October Designated as Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Month
Monday October 01, 2018 11:06 am - Posted By Items of Interest
October is the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Month. During this month, Terrebonne Parish celebrates the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, one of the 49 nationally distinctive heritage areas designated by the United States Congress.
The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area contains the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest river swamp in America. The area encompasses 14 parishes, including Terrebonne Parish, reflecting the unique culture and history evolving from life in and around the Atchafalaya Basin. The Atchafalaya Basin is considered the most productive swamp in the world and contributes substantially to the economy of Louisiana. The basin offers protection during storm surges, as well as exceptional opportunities for education, recreation, and tourism.
Governor John Bel Edwards has duly proclaimed October 2018 as Atchafalaya Month in the State of Louisiana. Terrebonne Parish Government joins with Governor John Bel Edwards, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, and the Atchafalaya Trace Commission in designating the month of October as Atchafalaya National Heritage Month to encourage the citizens of Terrebonne Parish to take time during the month to visit points of interest in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and its basin to become more familiar with this truly national treasure.
Each week during the month of October, Terrebonne Parish will explore the history and locational highlights the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area has to offer. This week’s featured location is located right in the heart of Terrebonne Parish, The Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum.
Explore eye-catching displays and interactive panels that introduce you to the industries, traditions, and personal stories that collectively comprise the parish’s unique culture. The museum offers weekly Cajun music for $1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly. For more information on the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, see the attached flyer.
For more information on the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, visit Atchafalaya.org.