History of Lafayette Parish Courthouse

In January of 1823, the Louisiana Legislature carved Lafayette Parish out of the western portion of Saint Martin Parish.  At that time, there was already a jail building close to the Pinhook outpost settlement of Vermilionville. John and William Reeves owned land adjacent to the outpost and donated property for the purpose of building the […]

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Discover Lafayette’s Past: The Heymann Performing Arts Center

Architect A. Hayes Town designed the first municipal auditorium in Lafayette in 1957, under the direction of Mayor Jerome Domengeaux and Herbert Heymann. Their vision was to serve the eight-parish area of South Louisiana we now call Acadiana. Construction on the auditorium was completed in 1960 at 1373 S. College Road. 60 years later, we […]

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Cheré Coen, Award-Winning Journalist, releases Fifth Viola Valentine Paranormal Mystery Novel Which Captures South Louisiana Culture

We taped a really fun podcast recently which featured Lafayette’s Cheré Dastugue Coen, who writes fictional works under the pen name Cherie Claire. An award-winning journalist in both the fiction and non-fiction realms, Cheré released her fifth Viola Valentine paranormal mystery, Give Up the Ghost, in November 2019. The series features Viola Valentine, a New […]

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