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Louisiana Public Broadcasting is preserving Louisiana’s French heritage programs with the help of a national Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). LPB’s series, En Français, was produced in partnership with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and broadcast entirely in French in the 1980s. The grant allows LPB to transfer 176 episodes from the first six years of the series from a vulnerable videotape format, to restore and digitize it, and make it available for the public to view and use.

LPB’s En Français episodes to be saved include programs on 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 of Cajun music; and performances by Theatre ‘Cadien, a local theater group that performed original plays in the Cajun French dialect. The restored En Français episodes preserved through this project will be made freely available for streaming through LPB’s Louisiana Digital Media Archive and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

LPB and the Louisiana State Archives have a wealth of vulnerable recordings in need of preservation and digitization. LPB is asking for the public’s financial support in preserving these at-risk recordings before they are lost to time. Many recordings exist on video or film formats that are deteriorating rapidly and need to be transferred to digital formats, so they can be saved and viewed. For more information on how to support these activities and save our state’s film and video heritage, contact LPB Deputy Director, Christina Melton at cmelton@lpb.org.

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.

Published: May 21, 2018