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Creole Heritage Conference
Northwestern State University
May 21 – 22, 1999













What is the NSU 1999 Creole Heritage Conference?

     The Louisiana Creole Heritage Center (LCHC) of Northwestern University in Natchitoches, Louisiana will present a conference that focuses on the Creole heritage and culture of Louisiana. Creoles are generally known as a people of mixed French, African, Spanish and Native American ancestry, most of whom reside in or have familial ties to Louisiana. The purpose of this conference will be to bring together Creole community leaders and organizers with researchers for networking purposes and to meet with state, federal and private funding agency representatives to address the heritage preservation needs of this under-served cultural constituency in Louisiana.
     Conference sessions will deal with issues such as the various research and documentation that has been completed; presentations on Creole communities seeking to document their history; the Cane River community and its history as a model; projects with a focus on the Creole culture; and a panel presentation by various granting agencies about their programs. Among the confirmed exhibits will be large-format photographs from a collection called Creole Saints by John Metoyer, a poster exhibit of Images of the Isle by Joseph Moran, a Photographic Definition Of The Creole Culture, a database project by the St. Augustine Historical Society, various Creole Heritage Resources listings, and several publications concerned with the Creole culture.

Who Should Attend?
  • Members of Creole communities interested in documenting their history and heritage.
  • Scholars, researchers, classroom teachers and students dealing with the history, language, cultural make-up and heritage of the Creole people
  • grant agency representatives

What Does the Conference Cost?

The cost of the conference is just $22 per person. This cost includes program booklet, continental breakfast each morning, afternoon refreshments, Friday evening banquet and one door prize ticket. Additional door prize tickets will be available to those completing the Creole Community Survey form. Participants will be responsible for all their travel and lodging costs.


Registration Information:

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Forms and payment should be mailed to the address shown on the the Registration Form.

Lodging Information:

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the following locations. Participants are strongly encouraged to book hotel reservations as early as possible. To make reservations at either hotel you should identify yourself as an attendee of the Creole Heritage Conference:

Ryder Inn - 318/357-8281
7624 Hwy 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, La. 71457
$53 plus tax - till 5/14/99

Holiday Inn Express - 318/354-9911
5131 Hwy  6
Natchitoches, LA 71457
$65 plus tax - till 4/20/99


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