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LPB’s En Français featured as a Special Collection on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Louisiana’s French language and culture is in the national spotlight! Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s En Français is currently featured as a Special Collection on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) at http://americanarchive.org/special_collections/en-francais. The series is believed to be one of the only French language public television series ever produced in the United States. The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity. LPB has been a leading participant in the AAPB since 2009.

LPB’s En Français series, which aired from 1980-1993, is now freely available for streaming on the Louisiana Digital Media Archive at http://www.lpb.org/frencharchive. The series was produced in collaboration with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and is the only original LPB series broadcast entirely in French. The first six seasons of the series were preserved with the help of a national Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

In total, 223 episodes of LPB’s En Français series have been preserved and are available for viewing by the public. The themes of the series include: the preservation of the Cajun French dialect; Acadian history and cultural traditions; life in the Acadiana region of Louisiana; the enduring connection between Louisiana and the Francophone world; performances by the pioneers and stars of Cajun music; and performances by Le Théâtre ‘Cadien, a local theater group from Lafayette that performed original plays in the Cajun French dialect.

Recordings at Risk is a national funding initiative to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value. The program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. To learn more, visit www.clir.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.