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2016-17 through 2021-22
The Atchafalaya Heritage Area has been designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area.
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The Louisiana State Museum has the largest collection in the world of instruments owned and played by important figures in jazz, possessing multiple examples of all the commonly used instruments: trumpet, cornet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone. Some late 19th-century instruments date from the early days of jazz, others were used by local musicians who either never left New Orleans or came back.
Notable examples of instruments in the collection are:
The Jazz Collection has over time picked up many odds-and-ends pertaining to jazz, some of it clearly of value, some close to worthless. Much of this is not considered part of the collection proper, but is kept for reference, as study material, even possibly for future exhibit props. Much of it is ephemera, never intended to last. A jazz concert ticket, for example, has a useful lifespan of a few minutes, from the moment you buy it at the box office to the moment you hand it to the ticket taker. But fifty years later, when the performers have become legends, the stub of that ticket with the particulars printed on it can have remarkable evocative power.