John Coykendall is a renowned heirloom seed saver, a classically trained artist, and Master Gardener at Blackberry Farm, one of America's top resorts. He has spent half his life working to preserve the seeds and stories of a small Louisiana farming community.
Since 1973, he has made an annual pilgrimage to Louisiana to record the oral histories and growing techniques, recipes, and folktales of Louisiana farmers and gardeners in more than 80 beautifully illustrated journals. He has saved and safeguarded rare varieties of the crops they once grew and handed them back to the community they came from.
His work inspires us to reconnect with the land, with the seeds and growing expertise that our ancestors passed on to us, to grab hold and pass that legacy on to future generation - whitle there is still time.
A Documentary by Christina Melton.
Funding Provided in Part by CAMELLIA BRAND BEANS.
In the center of the busiest corridor of one of Louisiana’s largest cities lie hundreds of acres of fields, forests and remnants of a lifestyle from an earlier century. LPB, the Burden Foundation, LSU and the LSU AgCenter present Burden Museum & Gardens: A Family’s Gift
. This program takes us on a journey that begins in the 1800’s where we meet the family whose heirs would eventually make an extraordinary gift for future generations.
A Summer of Birds
is an LPB documentary that details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of the renowned naturalist painter John James Audubon.
Based on the acclaimed book A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House
by Baton Rouge Advocate columnist Danny Heitman, the program chronicles the summer of 1821 which he spent in Louisiana at the Oakley Plantation in West Feliciana Parish.
Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward narrates the program, which features an original musical score by Suncoast Emmy winner Mike Esneault.
Louisiana Legends Interview DVD
LPB's Louisiana Legends series highlights outstanding Louisianans who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines including writing, art, entertainment, politics, public service and athletics. Featuring insightful biographical videos and in-depth interviews with host Beth Courtney, these shows provide intimate glimpses into the lives of the state's most influential, visionary and successful citizens. Please specify the name of the Louisiana Legend interview you want, along with a brief description. For a full list of Lousiana Legends past and present, visit www.lpb.org/legends
Interviews available include:
State Senator, Businesswoman, Civic Leader, Philanthropist
Rhythm and Blues and Soul Singer
Former U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team Coach
Director General of the Foreign Service and Former Ambassador to Liberia
Acadian Ambulance co-founder and philanthropist
Retired Army Lt. General Russel Honoré
Hall of Fame Quarterback
Businessman and Philanthropist
Single dvd from Louisiana: A History, the most ambitious and exciting project in the 25-year history of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. This six-part series tells the colorful story of Louisiana for the citizens and students of our state. More than just a review of historic events, this series explores the rich legacy of the many cultures that have left their imprint on Louisiana, and illustrates why Louisiana is truly a state like no other. The series begins with pre-history and explores the major eras, events and personalities that have shaped Louisiana through the modern era. It includes the contributions and history of every region of the state and reflects our cultural diversity, a critical factor in understanding why Louisiana is different from other southern states. Louisiana: A History combines historical renderings, rarely seen photographs, and historical documents with powerful videography to create a unique view of our state. Using old journals, correspondence and family reminiscences, the story also reveals the voices of real people describing how they lived, worked, played and survived. In essence, this series explains "what we are" as a state by showing us "who we are" as a people."
Single episode DVD. Our staff will contact you at the phone number given for additional information if needed. * Some restrictions apply.
Join LPB's Charlie Whinham as he travels throughout our state, visiting the people and places that make Louisiana such a tourist destination! From Avery Island, birthplace of Tabasco hot pepper sauce, to the quaint and colorful city of Natchitoches; from the prehistoric earthworks of Poverty Point to the unforgettable experience at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, to the serene beauty of the Kisatchie National Forest; Louisiana Travels
makes the rounds to these unique locations, showcasing sites no one should miss!
The epic story of one of the most celebrated and misunderstood ethnic communities in North America. Ravaged by religious wars, French peasant farmers left western France in the 17th century to establish a new homeland in the wilderness of what is today Nova Scotia. After a brutal deportation by the British, the ancestors of Cajun people were able to end their exile and reunite their families in Louisiana.
The Atchafalaya is a mysterious land, as much underwater as above. Its lush environment is home to alligators, egrets, black bears – and for a time two people who yearned for a simple, natural life. Atchafalaya Houseboat
shares the experiences of Gwen Roland and her companion Calvin Voisin, who left civilization in the turmoil of the early 1970s for the unspoiled beauty of the nation’s largest river swamp, Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin.
Along their journey, they befriended photographer C.C. Lockwood, who shared their love of the basin’s endangered beauty. Lockwood’s stunning photographs of the Atchafalaya, featuring Gwen and Calvin, were published in National Geographic magazine.
Discover what drew Gwen and Calvin into the Atchafalaya Basin’s breathtaking beauty and see Lockwood’s stunning photographs of the couple in this natural wilderness.
In a story that pre-dates America, the multi-cultural Creoles of Cane River, Louisiana see themselves as somewhere between black and white. The Spirit of a Culture: Cane River Creoles recounts the Cane River Creole identity struggle from colonial French Louisiana to today's Creole led multicultural renaissance - against the notion of race as a deciding feature of a population.
In order to understand the culture of the Creole community of Cane River, you have to understand their development as a people. This program takes viewers through the historical events that helped shaped them into who they are today. One of the most important facts that provides insight about the Cane River Creoles is that their ancestors, who were French, Spanish, African and Indian, always held onto the fact that they were citizens of France, long after the sale of the Louisiana Territory to America in 1803.
With guidance from the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Bill Rodman and Flo R. Ulmer were able to secure the help of four scholars to help guide the project. Those scholars were Dr. Pete Gregory, Dr. Dayna Bowker Lee, Dr. Susan Dollar and Dr. Kathleen Byrd. Other advice came from the Cane River National Heritage Area.
"As producers, we felt that members from the Cane River Creole community should tell their own story," Ulmer said. "Five Cane River Creoles were chosen to explain the nuances of their culture and to relate where their future lies. Though their words you begin to understand why they do not consider themselves black or African-American, even though they have color, but rather Creole."
Cane River Creoles who participated included Terrel Delphin; Chairperson of the Advisory Council for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center; author John Sarpy, Louis Metoyer, Cane River California Creole and publisher of Bayou Talk, Lair LaCour, whose MaMan dolls were designated by the state as the Bi-Centennial Doll, and Tracey Colson-Fontenot, a mother of four young Creole boys.