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NATCHITOCHES MAIN STREET FEATURED AS ONE OF THE NATION'S MAIN STREET SUCCESS STORIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Natchitoches Main Street has been selected as one of five Main Street communities to be featured in the National Main Street Center's success stories for fostering ...Read More...

BIG WEEKEND OF HONORS FOR BUDDY GUY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Buddy Guy, iconic blues musician and Louisiana native was nominated today for a Grammy on his latest album titled "The Blues is Alive and Well." This marks a very ...Read More...

LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI HONOR BLUES MUSICIAN BUDDY GUY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Blues legend Buddy Guy has made his mark in American Roots music for over six decades to millions of fans around the world. According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TO HOST THE UNVEILING OF A NEW SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will be the spokesperson for a new social media platform called First Responders Emergency Media Outlet (FREMO) where First ...Read More...

UNITED STATES POET LAUREATE TRACY K. SMITH TO VISIT LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is pleased to announce that United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will visit Louisiana December 14-15 as the fourth ...Read More...

NLGA CHAIR-ELECT LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER LAYS WREATH AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser today joined Montana Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER LEADS DISCUSSION ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WITH NATIONAL GROUP OF LEADERS
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser addressed 34 lieutenant governors from across the United States at the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Business ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TRAVELS TO VIRGINIA AS CHAIR-ELECT OF THE NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE, La. –Lieutenant Governor and Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Billy Nungesser, will travel to Alexandria, Virginia, this week to participate ...Read More...

STATE AS A MODEL EMPLOYER PROGRAM SEES SUCCESS WITH EMPLOYEES HIRED IN LOUISIANA STATE PARKS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Through the Louisiana Workforce Commission's State as a Mode Employer (SAME) program, the Louisiana Office of State Parks hired nine people with disabilities as ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER AND CODOFIL ANNOUNCE 2019 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FRENCH
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) are pleased to announce the opening of the application ...Read More...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 LITERARY FESTIVALS IN THE COUNTRY AS IT CELEBRATES ITS 15TH YEAR
BATON ROUGE, La. – On the heels of another successful year, VacationIdea.com has named the Louisiana Book Festival one of the ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET PROGRAM AWARDS 2018-2019 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 awarded ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT UNVEILS BANNERS TELLING THE STORIED HISTORY OF NEW ORLEANS' STORYVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD
BATON ROUGE, La. – Officials from the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, City of New Orleans, Housing Authority of New Orleans, and local elected leaders unveiled a series ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana announces the annual Letters About Literature contest, a Library of Congress national reading ...Read More...

CHINESE TOUR OPERATORS ENJOY LOUISIANA AFTER LT. GOVERNOR'S SALES MISSION TO CHINA
BATON ROUGE, La. – After the Lt. Governor's successful sales mission to China in September, Brand USA – the national U.S. tourism promotion agency – sent a team of Chinese ...Read More...

FEED YOUR SOUL – AND YOUR APPETITE! – AT THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL
BATON ROUGE, La. – The 15th Annual Louisiana Book Festival will feature chefs, cookbook authors, foodways as well as music historians and scholars, musicians, and more on Saturday, ...Read More...

THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL WELCOMES YOUNG READERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Book Festival is thrilled to announce an exciting line-up of activities and programs for young people from toddlers to teens as it celebrates 15 ...Read More...

AMERICORPS TEAM PROVIDES CLEAN UP ASSISTANCE AT STATE PARKS IN NORTHEAST LOUISIANA
Lake Claiborne State Park and Lake D'Arbonne State Park were recipients of clean up assistance over the weekend of October 20, as the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region team celebrated Make a Difference ...Read More...

THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Mark your calendars: the 15th annual Louisiana Book Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly, annual festival ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER JOINS STATE OFFICIALS ON VISIT TO FLORIDA DURING HURRICANE MICHAEL RECOVERY OPERATIONS
BATON ROUGE, La.—Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning and Assistant Executive Director of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association and retired West Carroll ...Read More...

LOUISIANA'S MOST ENDANGERED PLACES CAPTURED VISUALLY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Historic Preservation are encouraging the public and tourists ...Read More...

15TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2018 Louisiana Book Festival is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join in the celebration for an insider's experience of the festival. Hundreds of volunteers ...Read More...

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

DISCOVER LOUISIANA'S PAST DURING ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH

October Designated as a Time to Embrace and Learn More about Louisiana's Historic Sites and Culture

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AS ATCHAFALAYA MONTH
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser welcomes in October with the annual decree declaring it Atchafalaya Month. So come on and visit "America's Foreign Country" where ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER UNVEILS LOUISIANA FOLKLIFE MONTH EVENTS
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2018 the fourth annual Louisiana Folklife Month, recognizing Louisiana's rich living traditions and the people ...Read More...

RENOWNED AUTHORS TO TEACH WORDSHOPS FOR ASPIRING LOUISIANA WRITERS
BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Book Festival is excited to announce the instructors for the 2018 WordShops – half-day writing workshops on a variety of craft and book marketing ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER DECLARES CHINA TOURISM MISSION A GREAT SUCCESS
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser declared the Louisiana tourism mission to China a great success following the 10 day trip to several cities. Officials from ...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...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TRAVELS TO CHINA TO PROMOTE LOUISIANA TOURISM
BATON ROUGE, La. — Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, officials from the Louisiana Office of Tourism, local convention and visitor bureau (CVB) executives and chefs are traveling ...Read More...

HAMMOND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT AMONG TOP 10 GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET AWARD CONTENDERS
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Hammond Downtown Development District has been named a 2019 Great American Main Street Award semifinalist by the National Main Street Center. Louisiana Main Street ...Read More...

NEW EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS HIGHLIGHT LOUISIANA'S CULTURAL PROGRAMS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser rolled out eight new educational videos today at the Louisiana Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. The debut kicked off a public awareness ...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...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF STATE PARKS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CABIN REOPENINGS
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of State Parks announce the reopening of cabins at Lake Bistineau, Lake Fausse Pointe and Tickfaw State Parks. Reservations can be made, effective immediately, ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RECORD-BREAKING TOURISM NUMBERS IN LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced 2017 as the sixth consecutive year of record-breaking tourism numbers in Louisiana. The state welcomed a record 47.1 million visitors ...Read More...

BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT: SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN LOUISIANA OPENS AT THE LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME & NORTHWEST LOUISIANA HISTORY MUSEUM
On July 20, 1968, Eunice Kennedy Shriver inspired athletes at the first Special Olympics Games with the words gladiators spoke before they went into battle: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be ...Read More...

NUNGESSER HONORS AL SCRAMUZZA AS 2017 SEAFOOD CHAMPION
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Nungesser, along with Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Executive Director Bryan Adams, presented Al Scramuzza, owner of Seafood City in New Orleans ...Read More...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Named 2017 One Book, One Festival Selection

BATON ROUGE—(September ...Read More...

2017 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S TOURISM SUMMIT LARGEST EVER
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Nungesser's Tourism Summit, held August 22-24 in New Orleans, was deemed a huge success. The summit, held at Sheraton New Orleans by the Louisiana Tourism Promotional ...Read More...

FIRST BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PANEL ANNOUNCED
FIRST BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PANEL ANNOUNCED Panel focuses on how Baton Rouge worships and diversifies BATON ROUGE – With Baton Rouge's 200th Anniversary in full swing, Lieutenant Governor ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER RECEIVES AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS AWARD
BATON ROUGE—Americans for the Arts and the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) awarded Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership ...Read More...

NUNGESSER SAYS NEW PROGRAMS WILL GROW DEPARTMENT DESPITE BUDGET CUTS
BATON ROUGE – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced that the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism continues to grow tourism numbers as a result of the the new initiatives launched ...Read More...

NLGA SUPPORTS NATIONAL SERVICE AND AMERICORPS
The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) unanimously approved a policy resolution in support of national service, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, at their annual conference last week ...Read More...

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN JOHNETTE DOWNING TO RECEIVE 2017 LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE—(August 8, 2017)—The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is thrilled to announce that beloved Louisiana author and musician Johnette Downing has been ...Read More...

TOLEDO BEND IN TOP FIVE BASS FISHING LAKES IN CENTRAL UNITED STATES
BATON ROUGE – Toledo Bend Reservoir earned a top five spot when ranked against other bass fishing lakes throughout the Central United States. This is the third time Toledo Bend has been among the ...Read More...

ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN CANOE FOUND ON RED RIVER BANK
BATON ROUGE – An ancient Native American canoe has been found on the bank of the Red River in Caddo Parish just northwest of Shreveport. The canoe was found on property owned by McKneely Family Partnership ...Read More...

FROM "DIRTY SHIRTS" TO BUCCANEERS: THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS IN AMERICAN CULTURE.
Using a variety of artifacts, images and documents, the exhibition From "Dirty Shirts" to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture opens with an exploration of the battle's history, ...Read More...

GROUNDS FOR GREATNESS: LOUISIANA AND THE NATION
A 48-foot wooden shrimp trawler and a two-row sugar cane harvester reveal by example the state's agricultural and aquatic riches. An oil-well head and scale model of a drilling rig drive home the critical ...Read More...

IRIS AND THE GODDESSES OF CARNIVAL
The Louisiana State Museum, in partnership with the Krewes of Iris, Muses and Nyx, will present Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival, an exhibition commemorating the centennial of Iris and exploring ...Read More...

LOUISIANA ARTS PROGRAMS RECEIVE FUNDING FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
BATON ROUGE – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that 17 Louisiana organizations, including the Division of the Arts within Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, ...Read More...

OFFICE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT RELEASES HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT CATALYTIC IMPACT STUDY
BATON ROUGE – The Office of Cultural Development recently released a catalytic impact study for the historic preservation tax credits. The Office commissioned an independent study of the impacts ...Read More...

CHEF BONNIE BREAUX CROWNED 2017 QUEEN OF LOUISIANA SEAFOOD
Twelve of the state's top chefs battled for prestigious title at the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by Lt. Gov. Nungesser and Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

LAFAYETTE, LA – ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER NAMED HONORARY CITIZEN OF SAN DIEGO
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser received a honorary citizenship designation while visiting San Diego, Calif earlier this month for the annual Gator by the Bay Festival.

The designation from ...Read More...

LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL SUPPORTING THE CREATION OF CULTURE, RECREATION AND TOURISM FOUNDATION
BATON ROUGE – The Legislature approved a bill that will support the establishment of the Louisiana Culture, Recreation and Tourism Foundation. The Foundation will support the Department of Culture, ...Read More...

NUNGESSER NAMED TO LEADERSHIP OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE – Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is serving on the leadership committee for the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). NLGA is a professional association providing research and ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR LAUNCHES UNIQUELY LOUISIANA INITIATIVE
Uniquely Louisiana is a comprehensive portal of educational resources from the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Lt. Governor Nungesser said, "Our office ...Read More...

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA VS. ATCHAFALAYA BASIN: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
As soon as many visitors see one of our beautiful brown "Atchafalaya National Heritage Area" signs on the interstate or while driving one of Louisiana's many scenic byways, they start to wonder what a ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM - EXPLORE OUR SYSTEM OF NINE MUSEUMS
Since 1906, the Louisiana State Museum (LSM) has served as our great state's repository of history, culture and heritage. We present insightful exhibitions that allow us to broaden our understanding of ...Read More...

WHAT IS VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA?
Do you have a desire to serve in your community? Have been looking to volunteer but don't know where to start? Volunteer Louisiana is here to get you connected and involved in service to your ...Read More...