Our Work

Special Initiatives

Connecting people and the humanities

For nearly 50 years, the LEH has partnered with organizations across the state on diverse, statewide public programs connecting humanistic education, curated cultural content, and collaborative programming.

Who Gets to Vote? Book Club

Who Gets to Vote? is a reading and discussion program developed by the LEH and hosted by libraries across Louisiana that fosters conversations about the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the U.S.

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Poet Laureate

The LEH, in conjunction with the Governor of Louisiana, coordinates the Louisiana Poet Laureate selection process and sponsors Poet Laureate public programming throughout the state.

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Museum on Main Street

As the state partner for the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, the LEH has helped bring Smithsonian-quality exhibits to small towns across Louisiana for nearly two decades.

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Past Initiatives

Through decades of granting programs, the LEH has supported a broad range of humanities projects and initiatives, reaching each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.

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NEWS & MEDIA

Smithsonian’s “Water/Ways” exhibition begins new tour May 29

The new tour of Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibition “Water/Ways” opens Saturday, May 29, at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.

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Poetry in a Pandemic: John Warner Smith on His Unusual Tenure as Louisiana Poet Laureate

Join Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith for a conversation with Baton Rouge-based spoken-word poet Chancelier “xero” Skidmore on poetry and the pandemic.

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LEH to host Martha S. Jones in Conversation with Leslie Harris

On Wednesday, April 21, join the LEH and Leslie Harris for a conversation with Martha Jones on her groundbreaking book “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All,” as part of Who Gets to Vote?

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