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CELEBRATED AUTHORS TO GIVE MASTER CLASSES FOR ASPIRING LOUISIANA WRITERS

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Book Festival is excited to announce the instructors for the 2019 WordShops – half-day writing workshops on a variety of topics to take ...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...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER TO LEAD LOUISIANA DELEGATION AT ACADIAN WORLD CONGRESS IN CANADA THIS MONTH

BATON ROUGE, La. – Acadian communities from across the globe converge this month in maritime Canada for family reunions, musical concerts, youth events, and cultural symposiums ...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...

STATE PARKS ADJUST POOL SCHEDULES FOR END OF SUMMER
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of State Parks is adjusting the swimming pool schedules for the end of summer, to ensure that certified lifeguards are present during pool ...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...

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...

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...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER TAKES OVER LEADERSHIP OF THE NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS CONFERENCE
WILMINGTON, Del. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has officially been handed the reins as Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). NLGA is the professional association ...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...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM ATTENDS LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN SHOW
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) is attending the Louisiana Sportsman Show – the state's biggest hunting and fishing show – at the Mercedes Benz ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE PARKS TO OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR MILITARY, FIRST RESPONDERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – In recognition of Independence Day, Louisiana State Parks is announcing special discounts available to all former and current military members along with first ...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...

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...

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 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 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...