Center for Louisiana Studies News - July 2016

Schools and Libraries

July 6, 2016

From: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Tickets Available for Magnolia Sisters dans la maison

ACCF House Concert on August 4 Features the Magnolia Sisters:

The Center for Louisiana Studies is hosting an intimate concert dans la maison featuring Grammy-nominated all-female band, the Magnolia Sisters. Playing through the southwest Louisiana songbook of Cajun, Creole, dancehall favorites, and front porch ballads, the Magnolia Sisters is comprised of Ann Savoy, Anya Burgess, Jane Vidrine and Lisa Trahan. ACCF Archivist Chris Segura commends the Magnolia Sisters for their enduring commitment to traditional Louisiana music, saying, "few bands have delved into the old South Louisiana musical recordings like the Magnolia Sisters. They've studied the work of Alan Lomax, Ralph Rinzler and Harry Oster, and many others, and have brought these old songs back to life. Their shared knowledge of the old repertoire will make for an incredible night of music and stories."

The ACCF is the world's largest collection of Cajun and Creole folklore, field recordings, oral histories, and other folklife materials. Ann Savoy champions the Center's efforts, for "without the tireless work of the people at the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore we, the musicians of this state, wouldn't have this beautiful old material to listen to, the dig through, to learn from. It is an invaluable resource, a treasure, the best part of our music... it is our life, our history."

Tickets are $35 and are available for purchase through The ticket price also includes dinner. The concert is hosted at a local private residence and details and directions to the event will be emailed to paid ticket holders on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. All tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information please contact the Center at 337.482.1320 or

CLS Assistant Director of Research Curates Vermilionville's Les Vues Film Series

Made by Hand, Built on Tradition is Product of Grant-Funded Local Learning Program

Vermilionville's free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Performance Center. Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the themes of the movie and how they apply to that culture as well as our own.

July's screening will be curated by Center for Louisiana Studies' Assistant Director for Research John Sharp on Monday, July 25 at 6:30pm in the Vermilionville Performance Center. Admission to the series is free, but a suggested $5 donation will go toward the cost of screening and curating costs.

Vermilionville: Made by Hand, Built on Tradition is a bilingual documentary about the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park's artisans and their crafts, as well as the history of the village. French immersion students from Lafayette High School worked alongside local folklorist John Sharp as well as with the AOC Community Media staff to develop skills in the interviewing process, storyboarding and using film equipment, all while working in French. The project was envisioned as an opportunity for young Francophones to realize the applications of the language in a variety of settings. The film will also serve as a tool for educators throughout the state (and nation) to extend our rich cultures to classrooms and institutions alike. "Vermilionville: Made by Hand, Built on Tradition" will be shown in its entirety for the first time at this Les Vues event. The project was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, La Fondation Richard Guidry, the Lafayette Parish School System, the George Rodrigue Foundation and the Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation.

UL Press Garners Awards from Fore Word Reviews

UL Press Wins Three INDIEFAB Awards

Three UL Press titles named finalists in the ForeWord Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year awards were named winners at the American Library Association's annual conference. Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music by Todd Mouton was named Gold Winner in the Regional category; Catahoula by John Slaughter was named Silver Winner in the Pets category; and Duck Thief by David Langlinais received Honorable Mention in the Short Story category.

Nearly 2,000 entries by independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors were entered in 66 categories, but only the very best were named gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention designees. Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers.

A New Home For the Center

Roy House Preservation Efforts Continue

The J. Arthur Roy House is the only UL Lafayette property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An architectural treasure, it is prominently located at the corner of Johnston Street and University Avenue and is slated to become the next headquarters for the Center for Louisiana Studies. "Like" us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on news about the Roy House fundraising and renovations.
The Roy House needs substantial renovations to turn it into a welcoming home for the Center. A virtual walk-through of the house is available for you to view its current state and its potential. Tax-deductible donations in support of the Roy House renovations should be directed to CLS Director Dr. Michael S. Martin. Checks should be made payable to the UL Lafayette Foundation, with "Roy House" noted in the memo line.