KnowLouisiana is a production of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. We tell the stories of Louisiana through powerful scholarship, dynamic digital media and innovative public events.
Launched in 2015, the site synthesizes our award-winning quarterly magazine Louisiana Cultural Vistas with KnowLA.org, our robust, scholar-driven digital encyclopedia, to present the stories, artistry and cultural heritage of Louisiana in dynamic, accessible ways. We believe Louisiana’s strength lies in its diverse assembly of voices and traditions. Our complex, vibrant state deserves new, multichannel platforms that can reach a global audience. Most importantly, KnowLouisiana seeks to serve the citizens of Louisiana by delivering high quality content, education tools and public programs that give expression to the lives and histories of communities in all 64 parishes.
The editorial direction of the site combines the thematic approach to each issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas and the unfolding events taking place in our state—some planned, some surprising. The 2015 launch parallels “The Louisiana Governors Series: A Historic Job Description,” the LEH’s series of seven panel discussions in the hometowns of the last seven governors. Just as the fall 2015 issue of the print magazine centered on political history relevant to that series, the content debuted on KnowLouisiana.org contributed to those public discussions.
Of course, Louisianans know to expect the unexpected. Come hurricanes, political controversies, or reality TV, the humanities can provide context for understanding the complicated landscape of present-day Louisiana. KnowLouisiana publishes scholarship and digital media that contributes to the public conversation. The most recent example: when New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in the face of tragic events and national debate, called for the removal of four Confederate monuments in the city, the LEH responded with a forum at the Louisiana Humanities Center. Four respected scholars discussed the history of these monuments, then engaged with a standing room-only audience in a lively conversation. We published transcripts, audio and video recordings of the event to spur more dialogue—including several editorials in local newspapers.
KnowLouisiana serves as a centralized resource for relevant, humanities-based stories about our life in our state.
With a quarter century of research, essays, and media in our archives, with strong partners around the state, and with the support of our readers and contributors, we believe this site can raise the bar on what it means to know Louisiana. We invite you to give us your stories and feedback. Click here to let us know what you think.