Louisiana’s French heritage explored by the digital archive

In honor of Bastille Day on July 14, the Louisiana Digital Media Archive is highlighting Louisiana’s French heritage throughout the month of July. Louisiana’s time as a French colony left an indelible mark on the state and its people, especially the Cajuns and the Creoles.
Explore stories that illustrate the history and vibrant cultures of the Cajuns and the Creoles, Louisiana’s efforts to preserve the French language, and the state’s enduring relationship with France and the Francophone countries around the world.
History:
A la Recherche d’Une Nouvelle Acadie: Une Odysée Acadienne (An Acadian Odyssey) (1985)
Vermilionville in Lafayette (1991)
Cane River Creole National Historic Park in Natchitoches Parish (2009)
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville (2009)
Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette (2009)
Culture:
Artist George Rodrigue Profile (1981)
Michael Doucet Interview (1988)
Canray Fontenot Interview (1988)
Zachary Richard Interview (1988)
Chef John Folse’s Cajun Louisiana (1994)
All-Star Cajun Comedy Tour (2008)
Leah Chase Interview (2012)
French Language:
En Francais – An LPB series on Francophone Louisiana broadcast entirely in French (1986-1993)
Creole Language (1985)
20th Anniversary of CODOFIL (1988)
Louisiana French Dictionary (2010)
French Immersion Programs (2011)
Francophone World:
Quebec Premier Rene Levesque Visits Breaux Bridge and New Orleans (1979)
Dr. Kay Martin Interview on Francophone Conference in Senegal (1988)
International Conference on Francophone Mayors in Lafayette (2015)
Throughout the month of July, you can also view three LPB documentaries — Louisiana: The French Connection (1984), Against the Tide: The Story of Cajun People in Louisiana (2000), and The Spirit of a Culture: Cane River Creoles (2005) — in their entirety:
To see all of these videos and more, go to the LDMA website at ladigitalmedia.org.

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