LEH Debuts new website for quarterly magazine


Founded in 1990, Louisiana Cultural Vistas documents the unparalleled culture and diverse history of Louisiana. Our writers, scholars, photographers and artists continue to explore our state’s communities, delivering stories, photographs and reflections on what it means to live here. The LEH is proud to celebrate a quarter century in print with a new digital platform.

At LouisianaCulturalVistas.org, we’ll showcase select feature articles, columns and reviews from recent issues, along with classics from our archives and exclusive web content. We’re committed to the vibrant print version of the magazine; the new site aspires to enrich the experience of our loyal readership.

The Summer 2014 issue hits mailboxes and newsstands this week. Renew your subscription today!

thanks, bellwether!

LEH VP for Institutional Advancement Jeff Hale joins Bellwether staff in Lafayette Square
Bellwether’s (from left) Patrick Beahm (Relationship Manager), Steven Ellis (Vice President), Caroline Graham (Executive Assistant), Jeff Saint-Saens (Communications Manager) and Padmapriya Riva (intern)  join LEH VP for Institutional Advancement Jeff Hale (third from right)   in Lafayette Square

Our partners at Bellwether Technology continue to provide excellent IT services for our staff at Turners’ Hall. And at the YLC’s Wednesday’s at the Square in New Orleans, they provided incredible hospitality! At the summer’s final concert at Lafayette Square on June 11th, the Bellwether hospitality tent was the place to be. Thanks to everyone at Bellwether for several weeks of wonderful hospitality – and a fantastic professional partnership. We hope to see you on the Square again for the Harvest the Music series this fall!


LEH Interim Executive Director/President MIranda Restovic enjoys the evening
Patrick Beahm of Bellwether and LEH Interim Executive Director/President MIranda Restovic enjoy the evening

LHC Film Screening: “Freedom Riders” on July 1

FreedomRiders_0July 2 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. On Tuesday, July 1,  the LEH commemorates  the landmark legislation with a screening of “Freedom Riders,” the award-winning documentary included in the LEH’s 2013 “Created Equal” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Doors open at 6pm and event is free and open to the public.

After the screening, the LEH’s Brian Boyles talks to legendary Civil Rights activist and Free Southern Theater co-founder John O’Neal and Stephanie McKee, Artistic Director of Junebug Productions, about the legacy of the Civil Rights Act. Audience participation is welcome in the post-film conversation.

For more info, email boyles@leh.org or call 504.620.2632. The LHC is located at 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans.


June 26: Bourbon Street, Brass Bands and New Louisiana Cultural Vistas

Summer 2014 Pub FlyerThe new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas hits mailboxes and newsstands this month. We’ll celebrate the issue with a publication party on Thursday, June 26, at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans.

Contributors (and regular LCV columnists) Richard Campanella and Matt Sakakeeny discuss their new books, excerpted in the issue. Buy your copy of Bourbon Street: A History and Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans at the event from Garden District Books. Our favorite Louisiana-based sponsors, Abita and Zapp’s, provide refreshments at 6pm, and talks start at 7pm. And for the first time, we’ll repair next door to an official after-party with our new neighbors, Cellardoor.

The Louisiana Humanities Center is located at 938 Lafayette Street. Parking is available in the white-lined spaces behind the building. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Brian Boyles at boyles@leh.org or 504.620.2632.

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