Janet Ravare Colson Assistant Director, Louisiana Creole Heritage Center Under the steermanship of Janet Colson, the Creole Awareness Movement has become a
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, May 13, 2007
Janet Ravare Colson Assistant Director, Louisiana Creole Heritage Center
Under the steermanship of Janet Colson, the Creole Awareness Movement has become a living entity that has spread outward from the Cane River/Natchitoches area to the far-flung reaches of the globe.
The Louisiana Creole Heritage Center was established as part of a five-year plan initiated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, a Natchitoches parish based group.
The Society was formed over 25 years ago to promote and preserve the Creole culture.
Although its initial focus was the community of Cane River, it has broadened its range to include the entire state of Louisiana as well as Creole colonies located nation-wide.
This Center is a reality mainly through the efforts of the Society's current president, Mr. Terrel Delphin, along with the assistance of a number of its members and various NSU personnel.
The approval of the University's governing boards was sought and obtained in the fall of 1997.
Grant monies received from the Governor's Office of Urban Affairs and Development allowed for the support of a start-up staff whose initial mission was to assist in the achievement of permanent funding for the Center.
Since its opening in October, 1998, the office has grown from one (1) part-time employee to one full time person serving as Assistant Director with a part-time staff of seven (7) workers.
A separate Genealogy Department has been developed and is housed in Derry, Louisiana.
Although the Center is still seeking permanent funding, it has been able to secure substantial financial support through various federal, state, and private agencies.
For More Details on the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center, click the folowing link:
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