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.


Currents is a turnkey book club program developed and funded by the LEH that offers libraries and other community-based nonprofits the tools they need to host themed reading and discussion programs centered on timely humanities topics, including voting history and climate change.

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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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Two Screenings of “Iron Sharpens Iron” in Plaquemines Parish

“Iron Sharpens Iron” (2022) chronicles Ironton’s fight against the development of the Plaquemines Liquids Terminal (PLT) atop land that includes the community’s ancestral burial grounds, as well as the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ida.

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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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