Center for Louisiana Studies News- July 2017

Schools and Libraries

July 11, 2017

Dr. Michael S. Martin to Speak July 19 the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, LA

Dr. Michael Martin, Director of the Center for Louisiana Studies at UL Lafayette  joins the Acadian Memorial Foundation for their Annual Membership Meeting on July 19, 2017, at 4pm, at the Acadian Memorial.Dr. Martin will speak on the latest research and publications on Acadian history, after a short business meeting.
A reception follows the meeting and presentation.
NOTE: The meeting was postponed in June due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Cindy.
The Acadian Memorial and its Museum are municipally owned and operated by the City of St. Martinville, with support from the Acadian Memorial Foundation. Membership in the Foundation is open to anyone interested in the Acadian Memorial or the Cajun-Acadian culture.

The Memorial is located at 121 South New Market St. in St. Martinville.   For more information about the event or about becoming a member, contact the Memorial at 337-394-2258, , or visit  

H2O/LA Registration Now Open

Our Center-led examination of the impact of water on our state's economy, coastline, cultures, and peoples is fast approaching. Reserve your seat for August 14, 2017, at Our Keynote Speaker will be noted author and activist John M. Barry and the full program is available on the registration page. Conference Chair Dr. Liz Skilton has ensured a day-long symposium of stimulating discussion and contemplative presentations. The panels offer a wide variety of perspectives and contexts of the state's relationship with water, touching on history and geography, music, art, literature, and film, law and politics, and a concluding panel on the first anniversary of devastating local floods. For more information please email    

UL Press Book Wins Award in Crafts and Hobbies Category

A Legacy Preserved: Contemporary Louisiana Decoy Carvers Wins Foreword INDIES Silver Medal The UL Press is proud to announce thatA Legacy Preserved: Contemporary Louisiana Decoy Carvers, by Harvey J. Lewis, earned a silver medal in the Crafts and Hobbies category of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards competition. Lewis's book showcases eighteen of Louisiana's finest contemporary decoy carvers and devotes chapters to the craft's history and protection. Click here to order your copy.

Two Bayou Teche Floating Dock Ribbon Cuttings This Month

Floating Dock at the Evangeline Oak Park, St. Martinville, LA.
The Center for Louisiana Studies is celebrating completion of four floating kayak/canoe docks on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail in the communities of Port Barre, St. Martinville, Loreauville, and Charenton. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held July 24 in St. Martinville at 10am, at Evangeline Oak Park, 122 Evangeline Street; and July 25 in Port Barre at 10am, at the Port Barre Boat Launch, 227 Bayou Drive.
The Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program, administered through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, funded the installation of the docks. "As part of the original group who created the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, it's very satisfying to bring bayou access to areas where none existed and encourage locals to get on the water and enjoy the beauty and peace of the Bayou Teche," says Jennifer Ritter Guidry, the principle investigator for the grant and Assistant Director for Programming and Special Projects at CLS.

The St. Martinville dock is located at Evangeline Oak Park, downstream from the famous Evangeline Oak. "The new dock will provide the recreational tourist a front-row seat to the historical and cultural offerings that St. Martinville provides," says St. Martinville Mayor Thomas Nelson. The Port Barre Dock is located at the boat launch on Bayou Courtableau, near the mouth of Bayou Teche. This site serves as the starting point for the annual Tour du Teche adventure paddle race held in October and is the beginning of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail. Port Barre Mayor Gil Savoy, a long-time supporter of the paddle trail, says that "It will be fantastic to see the racers take off from the new dock this fall!"
The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail is Louisiana's only National Water Trail, and one of only 21 nationally recognized water trails in the nation. Designation as a National Water Trail places the Teche in an elite group of waterways and will increase recreational tourism for the fifteen communities and four parishes along the 130-mile bayou. Eventually, the Bayou Teche Paddle trail will have 15 official access points for paddle trips, ranging from seven miles to the full 130 miles. The TECHE Project, a non-profit organization, serves as the manager of the National Paddle Trail and works with local communities, parish, and state governments to develop a first-class paddle trail. Patti Holland, Council Member with the TECHE Project, says, "Installation of the four docks compliments the full-service dock and trailhead located in Breaux Bridge. Having these five access points at miles 0, 34, 49, 64, and 91 really helps move us toward our objective of having a paddle trail dock in all of the Bayou Teche trail towns. We thank UL Lafayette for their hard work to get the four beautiful docks on the water!"