Creole research conference spotlights ways of preserving cultural records | Entertainment/Life

Creole culture will be spotlighted in a day-long conference Saturday called “We Know This Place: Curating Louisiana’s Creole Heritage” at Xavier University.

The Louisiana Creole Research Association’s event includes a series of workshops and programs aimed at preserving and documenting cultural information, as well as digitizing it.

The New Orleans-based organization is partnering with the (Smithsonian Institute’s) National Museum of African American History and Culture in the program, said Pat Schexnayder, conference chair.

“Our organizations share a passion for storytelling through various media, exploring how African American culture and history impact the overall American culture, ,” he said.

The curation and preservation of the culture dovetails with the museum’s efforts. 

“Our Community Curation activities exemplify the national museum’s current Living History campaign,” noted Dr. Doretha K. Williams, Smith Fund program manager at the museum. “Knowing that we are giving voice … for underrepresented and newly recovered narratives of Black history and cultural experiences through our digitization, preservation, genealogy, and education projects truly brings history to life in ways that enrich everyone’s identity as Americans.”

The Saturday event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Convocation Annex on Stroelitz Street, New Orleans.

Conference participants will also be able to participate in a curated tour of “Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers” at the New Orleans Museum of Art 9 a.m. Sunday.

The conference fees start at $30. Visit

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