Our next Harvest will be at the Lafayette Public Library (301 W. Congress) on Saturday March 18, from 10 to 12pm. More details here.
There are still many French speakers in Louisiana today, mostly in parishes from the South-West. Cajuns, Creoles, and some Native American tribes (Houma Nation for instance) contribute to the variety of Louisiana French. However, the number of French-speakers has regularly decreased in the 20th century. In order to preserve Louisiana French Heritage, history students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have organized a unique community project.
Through History Harvests, we invite members of the local communities to bring objects, photographs, and other items to document Louisiana French Heritage. You can see examples in our collection.
To collect and store the objects in the website, students used PixStori, an application available on iPhones. The application allows the user to take a photo, give it a title, and add a recording or a text caption. Students used the application by taking a photo of the object and recording an interview with the owner of the object brought to the history harvest. The interviews were then compiled together and put up on the website.
Curious on how the event went?Check out some of our coverage on The Advocate and KATC.
Or you can follow our ULL Public History Twitter for updates on the project.
A photo of Mr. Lee Fontenot outside of the family farm in Laurel, Louisiana.
A collection of objects with historical significance pertaining to Louisiana French Heritage.
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