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Institute for Louisiana Culture and History


In 2022 the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities announced the creation of the Institute for Louisiana Culture and History, a statewide educational hub providing reliable, accessible Louisiana social studies resources to K–12 students and their teachers.

Made possible by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, the institute’s mission is to equip Louisiana’s teachers with the resources they need.

The Institute for Louisiana Culture and History

Hosts annual in-person summer intensive workshops at the LEH’s New Orleans headquarters

Plus regional in-person workshops held at sites around Louisiana 

Trains to use LEH’s online 64 Parishes encyclopedia in the classroom 

Works to meet teachers’ content needs as well as the Louisiana Department of Education’s new social studies standards  

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The workshops bring together recognized historians, scholars, and curricula specialists to engage educators about key standards-aligned Louisiana history and culture topics found in the 64parishes.org encyclopedia.

K–12 social studies educators and specialists employed by public schools in Louisiana are encouraged to apply to participate in the workshops. All teachers who complete institute workshops will receive a stipend from the LEH.

The institute offers four regional one-day workshops at partner locations throughout the state during the fall and winter. Click here to learn more about past workshops.

The institute also offers one three-day intensive summer workshop held at the LEH’s The Helis Foundation John Scott Center in New Orleans each summer.


As part of our work to connect teachers with reliable content, the ILCH has developed a resource map linking to secondary source texts from the 64 Parishes encyclopedia. Resources included have been developed in coordination with subject area and curriculum specialists and are aligned with the 2022 K–12 Louisiana Student Standards for Social Studies. Click here to access the resource map.