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Important Cajun Locations

Louisiana 
Attractions
Abbeville: 
• Acadian Cultural Center
Baton Rouge: 
Rural Life Museum
   This is a collection of 7 buildings (including a Cajun home) from 19th century Louisiana.  There's also a barn filled with hundreds of artifacts.
   Open 8:30am-5pm, 7 days a week
   Adults: $5; Children: $3
Erath: 
Acadian Museum 
     The Museum contains three rooms: 1) the history of Erath, 2) the Acadian Room, and 3) the Cajun room.
     Open 1-4; M-F
Eunice:
Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
     The branch of the Jean Lafitte National Park system is dedicated to the Cajuns who settled the prairies of southwestern Louisiana.
Jennings:
Zigler Museum
     It plans on having several exhibits in 1999 on Acadian-Cajun culture.
Lafayette
Acadian Cultural Center
     This is the headquarters for the Acadian Cultural Centers.  Besides temporary and permanent displays, there is a film about the Acadian story that plays every hour from 9-4.
• Acadian Village
     A number of actual cajun homes have been gathered together.  A replica of an early church is also there.
Vermilionville
     This is a Cajun & Creole living history museum and folklife village.  There are a number of buildings (authentic and replicated), as well as 'characters' presenting the customs.
     Open
St. Martinville: 
Acadian Memorial
     The memorial includes an eternal flame, an Acadian mural, and a bronze wall of names of all the Acadian immigrants to Louisiana.  A research room will be opening in the near future.
• Evangeline Monument
• Evangeline Oak Park 
• Longfellow-Evangeline State Commemorative Area
Thibodeaux: 
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center
     The branch of the Jean Lafitte National Park system is dedicated to the Cajuns who settled along the bayous such as the Lafourche and the Terrebonne.
 
Genealogical Libraries
College Libraries: 
     Dupre - USL, Lafayette
     Ellender - NSU, Thibodaux
     LSU, Baton Rouge
     Howard-Tilton, Tulane, N.O.
     McNeese, Lake Charles

There are three colleges in Acadiana with significant Acadian-Cajun material ... USL, NSU, and McNeese.  Remember to check out their Archives departments, also.  Clearly, the largest repository of Acadian-Cajun material in Louisiana (and probably the entire United States) is at the Dupre Library at USL.  If you had to go to only one place, this is it.  The other universities mentioned have about as much material as the larger parish libraries.  Some specialize in other material that might be relevant to the Acadian-Cajun researcher.  LSU, for example, has a great newspaper collection.

Parish Libraries: 
     Lafayette, Lafayette
     Terrebonne, Houma 
     Calcasieu, Lake Charles
     St. Martin, St. Martinville

The three largest cities in Acadiana have the largest amounts of Acadian-Cajun material.  But every parish library in Acadiana, and many other parishes in Louisiana, has a collection of genealogical materials on Acadian-Cajun material.  Of these smaller libraries, the best seems to be St. Martinville. Some resources found there are available elsewhere only in much larger libraries.  The large libraries in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, though not Acadiana, also have Acadian-Cajun material.

Louisiana State Archives
East of the Atchafalaya River
New Orleans Sites
Genealogical Information New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue   [504/596-2610]
Howard-Tilton Library
     Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Avenue   [504/865-5605]
Louisiana Historical Museum, 400 Esplanade    [504/568-6968]
Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St.    [504/523-4662]
Notarial Archives, 421 Loyola Avenue    [504/568-8577]
Vital Records,
      Louisiana State Office Building, 325 Loyola Avenue    [504/568-5152]
Orleans Parish Courthouse
Tourist Attractions
[not related to the culture]
Audubon Zoo,  6500 Magazine St.    [504/861-2537]
Aquarium of the Americas, One Canal St.    [504/861-2538]
French Quarter, Downtown New Orleans
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, 916 N. Saint Peter St.    [504/589-2636]
Riverboat rides    [504/586-8777]
LA Nature & Science Center, 11000 Lake Forest Blvd.    [504/246-5672]
LA Confederate Museum, 929 Camp St.    [504/523-4522]
Shopping Malls Plaza Lake Forest (east N.O.), 5700 Read
Riverwalk (downtown), One Poydras St.
Esplanade (west of N.O., in Kenner), West Esplanade
Lakeside, Veterans Memorial Blvd. and Severn Ave.
Baton Rouge Sites
Acadian-Cajun Culture Rural Life Museum, 6200 Burden Lane    [ 225/765-2437]
     There are a number of homes from the 19th century, including a Cajun house.  There is also a large barn full of implements used in 19th century life by Louisianaians.
Genealogical Information Louisiana State Library, 760 Riverside Dr.    [225/342-4914]
Centroplex Library, 120 St. Louis St.    [ 225/389-4960]
LSU Libraries, LSU
Louisiana State Archives, 3857 Essen Lane    [225/922-1207]
East Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse
Division of State Lands, Riverside Dr.    [225/342-4586]
Tourist Attractions
[not related to the culture]
Baton Rouge Zoo, Thomas Road    [225/775-3877]
U.S.S. Kidd, South River Road    [225/342-1942]
LSU Museums, LSU
Shopping Malls Cortana (Airline Hwy. and Florida Blvd.)
Bon Marche (Florida Blvd.)
Houma Sites
Genealogical Information North Branch - Terrebonne Parish Library
Tourist Attractions
[not related to the culture]
Southdown Museum
Wildlife Gardens
Swamp Tours
Thibodaux Sites
Acadian-Cajun Culture Acadian Cultural Center - Wetlands - Jean Lafitte National Park
     315 St. Mary St. (Hwy 1)
Genealogical Information Ellender Library, NSU    [504/448-4646]
Lafourche Parish Library, 314 St. Mary St.    [504/447-4119]
Lafourche Parish Courthouse
Morgan City Sites
West of the Atchafalaya River
Lafayette Sites
Acadian-Cajun Culture Vermilionville, 1600 Surrey St.    [318/233-4077 or 1-800-99-BAYOU]
Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Dr.    [318/981-2364]
Acadian Cultural Center - HQ - Jean Lafitte National Park
     Surrey St. @ Beaver Park
Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum
Genealogical Information Dupre Library, USL    [318/231-6031]
Lafayette Library, 301 West Congress St.    [318/232-7567]
Lafayette Parish Courthouse
Shopping Malls Acadiana (west Lafayette)
Northgate (north Lafayette)
St. Martinville Sites
Acadian-Cajun Culture ST. MARTIN SQUARE area
     St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church 
     Evangeline Oak
     Evangeline Monument 
Acadian Memorial
Evangeline State Park
Genealogical Information St. Martin Parish Library
Opelousas Sites
Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center
Eunice Sites
Acadian-Cajun Culture Acadian Culture Center - Prairie - Jean Lafitte National Park
     250 W. Park Ave. @ 3rd St.
The Eunice Museum, 220 C. C. Duson Dr. (Rt. 13)
Liberty Theater, 2nd St. & Park Ave.
Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Abbeville Sites
Acadian-Cajun Culture Abbeville Cultural Center
Crowley Sites
Food Belizaire's Cajun Restaurant, 2307 N. Parkerson Ave.
     Dining and dancing
Erath Sites
Acadian-Cajun Culture Acadian Heritage and Cultural Museum, 203 South Broadway
Ville Platte Sites
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