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OAKLEY HOUSE CLOSES FOR LEAD ABATEMENT PROJECT
Oakley House at Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville will close effective Monday, March 20, for lead abatement of the building's exterior. The project will take approximately one year to complete.

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BRITISH AIRWAYS OFFICIALLY BEGINS FLYING BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND LONDON
NEW ORLEANS – The first official British Airways flight from London's Heathrow Airport to Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans touched down this evening, marking ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RECORD-BREAKING TOURISM NUMBERS IN LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced 2016 as the fifth consecutive record-breaking year for tourism in Louisiana. The state welcomed a record high 46.7 ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES LOUISIANA BASS TRAIL PROGRAM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism and Louisiana Office of State Parks announce the launch of the Louisiana Bass Trail, an effort ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER UNVEILS DESTINATION LOUISIANA INITIATIVE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today unveiled a new tourism initiative designed to promote in-state travel by Louisianians. The program is called Destination ...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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM AND THE NEW ORLEANS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU PARTNER IN PROMOTING LOUISIANA TO 6,400 TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS AT IPW 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau recently returned to U.S. Travel Association's 49th IPW in Washington, D.C., ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2017 SUMMER OF SERVICE VOLUNTEER GRANTS
Volunteer Louisiana has awarded Summer of Service grants to nine volunteer and disaster recovery projects across Louisiana. These projects will engage approximately 2,800 volunteers in five parishes in ...Read More...

ADAMS NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LOUISIANA SEAFOOD PROMOTION AND MARKETING BOARD
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced the selection for the next leader of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board today with the hiring of former state representative ...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...

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...

BEYOND SUNDAY: FIFTY YEARS OF THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
On All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, 1966, the National Football League (NFL) awarded its 16th franchise to New Orleans. Over the next 50 years, the Saints brought their fans heartbreaking losses and euphoric triumphs. ...Read More...

THE PALM, THE PINE AND THE CYPRESS
The Palm, the Pine and the Cypress: Newcomb Pottery of New Orleans presents more than 50 glazed ceramics pieces paired with archival photographs documenting the beloved pottery's history through ...Read More...

PETE FOUNTAIN: A LIFE HALF-FAST
Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast offers a well-rounded, humorous appreciation of the legendary clarinetist. Via photos and artifacts, the exhibit traces the various aspects of Fountain's life and career. ...Read More...

WOMEN OF NOTE
Women of Note highlights the role of women in the evolution of New Orleans Jazz from its beginnings in the early 20th century to today's vibrant music scene. From Lil Hardin through Sweet Emma ...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...

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...

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...

LOUISIANA DOWNTOWN ADVOCATES LEARN NEW STRATEGIES FROM NATIONAL EXPERTS
Approximately 50 representatives from Louisiana Main Street organizations, regional planning districts, regional arts councils, and federal agencies attended a two-day training titled "Cultivating Place ...Read More...

EMERGENCY REPAIRS UNDERWAY AT THE CABILDO AND PRESBYTERE
Emergency repairs are underway at the Cabildo and Presbytère. The exteriors of both buildings are crumbling due to moisture intrusion. The repairs are needed to prevent the plaster and stucco on ...Read More...

ORETHA CASTLE HALEY BOULEVARD - A GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET!
During its annual Main Street Now national conference, the National Main Street Center awarded Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants and Business Association for its ...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...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER TO SIGN QUÉBEC-LOUISIANA AGREEMENT PRESERVING FRENCH CULTURE
BATON ROUGE – The Lt. Governor will travel to Québec City with members from the Council on Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and the Louisiana Office of Tourism to reaffirm agreements ...Read More...

LT. GOV. NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PROJECT
BATON ROUGE – In honor of Baton Rouge's 200th Anniversary, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces results of the Baton Rouge Folklife Survey and publication of the online book, Baton Rouge Traditions. ...Read More...

FOR HOME AND COUNTRY: LOUISIANA IN THE GREAT WAR
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entrance into World War I, Capitol Park Museum will host a new exhibition, For Home and Country: Louisiana in the Great War. To document Louisianan's ...Read More...

BATON ROUGE TO HOST 2020 TRAVEL SOUTH DOMESTIC SHOWCASE
It's official! Baton Rouge will play host to the tourism industry when it welcomes the 2020 Travel South Domestic Showcase to the Capital City. The event will take place in Baton Rouge from March 8-11, ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER LEADS DELEGATION ON MISSION TO CANADA
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser led a mission to Quebec with 10 Louisiana Convention & Visitor Bureau partners this month. During the trip, Lieutenant Governor Nungesser attended and spoke at the RVFFA, ...Read More...

LOUISIANA PLAYS HOST TO GROUP OF CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHERS
A group of Chinese photographers visited 15 areas of Louisiana over 10 days in July. Sponsored by Canon, the group used the company's latest line of cameras to capture amazing images from the New Orleans ...Read More...

LOUISIANA CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS HELP GIVE NEW LIFE TO TWO BUILDINGS IN HOMER
Soon, not one, but TWO historic commercial buildings in Claiborne Parish will have a new life.

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation recently partnered with the Town of Homer, Main Street Homer ...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...

NUNGESSER REAPPOINTED AS SOUTHERN CHAIR OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE – Lieutenant Governor Nungesser was reappointed as the South Region Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Executive Committee. NLGA is the non-profit, professional ...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...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORDSHOP LINE-UP
BATON ROUGE—(August 15, 2017)—The Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is pleased to announce the five authors conducting "WordShops" for aspiring and novice writers on Friday, ...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...

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...

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...

THE 2017 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL NOW SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
BATON ROUGE—(September 5, 2017)—The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join in the celebration and experience ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM ASSISTANT SECRETARY KYLE EDMISTON NAMED 2017 NATIONAL STATE TOURISM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Travel Association named Louisiana Office of Tourism Assistant Secretary Kyle Edmiston their State Tourism Director of the Year for 2017 during the annual Education Seminar ...Read More...

PUBLIC LANDS DAY OPPORTUNITIES AT LA STATE PARKS
Louisiana's Office of State Parks is partnering with the National Environmental Education Foundation for the 2017 National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 30. Visitors to Louisiana's State Parks and ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF ENCORE LOUISIANA COMMISSION APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES FOR CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced today the release of the application and guidelines for the Encore Louisiana Commission's Louisiana Certified Retirement ...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...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS 14TH YEAR
LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS 14TH YEAR Lt. Governor and State Librarian Announce Festival Highlights

BATON ROUGE—(September 18, 2017)—The annual free Louisiana Book Festival ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER LEADS MISSION TO PROMOTE LOUISIANA IN GERMANY AND UNITED KINGDOM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism and 17 tourism partners, are gearing up for a mission to Germany and the United Kingdom to promote ...Read More...

CABIN DISCOUNTS ANNOUNCED FOR LAKE CLAIBORNE STATE PARK DURING LAKE DRAWDOWN
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces that now through Nov. 16, cabins at Lake Claiborne State Park near Homer will be available at a discounted rate due to the drawdown of the lake. Cabin rental during ...Read More...