Forum to address preservation of folklife in Louisiana


The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will hold a discussion with scholars and cultural authorities focusing on the preservation and maintenance of folklife and folk communities in Louisiana. The event, tiled “Current Delta Folklife in Louisiana: A Conversation with Folk and Folklorists, will be held Thursday, July 6 at 6 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Topics will include the role of national and state parks as well as universities in preserving and presenting culture and cultural programming. The event will include storytelling and live music from some of Louisiana’s finest folk musicians.

Program participants include:
Moderator: Dr. Hiram “Pete” Gregory, Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern State University
Dustin Fuqua, Chief of Resource Management, Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Laura Gates, Former Director, Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Ed Huey, American folk and blues musician
Maida Owens, Louisiana Folklife Program Director
Hardrick Rivers, Blues musician
Dr. Susan Roach, Professor of English and Folklore, Louisiana Tech University
Elvin Shields, President, Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association