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Seven Public Forums Scheduled for Seven Louisiana Communities

Governors Series Logo LEH[1] copyAs voters approach the polls this fall, a new initiative promises Louisianans a fresh look at the state’s political history–and a means of comparison as they choose the next governor.

“The Louisiana Governors Project: A Historic Job Description” will offer new insights into the last 50 years of Louisiana politics through seven public forums held in the hometowns of the previous seven governors.

The events kick off in Columbia on September 10 and conclude in Baton Rouge on October 22, just two days prior to the gubernatorial primary.

The LEH announced the project at a launch event on August 14 at the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. “For the next two months, we’ll campaign for the importance of Louisiana history,” said LEH VP of Content Brian Boyles. “We believe that new insights into the lives and legacies of the individuals who led this state through its modern evolution will be invaluable for our fellow citizens as we face important decisions this fall.”

Note: all events begin with a reception at 5:30pm followed by a 6:00pm panel

John McKeithen – September 10
Schepis Museum in Columbia
106 Main Street

Edwin Edwards – September 17
Rice Theater in Crowley
323 N. Parkerson Avenue
David Treen – September 24
Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans
938 Lafayette Street
Buddy Roemer – October 1
Bossier Parish Community College Performing Arts Theater
6220 E. Texas Street

 Mike Foster – October 8
Teche Theater in Franklin
501 Main Street
Kathleen Blanco – October 15
Sliman Theater in New Iberia
129 Main Street

 Bobby Jindal – October 22
Old State Capitol Museum in Baton Rouge
100 North Boulevard


Prominent scholars, journalists and political strategists will join local hosts for conversations that will center on key challenges faced by Louisiana governors, including economic development, race relations and natural disasters. As Election Day nears, “The Louisiana Governors Project” will give history a prominent place in the public square.

The fall issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the council’s quarterly magazine, will serve as a companion to the project. Louisiana writers and photographers will explore central issues faced by leaders and citizens over the last half-century. Click here to subscribe.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Louisiana Governors Project. For more information, email Brian Boyles or call 504.620.2632.