May 2, 2013


For Immediate Release

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 Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau 

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New Iberia Main Street and Shadows-on-the-Teche earn Louisiana Culture Awards

Ray Scriber, Louisiana Main Street Director; Jane Braud, New Iberia Main Street Program Director; Pat Khale, Shadows-on-the-Teche Director; and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne at the Louisiana Culture Awards last week.

NEW IBERIA, La. --- Two New Iberia attractions were among 13 entities to be recognized at the Louisiana Culture Awards Ceremony on April 23, 2013 at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge, La. Hosted by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, the event honors individuals, organizations and communities making outstanding contributions to Louisiana's culture.

Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation Home and Gardens, the first National Trust for Historic Preservation« property in the Gulf South, received the Historic Preservation Education Award. The family home that William Weeks Hall bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1958, opened to the public in 1961 to tell the story of of those who worked in the sugar industry in New Iberia more than 100 years ago. The Shadows-on-the-Teche's staff developed these stories as teaching tools for students to explore similarities and differences with their own lives today. They created workshops in which participants can live like our ancestors in the 1900s (including fishing with bamboo poles). It is from this vantage point that the Shadows-on-the-Teche Education Program was founded and has become a model for historic preservation education.

New Iberia's Main Street received the Historic Preservation Main Street Communities Award. New Iberia's Main Street is a picturesque thoroughfare complete with beautiful old buildings, antebellum homes and a thriving downtown with shops, restaurants, businesses and museums. New Iberia's downtown revitalization achievements exemplify the Main Street approach, which is a strong foundation for development. Private investors and community volunteers have worked alongside city government to create, as bestselling author James Lee Burke called it, "one of the most beautiful main streets in the country." That work carries on as New Iberia continues its efforts to develop its main street.

"It was our pleasure to provide letters of support for Shadows and New Iberia's Main Street for a Louisiana Culture Award," said Fran Thibodeaux, executive director of the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. "They are very strong tourism assets for Iberia Parish, good partners to the IPCVB and leaders in the state's tourism industry, both with model programs that are emulated around the state."


The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy 14 in New Iberia.