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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. – Effective today at 5 p.m. – March 24, 2020 – all buildings and overnight facilities at Louisiana State Parks are temporarily closed, as are all buildings ...Read More...

GRAND ISLE STATE PARK CLOSED AS OF 5 P.M. ON MARCH 23, 2020
BATON ROUGE, La. – Effective at 5 p.m. today – Monday, March 23, 2020 – Grand Isle State Park closed to visitors. This closure follows the recommendations of the Mayor and Town Council ...Read More...

CHICOT AND LAKE BISTINEAU STATE PARKS TO BE USED AS ADDITIONAL STAGING AREAS
BATON ROUGE, La. - Chicot State Park near Ville Platte and Lake Bistineau State Park near Doyline have been tagged as additional regional staging areas for the current medical situation ...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...

BAYOU SEGNETTE STATE PARK TO BECOME STAGING AREA IN EFFORTS TO SLOW SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN LOUISIANA
As part of the state's efforts to combat the current Coronavirus pandemic, Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego is closed to the public, effective immediately. Because of its proximity to New Orleans, ...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...

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

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 13th Annual ...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...

A TRIBUTE TO ERNEST J. GAINES

Louisiana Center for the Book Presents Annual Black History Month Program

 

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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

 

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...