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NSU rated a Tier One University by U.S. News

Posted by on September 16th, 2013
Category Natchitoches In the Press
Northwestern State University was ranked in Tier One among regional universities in the South in the 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges," the most widely-read assessment of the nation's colleges and universities published annually by U.S. News & World Report. NSU was one of only two Louisiana public institutions in Tier One among regional universities.

Natchitoches Parish History on KALB

Posted by on August 8th, 2013
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches In the Press
Natchitoches was featured on KALB Alexandria's segment "What's Right About CENLA" by reporter Sherman Desselle. Be sure to view this wonderful story about the history of Oakland and Melrose Plantations.

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Preserving Louisiana French in Natchitoches

Posted by on January 9th, 2013
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches In the Press, Press Releases
THIS WEEKEND cultural heritage enthusiasts will gather for the Natchitoches French Table meeting to discuss topics related to the Louisiana French language. The group's purpose is to ensure preservation of the Louisiana French language which is made up of collective dialects spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian communities throughout the former Louisiana Purchase Territory. Dustin Fuqua, a cultural resource specialists, said while Louisiana French technically lacks qualifying criteria for threatened or endangered status and significant cultural maintenance must occur now to ensure preservation and reciprocation. Native speakers, amateurs and heritage enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.  The meeting is Saturday, January 12th, 2013  at 10:00 a.m. in the Overseer's House at Magnolia Plantation which is located at 5529 Highway 119 in Derry, Louisiana. The meeting is hosted by the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.  For more information call Dustin Fuqua at 318-352-0383. Several communities in Louisiana host weekly or monthly French Table meetings.  An effort is now underway to establish a French Table meeting series in Natchitoches Parish.

Cabin Grand Opening

Posted by on December 13th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches In the Press

On Saturday December 15 at 2:30 p.m. Cane River Creole National Historical Park will hold the grand opening of its newly furnished slave/tenant cabin. The effort to furnish the cabin was led by former Oakland Plantation resident Elvin Shields. Elvin was born on Melrose Plantation in 1948 and moved to Oakland Plantation in 1954 where he lived until 1962. After serving in Vietnam, Elvin would marry his sweetheart Betty Robinson. Elvin would eventually go on to serve as a Supervisory Mechanical Engineer for the National Guard Bureau Army Installations at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Since his retirement Elvin has volunteered at the National Park, sharing his childhood experiences with school groups and visitors of all ages. Elvin specializes in demonstrating the toy-making techniques used by his siblings and other plantation kids. The cabin will be furnished to resemble the period when Elvin lived at Oakland, and will serve as one of the only examples in the United States of an original slave/tenant cabin furnished by a former plantation resident. Prior to the grand-opening please join us at Oakland for holiday crafts and live music from Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  This promises to be a truly memorable experience that you will not want to miss. Cane River Creole NHP's Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open seven days a week from 8am-4pm except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. To reach Oakland Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 127, Flora/Cypress. Head east on LA Highway 120 toward Cypress.  Once you reach the LA Highway 1 intersection cross over LA Highway 1 onto LA Highway 494. The parking lot and entrance pavilion for Oakland are 4.5 miles east of Highway 1 on the left. To reach the grounds of Magnolia Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 119, Derry. Head east on LA Highway 119. Cross over LA Highway 1 and proceed for two miles. The grounds of Magnolia Plantation are on the right.  The main at house at Magnolia is privately owned and not open to the public. For more information call 318 356-8441 or visit our website at:                              

  About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at  

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