Groundbreaking at LSU Eunice

We observed the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Community Education classroom building at LSU Eunice this afternoon.  The bulldozers showed up over a week or so ago to do the real ground breaking, so this one was for show.  Given the recent drought and the hardness of the ground, the dignitaries assembled no doubt appreciated the pile of freshly-turned loose dirt provided for the ceremonial occasion.

We won’t move into our new quarters until 2012, but meanwhile we’ll be planning for how we’re going to use our new space.   In a community whose principal industry is tourism based on the local Cajun culture, my aim is to develop a viable center and laboratory for the study and preservation of things Cajun/Creole: the language, the culture, the cuisine, the music.

We already have in this community a National Park museum devoted to Cajun heritage, along with the Liberty Center that hosts the weekly Saturday night Rendezvous des Cajuns.  As the local university, we can partner with these entities to capitalize on the rich local color of our “Prairie Cajun Capitol” of Louisiana.

Ouai, mes amis, on va passer un bontemp ici ‘a grand Eunice!