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April 2014 Newsletter:

April 8: LCV Marks 25 Years with New Issue and Publication Party in New Orleans

The Spring 2014 edition of Louisiana Cultural Vistas debuted in mid-March with a rebranded logo that celebrates the magazine's 25th year in print. Click here to view the digital edition and here to subscribe today.

Issue contributors Carolyn Long ("The Cracker Jack Drugstore"), Richard Sexton ("The Creole World") and Roger Hahn ("Memphis Minnie") will speak at a publication launch party on April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Louisiana Humanities Center at Turners' Hall, 938 Lafayette Street (map) in New Orleans' Central Business District. The event is sponsored by Abita Beer and Zapp's Potato Chips. Guideaux's Food Truck joins us in the LHC lot. The event is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation to support the festivities. 

For more info, contact LEH Director of Public Relations and Programs Brian Boyles at or 504.620.2632.

Click here to read more about the party and the new issue.

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PRIME TIME Preschool at National Head Start Association's 41st Annual Conference and Expo

On April 30, PRIME TIME Director Miranda Restovic and PRIME TIME Education Consultant Holly Bell will present the PRIME TIME Preschool program model at the NHSA's Annual Conference. NHSA's Annual Head Start Conference and Expo is the largest national event devoted to the Head Start and Early Head Start community. This year more than 3,000 executive directors, directors, administrators, managers, teachers, policy council members, and parents from every state will gather in Long Beach, California.

The session titled LITTLE BOOKS, BIG IDEAS: Growing Young philosophers Through Quality Children's Books will be featured as part of the Follett Early Learning Growing Readers Series and will introduce the new humanities-based family literacy model to the national Head Start community. Session participants will walk away with three main learning outcomes: 1. They will become familiarized with open-ended discussion techniques for preschoolers. 2. They will become familiar with the selection and use of quality children's books for discussion in preschool. 3. They will become familiar with ways to encourage family engagement and educate parents to support students towards the acquisition of literacy and higher order thinking skills.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with KnowLA!

The Double Dealer cover, courtesy of  
The Historic New Orleans Collection, acc. no.79-50-L
April is National Poetry Month, and Louisiana's literary history offers a bounty of notable poets and poetry, ranging from 19th-century Creoles who published works in French, to the 20th-century literary journal The Double-Dealer, to the hip-hop artists of today. Among the most recent additions to KnowLA is an entry on Wilmer Mills (1969-2011). Former US poet laureate Richard Wilbur said of Mills's writing, "There is pain and darkness in it; and there is a continual relief and gaiety as the right words are found."


Louisiana's poet laureate, Ava Leavell Haymon, now has a counterpart in Zachary Richard, who was recently named the first Poète lauréat de la Louisiane française. Former Louisiana poet laureate Darrell Bourque is one of the prime movers in the creation of this honor for poets writing in French.


As a singer-songwriter, Richard blends elements of Cajun, zydeco, and rhythm and blues music in his works. He will be performing at Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette's grand celebration of Francophone and Louisiana music that takes place April 23-27, the same weekend that kicks off the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 24-May 4.


PRIME TIME Attends Louisiana Library Association Conference in Lafayette

This year's Louisiana Libraries Association conference was held from March 26th - 28th at the Lafayette Cajundome and Convention Center. The annual conference provides an opportunity for librarians to be resources to one another and provides a venue in which they can share questions, get answers, solve problems, and create new possibilities by drawing on the diverse experiences and proficiencies of colleagues. This year's conference theme was "New Directions: Louisiana Libraries Embracing Change."

On Thursday, March 27th, PRIME TIME Associate Director Shantrell Austin, and PRIME TIME Family Reading Time Assistant Director Tara Zapp conducted a session entitled: "Finding New Audiences with New Directions: Programming from PRIME TIME and the LEH." The session focused on the LEH's family reading and discussion program PRIME TIME Family Reading, as well as its family-based reading readiness program PRIME TIME Preschool, which provide opportunities for libraries to deepen their public humanities offerings for families and children. Dozens of librarians attended to learn details on how libraries can partner with the LEH to implement these programs.

PRIME TIME thanks everyone who supported the conference and attended the session.

April 9: New Orleans Public Library and LEH Partner to Host Author Daniel Black

On Wednesday, April 9, the New Orleans Public Library's Main Branch hosts author Daniel Black, an associate professor at Clark Atlanta University whose work explores the African-American experience. The event begins at 6pm and is free and open to the public. 

Black will discuss his book, Perfect Peace

For more information about the event, contact LaToya Devezin, Manager of NOPL's African American Resource Center, at or call 504.596.2598. The Main Library is located at 219 Loyola Avenue. 

Museum on Main Street Exhibit Arrives in DeRidder 


The Way We Worked Introduction
Video: The Way We Worked Introduction
The LEH's partnership with the Smithsonian Institute and communities throughout the state continues to tour North Louisiana this fall. After stops in Jonesboro, Minden and Bunkie, "The Way We Worked" exhibit in DeRidder on March 28th, where it stays until May 11. The final stop in the door is the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum in Angola, which kicks off programming on May 17. 
DeRidder project director Ashley Rush announced three events for April. These programs are open to the public and will celebrate the working lives and histories of DeRidder residents. 

April 3rd - "When I Grow Up" - The city's Downtown at Sundown event features a mock job fair for children

April 10th - DeRidder's walking tour of the town's industrial history kicks off with a guided tour through local landmarks

April 29th - Panel discussion - "Evolution of the Way We Worked," featuring local citizens discussing their first jobs and career histories.


Adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, "The Way We Worked" explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. 

For more info on MoMs in Louisiana, email LEH Director of Public Relations and Programs Brian Boyles at 


RELIC Programs Throughout Louisiana

Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) programs are underway in all four major regions of the state this year, with programs on Louisiana literature, the Creole identity, World War II and the American West. New formats this year include single-book programs featuring works by John Barry and Lalita Tamedy.  


Remaining Spring 2014 RELIC Schedule
Abbeville, Vermilion Parish Library
"Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State"
Thursdays, March 13-April 24 (April 17 skipped over), 6:00-8:00 pm. 337-893-2674.

Central Branch, Bossier City, Bossier Parish Library
"The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History"
Thursdays, March 6-April 10, 6:00-7:45pm. 318-742-2337.

Gonzales, Ascension Parish Library
"I'll Be Seeing You. . . America and World War II"
Tuesdays, March 25-April 29, 6:00-8:00pm. 225-647-8924 (Tentative).

Winnsboro, Franklin Parish Library
"Cane River by Lalita Tademy."
Tuesdays, April 8-22, 3:00-5:00pm. 318-435-4336.

New LEH Blog! 


Stay up to date throughout the month with LEH NEWS, a new blog authored by the staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Click here to visit LEH NEWS today.


While remains the nexus for information and updates about LEH programs and events, LEH NEWS will offer stories, media, and juicy details about Louisiana's history and culture.  You'll get to know the folks at our headquarters at Turners' Hall in New Orleans, plus hear about our partners throughout the state and nation. 


Recent posts include Humanist of the Year Walter Isaacson's new article in LCV; an interview with Lily Keber, this year's recipient of the Documentary Film of the Year award; and LCV contributor Michael Mizell-Nelson's history of daiquiris in Louisiana, originally published in the new issue of the magazine.

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