Our Work

Special Initiatives

Connecting people and the humanities

For nearly 50 years, the LEH has partnered with organizations across the state on diverse, statewide public programs connecting humanistic education, curated cultural content, and collaborative programming.

Witness to Change

“Witness to Change: Conversations on Coastal Impacts” is a new adult reading and discussion series incorporating history, memoir, and fiction to engage participants in conversations on the beauty of and challenges faced by coastal communities.

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Who Gets to Vote? Book Club

Who Gets to Vote? is a reading and discussion program developed by the LEH and hosted by libraries across Louisiana that fosters conversations about the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the U.S.

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Poet Laureate

The LEH, in conjunction with the Governor of Louisiana, coordinates the Louisiana Poet Laureate selection process and sponsors Poet Laureate public programming throughout the state.

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Museum on Main Street

As the state partner for the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, the LEH has helped bring Smithsonian-quality exhibits to small towns across Louisiana for nearly two decades.

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Past Initiatives

Through decades of granting programs, the LEH has supported a broad range of humanities projects and initiatives, reaching each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.

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“Who Gets to Vote” 2022 Schedule of Programs Announced

LEH’s Who Gets to Vote? Conversations on Voting Rights in America is a book club program focused on fostering conversations about the history of voting—and efforts to suppress the vote—in the United States.

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Premiere of New LEH-produced Documentary June 8

“Iron Sharpens Iron”, a new documentary by John Richie and produced by the LEH set to premiere June 8, captures the community of Ironton’s struggles against racism, industrial encroachment, and extreme weather.

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Virtual Event on Changing Role of the Black Press in Louisiana Life

On Wednesday, May 18, join us for a free, virtual forum on the changing role of the Black press in Louisiana and American life.

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