 2, Audubon State Historic Site in ...Read More...

NEW EXHIBIT COMMEMORATES 40 YEARS OF THE SPANISH TOWN MARDI GRAS PARADE IN BATON ROUGE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana State Museum is proud to announce the unveiling of Spanish Town Mardi Gras: 40 Years of Good Times & Bad Decisions in the Capitol Park Museum. ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER AND THE LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM BRING A TASTE OF LOUISIANA TO TORONTO
BATON ROUGE, LA. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT), and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are traveling to Toronto to share Louisiana's ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM RELEASES NEW 2020 VISITORS GUIDE FEATURING LAUREN DAIGLE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Travel Association recognizes today, January 28, as National Plan for Vacation Day. This day is recognized each year on the last Tuesday in January as ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM PROMOTES TRAVEL TO THE STATE DURING TRAVMEDIA'S INTERNATIONAL MEDIA MARKETPLACE

Louisiana and New Orleans make travel website’s top destinations in 2020

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – ...Read More...

LUNKERS AND SPECKLEBELLIES: BASS FISHING & WATERFOWL HUNTING IN LOUISIANA SET TO OPEN AT THE LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND NORTHWEST LOUISIANA HISTORY MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana State Museum is opening a new exhibition at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, called Lunkers and Specklebellies: ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ENCOURAGE LOUISIANANS TO VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON MLK DAY OF SERVICE 2020
BATON ROUGE, La. – On Monday, January 20, 2020, citizens throughout Louisiana and the country will gather together for the 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, celebrating ...Read More...

FOUR CABINS AT JIMMIE DAVIS STATE PARK TO REOPEN
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of State Parks announce four cabins at Jimmie Davis State Park, damaged during a tornado in May 2019, are now open ...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...