Southeastern Louisiana

Abshire, Nathan

Nathan Abshire was a singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter who was a central figure in the mid-twentieth-century evolution of Cajun music. Read »

Afton Villa Plantation and Gardens

Only the gardens and fragments of foundations survive from the fire that destroyed the Afton Villa plantation house in 1963. Read »

Aime, Valcour

Valcour Aime was renowned for his immense wealth, sugar refining experimentation, as well as his palatial plantation home and English garden. Read »

All Saints Day

All Saints Day or All Hallows Day is a Catholic tradition honoring the saints and also deceased family members each November 1. Read »

Alma Plantation

Alma Plantation is a working sugar plantation whose lay­out and structures provide details about a historic Louisiana vernacular architecture. Read »

Antebellum Louisiana

The Antebellum period in Louisiana begins with statehood in 1812 and ends with Louisiana joining the Confederacy in 1860. Read »


Huey P. Long was one of the most colorful and controversial politicians in Louisiana history. Admiration of his leadership was strong, but so was contepmt; the contempt ultimately resulted in his death at the hand of a disgruntled citizen. Read »

Ardoyne Plantation

Ardoyne is the most elaborate and romantic-looking Gothic Revival residence surviving in Louisiana. Read »

Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church Cemetery

This Catholic cemetery in Donaldsonville was laid out in a grid plan shortly after the church parish was founded in 1772. Read »

Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation

Perhaps more than any other plantation house, Ashland-Belle Helene epitomizes the popular image of the grand Greek Revival southern mansion. Read »

Audubon State Historic Site

During John James Audubon’s four month tenure at Oakley Plantation as tutor to Eliza Pirrie, he produced thirty-two of his bird paintings. Read »

Baton Rouge Bus Boycott

The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott was an organized, eight-day long protest of the segregated seating system on city buses. Read »

Beauregard Town

Baton Rouge's Beauregard Town, planned in 1806 by Capt. Elias Beauregard, is now a predominantly residential district. Read »

Beauregard, P.G.T.

P.G.T. Beauregard, born in St. Bernard Parish in 1818, was the first prominent general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Read »

Benton, Thomas Hart

Thomas Hart Benton painted "Louisiana Rice Fields" and was a founder of the regionalist art movement. Read »

Billiot, Ivy

A member of the United Houma Nation, Ivy Billiot is a self-taught woodcarver who creates colorful, meticulously rendered fish, birds, reptiles, and other wildlife out of native Louisiana woods. Read »

Blues Music

Of the 119 musicians inducted into the national Blues Hall of Fame, roughly twenty percent are from Louisiana. Read »

Bocage Plantation

Although Bocage's early history is hazy, local tradition has maintained that the house was built in 1801 by Emanuel Marius Pons Bringier as a wedding gift for his fourteen-year-old daughter, Françoise. Read »

Book, Michael

Photographer Michael Book's work ranges in character from observations of the details in everyday life to sweeping landscapes. Read »

Bourgeois, Douglas

Douglas Bourgeois is a Louisiana painter, collage artist, and sculptor known for his intimately scaled, highly detailed, and meticulously crafted works. Read »