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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...

GOING FOR THE GOLD AS LOUISIANA TRAVEL MARKETING MISSION MEETS WITH U.S. OLYMPIC NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) begins a three-day marketing mission to promote statewide sporting venues today at the U.S. Sports Congress annual convention ...Read More...

LOUISIANA TRAVEL MARKETING MISSION HEADS TO NATIONAL TOUR ASSOCIATION CONVENTION IN TEXAS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) leads a delegation of statewide tourism partners in Fort Worth, Texas, next week for Travel Exchange 2019, hosted by the ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM AWARDS RESTORATION GRANTS

Baton Rouge, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation announced $100,000 in grant funding ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER PRESIDES AS CHAIRMAN OVER HIS FIRST NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is presiding over his first conference as Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). Lt. Governor ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL VISITATION DURING TRAVEL SOUTH USA INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) is attending the 8th annual Travel ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE PARKS ENDS WEEKDAY MINIMUM NIGHT STAY REQUIREMENT
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana State Parks is giving overnight guests and campers more flexibility to plan a visit to one of the 21 state parks located throughout the state. Effective ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM SYSTEM SEEKS PUBLIC FEEDBACK
NEW ORLEANS – With the support of Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana State Museum system (LSM) has embarked on an exciting journey to study and assess its museum ...Read More...

"TEAM LOUISIANA" TO SHOWCASE STATEWIDE SPORTING VENUES AT USSSA ANNUAL CONVENTION IN FLORIDA
BATON ROUGE, La. – As part of its "Team Louisiana" initiative, the Louisiana Office of ...Read More...

LIVING IN THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY EVENT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE UNEARTHING LOUISIANA'S HIDDEN TREASURES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Dig into Louisiana's past with the Office of Cultural Development's Division of Archaeology during Living in the Past at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton ...Read More...

LOUISIANA LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER LEADS MISSION WITH NATIONAL LT. GOVERNOR ASSOCIATION DELEGATION TO DUSSELDORF, GERMANY

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) is leading a national delegation to Germany to promote ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER HONORED WITH INAUGURAL NORTHWESTER STATE UNIVERSITY
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Northwestern State University honored Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser with their inaugural "Distinguished Hospitalitarian Award." Presented by the NSU Hospitality ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TO LAUNCH STATEWIDE "SHOP SMALL" INITIATIVE IN NATCHITOCHES AHEAD OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON
NATCHITOCHES, La. – As the holiday shopping season approaches, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will launch the statewide "Shop Small" initiative aimed at raising awareness of the benefits ...Read More...

FEDERAL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY AND PRESERVATION
BATON ROUGE, La. – The National Parks Service has opened applications for two grants, the African American Civil Rights (AACR) Preservation Grants and the AACR History Grants. Applications ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA CELEBRATED 25 YEARS OF AMERICORPS IN LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – AmeriCorps members from across the state gathered in Baton Rouge on Friday, October 25, 2019, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of AmeriCorps with a full day ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM EXHIBITS AT WORLD TRAVEL MARKET IN LONDON
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Office of Tourism, in partnership with Travel South USA, is exhibiting at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London November 4-6, 2019. ...Read More...

OLYMPIC NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES TARGETED DURING SPORTS TOURISM MISSION TO COLORADO
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a sports sales mission targeting the ...Read More...

FRENCH LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP TO HONOR FORMER GOVERNOR KATHLEEN BLANCO AND COACH RAYMOND BLANCO

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), in partnership with La Fondation Louisiane, is pleased to announce Franco-Fête 2019, a ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS DURING 2019 SCENIC SYMPOSIUM HOSTED BY SCENIC AMERICA AND SCENIC WALTON
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fl. – Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser will deliver the keynote address during the opening reception of the 2019 Scenic Symposium hosted by Scenic America and ...Read More...

NEW PARTNERSHIP WILL FOSTER INCLUSIVITY WITH CREATION OF SENSORY ROOM AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA), in conjunction with the Lieutenant Governor's Office and the Louisiana State Museum, announces a private/public ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM HEADS TO MONTREAL FOR SALES MISSION AND SITV SHOW
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will meet with tour operators, travel agents, and travel journalists this week in Montreal and Quebec City to promote Louisiana ...Read More...

FEED YOUR SOUL – AND YOUR APPETITE! – AT THE 2019 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL

BATON ROUGE, La. –  The 16th Annual Louisiana Book Festival will feature cookbook and ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM BRINGS LOUISIANA FLAVORS TO ATLANTA

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism is partnering with New Orleans Chef Amy Sins for The Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA DIVISION OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR HURRICANE HARVEY GRANT APPLICATIONS

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation (DHP) is soliciting grant applications from parish and municipal governments within nine parishes hit by Hurricane ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE VOLUNTEER AWARDS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Volunteer Louisiana is currently seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers and national service members for its Champions of Service Awards. Nominations are ...Read More...

"LE KER CREOLE (THE CREOLE HEART): RUNAWAY SLAVES, MUSIC, AND MEMORY IN LOUISIANA" UNVEILED AT THE CABILDO IN NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana State Museum, in partnership with Neighborhood Story Project and L'Union Creole, unveiled Le Kèr Creole (The Creole Heart): Runaway ...Read More...

CISLANDERUS: CANARY ISLANDERS IN THE UNITED STATES, CANARIAN DESCENDANTS OF LOUISIANA OPENING AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge proudly announces the opening of a new exhibition, CIslanderUS: Canary Islanders in the United States, Canarian Descendants ...Read More...

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2020 RURAL TOURISM CONFERENCE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism will hold the 2020 Louisiana Rural Tourism Conference on Thursday and Friday, May ...Read More...

THE 2019 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL WELCOMES YOUNG READERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Book Festival announces an exciting line-up of activities and programs ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER AND CODOFIL ANNOUNCE 2020 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FRENCH

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) today announced the opening of the application period ...Read More...

REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR SOUTH-CENTRAL CONFERENCE ON MESOAMERICA TO BE HELD IN BATON ROUGE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Division of Archaeology is partnering with the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology and the Louisiana Archaeological Society to bring the ...Read More...

HELPING VETERANS HEAL THROUGH ARTS & HUMANITIES
NEW ORLEANS – Many military veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries, and various traumas related to military service. The number of active ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM TO SUBMIT GREAT RIVER ROAD FOR ALL-AMERICAN ROAD DESIGNATION
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism, along with the 9 additional states through which the Great River Road National Scenic Byway runs, is planning the submission of ...Read More...

WHAT TO EXPECT AS WE OPEN THE PAGES ON THE 2019 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL

BATON ROUGE, La. – The 16th annual Louisiana Book Festival will be held on Saturday, November ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF 2019 ENCORE LOUISIANA COMMISSION APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES FOR CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced today the release of the 2019 ...Read More...

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF LOUISIANA TAX FREE SHOPPING FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
BATON ROUGE, La.Louisiana Tax Free Shopping (LTFS) will celebrate 30 years of helping increase ...Read More...

LOUISIANA TRADITION BEARERS CELEBRATED DURING 2019 FOLKLIFE MONTH EVENTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2019 the fifth annual Louisiana Folklife Month, recognizing Louisiana's rich living traditions and the people ...Read More...

EXPERIENCE LOUISIANA'S PAST DURING 2019 ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2019 as Louisiana Archaeology Month. The month is an opportunity for everyone in Louisiana to learn more ...Read More...

GEOGRAPHER, AUTHOR RICHARD CAMPANELLA TO RECEIVE 20TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD

BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to announce that Tulane University School of Architecture professor Richard Campanella ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM ANNOUNCES MEETINGS TO CONTINUE PLANNING THE LOUISIANA CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will hold additional meetings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to plan the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. These additional ...Read More...

LAFAYETTE TO HOST WORLD'S LARGEST TRAVEL BLOGGER CONFERENCE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Travel Blogger Exchange or TBEX recently announced the selection of Lafayette, in the heart of Cajun Country, as the host city for their North American conference ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA OPENS 2020 AMERICORPS STATE AND NATIONAL GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Volunteer Louisiana has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2020 AmeriCorps State and National Grants. This annual grant competition is open to governmental ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DURING NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY AT LOUISIANA STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana's Office of State Parks is partnering with the National Environmental Education Foundation for the 2019 National Public Lands Day on Saturday, ...Read More...

16TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2019 Louisiana Book Festival is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join in the celebration for an insider's experience of the festival. Hundreds of volunteers are needed in ...Read More...

LOUISIANA NATIVE, RENOWNED SINGER, AND LONGTIME CULTURAL ACTIVIST ZACHARY RICHARD HONORED WITH INTERNATIONAL DISTINCTION
LAFAYETTE, La. – Louisiana native Zachary Richard, a renowned singer and cultural activist, was promoted today to the rank of Officer in the French Academic Palms. Consul General ...Read More...

ZACHARY RICHARD, ARTISTE ET MILITANT CULTUREL LOUISIANAIS, NOMMÉ OFFICIER DE L'ORDRE DES PALMES ACADÉMIQUES

LAFAYETTE, Louisiane – Zachary Richard, artiste et militant culturel louisianais, a été promu au grade d’officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques ...Read More...

CHEMIN-A-HAUT STATE PARK TO OFFER SEWER HOOKUPS IN CAMPGROUND
BASTROP, La. – In response to customer feedback and requests for the service, Louisiana State Parks will offer full campsite hookups at Chemin-A-Haut State Park near Bastrop. The ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM AWARDED NATIONAL PARK SERVICE REVITALIZATION GRANT FOR REHABILITATION OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Main Street Program was one of nine projects nationwide to receive grant funding through the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP). ...Read More...

REGISTRATION OPEN TO ALL VETERANS FOR UPCOMING SONGS OF SURVIVORS WORKSHOPS

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 newly-scheduled workshops ...Read More...

LOUISIANA TOPS 100,000 AVAILABLE HOTEL ROOMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced Louisiana recently surpassed 100,000 available hotel rooms across the state based on data from STR, Inc. This number ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNER NUNGESSER RECOGNIZES 2019 TRAVEL CHAMPIONS AND TRUE LOUISIANA AMBASSADORS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser closed out the Lt. Governor's Annual Travel Summit in Baton Rouge on a high note, recognizing the 2019 Travel Champions ...Read More...

AUDUBON GOLF TRAIL EXPANDS TO 18 COURSES WITH THREE LATEST ADDITIONS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced the addition of three topflight courses to Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail. The three courses include LaTour ...Read More...

ANNUAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S TRAVEL SUMMIT KICKS OFF IN BATON ROUGE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The annual Lt. Governor's Travel Summit kicked off today in Baton Rouge. Held in partnership with Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, ...Read More...

SITE NOMINATIONS REQUESTED FOR LOUISIANA CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism are seeking site nominations for the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. The trail will help ...Read More...

CAJUN COAST CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EASY RIDER
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Easy Rider with its Bikers on the Bayou event in St. Mary Parish on ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE PARKS TO OFFER SEASONAL DISCOUNTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana State Parks will be offering additional discounts on overnight facilities at the 21 parks located through Louisiana. Following the MILITARY and BADGE ...Read More...

"FROM BERWICK BAY TO ÉTOUFFÉE: SHRIMPING IN LOUISIANA" OPENS AT THE WEDELL-WILLIAMS AVIATION AND CYPRESS SAWMILL MUSEUM

PATTERSON, La. – The Louisiana State Museum will unveil From Berwick Bay to Étouffée: Shrimping in Louisiana, a new exhibition exploring the history of ...Read More...

DESTINATION DOWNTOWN CONFERENCE TO WELCOME MAIN STREET COMMUNITIES FROM LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI AND ARKANSAS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Main Street, along with Mississippi Main Street Association and Main Street Arkansas, is sponsoring the annual Destination Downtown Conference ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE STATE'S PAST THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Through a partnership with Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Archaeology kicked off an immersive, ...Read More...

TWO LOUISIANA CITIES NAMED TO AMERICORPS TOP CITIES LIST FOR FIRST TIME; LOUISIANA ONE OF THREE STATES WITH MULTIPLE CITIES RECOGNIZED

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named New Orleans and Baton Rouge as 2019 Top 10 AmeriCities. AmeriCities are cities producing the ...Read More...

CAMPSITES TO REOPEN AT JIMMIE DAVIS STATE PARK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
CHATHAM, La. – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of State Parks announce that Campsites 1-19 at Jimmie Davis State Park are open starting today and sites 20-40 open on ...Read More...

LOUISIANA CHEF NATHAN RICHARD CROWNED KING OF AMERICAN SEAFOOD DURING 2019 GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOK-OFF IN NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board crowned Chef Nathan Richard of D.T.B. in New Orleans as the 2019 ...Read More...

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY TO HOST WOMEN'S INDOOR VOLLEYBALL OLYMPIC QUALIFIER

BATON ROUGE, La. – The 14,000-seat CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, will play host to the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 AMERICORPS STATE GRANTS

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

HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS TOTALING MORE THAN $300,000 ANNOUNCED

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation are pleased to announce a total $321,504 ...Read More...

110 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE TEACHERS WELCOMED TO LOUISIANA TO TEACH IMMERSION LANGUAGES
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) welcomed this week 110 teachers from around the ...Read More...

NINE NEW CULTURAL DISTRICTS ANNOUNCED; BOUNDARY EXPANSIONS APPROVED FOR TWO DISTRICTS

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 in Louisiana. ...Read More...

2019 KING OF LOUISIANA SEAFOOD CHEF NATHAN RICHARD TO BATTLE 15 CHEFS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THE TITLE KING OR QUEEN OF AMERICAN SEAFOOD
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will welcome 2019 King of Louisiana Seafood Chef Nathan Richard ...Read More...

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS ANNOUNCED TO CONTINUE PLANNING THE LOUISIANA CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will hold additional statewide meetings in July and August to help identify locations for the new Louisiana Civil Rights ...Read More...

STATE MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES STUDY OF THE LOUISIANA MUSEUM SYSTEM
BATON ROUGE, La. – During a recent meeting with the Louisiana Museum Foundation Board of Trustees in New Orleans, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser made two announcements regarding ...Read More...

NEW ORLEANS CHEF NATHAN RICHARD CROWNED 2019 KING OF LOUISIANA SEAFOOD
LAFAYETTE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board crowned Chef Nathan Richard of Cavan Restaurant & Bar in New Orleans ...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...

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...