Spolight On: 'Janet Ravare Colson'
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:
To Add Your Family Information To The
Creole Database, click the following link:
The main office is located on the campus of Northwestern
State University in Room 116 of Kyser Hall.
The Genealogy Department is presently housed in
Derry, Louisiana (approx. 15 miles from the University).