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SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING EXHIBITION EXPLORING "THE GREEN BOOK" COMING TO THE CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM IN BATON ROUGE IN AUGUST 2021
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum are proud to announce the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's (SITES) exhibition ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER GRANTS REPRIEVE TO ONE LUCKY CRUSTACEAN DURING 5TH ANNUAL PARDONING OF THE CRAWFISH
THIBODAUX, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, granted an official pardon to Lafitte the Crawfish during the ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER AND CODOFIL CELEBRATE SIGNING OF FRANCE-LOUISIANA ACCORDS
NEW ORLEANS – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and representatives from the Republic of France and ...Read More...

THREE LOUISIANA BYWAYS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNATIONS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Three Louisiana Byways have received prestigious designations by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). The Bayou Teche Byway and Boom or Bust Byway were both ...Read More...

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON OSCAR DUNN: LOUISIANA'S FIRST BLACK LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana, in partnership with The Historic New Orleans Collection, will celebrate Black History Month ...Read More...

NEW EXHIBIT SHOWCASES AFRICAN AMERICAN MASKING AND SPIRITUALITY IN MARDI GRAS
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana State Museum, working in collaboration with the renowned Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac in Paris, is excited to announce the opening ...Read More...

LOUISIANA DIVISION OF THE ARTS RELEASES APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND ROUND OF CARES ACT FUNDING

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of the Arts (LDOA) is announcing a second round of grant funding from the National Endowment for ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER UNVEILS – LOUISIANACIVILRIGHTSTRAIL.COM – A PLATFORM COMMEMORATING REAL-LIFE STORIES AND HONORING HEROES WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO "MAKE RIGHTS REAL"
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism today announced the launch of the Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET ACCEPTING REVITALIZATION GRANT APPLICATIONS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street announce the release of applications for a second round of funding through the Paul Bruhn Revitalization ...Read More...

NEW LIFE FOR OL' MAN RIVER
The Port of New Orleans will celebrate its 125th Anniversary this year, reminding us all we are living on one of the greatest water highways on earth, carrying commerce and food for the world. As we drive ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER WELCOMES NEW PARTNERSHIP IN TIME FOR 2021 CARNIVAL SEASON
BATON ROUGE, La. - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will unveil a new flavor of king cake developed through a new partnership with Cannata's Bakeries and Bayou Terrebonne Distillers ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER AND VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA SEEK 2021 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE NOMINATIONS; ENCOURAGE SAFE PARTICIPATION ON MLK DAY OF SERVICE

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana encourage Louisianans to get involved in their communities this month, either by volunteering or ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION GRANT TO DEVELOP CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE, DIGITAL FIELD TRIPS TO THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum announce the New Orleans Jazz Museum, through a grant from the National Park Foundation, is ...Read More...

NEW ORLEANS MAYOR LATOYA CANTRELL'S ACTIONS RUIN POTENTIAL WORLDWIDE PROMOTION FOR ALL LOUISIANA CITIES, NOT JUST NEW ORLEANS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today said New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell's actions against Lauren Daigle cost not just New Orleans the opportunity at invaluable, ...Read More...

LOGO RELEASED FOR 2022 NCAA MEN'S FINAL FOUR TO BE HELD IN NEW ORLEANS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the NCAA released the logo for the 2022 NCAA Men's Final Four ...Read More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...