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Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, 30.2134852, -91.9963323

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-08-21

Duration: 00:05:50

Subjects: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (La.) | Acadian Cultural Center (Lafayette, La.) | Acadians | CAJUNS | Expulsion of the Acadians, 1755 | Wooden boats


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Bacque, Jodie Interviewee
  • Fontenot, Vincent Interviewee


This segment from the August 21, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette, a part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. He talks to ranger Jodie Bacque about the role of the center in interpreting Acadian history and culture for visitors, the importance of Bayou Vermilion in the development of the city of Lafayette, and the educational programming available at the center. He also speaks to ranger Vincent Fontenot about the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755. Whinham also tours Bayou Vermilion in a traditional Louisiana wooden boat. This story is a part of the “Louisiana’s Natural Treasures: Our National Sites” series. Host: Shauna Sanford