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Opelousas announces oral history project to celebrate 300 years

Posted at 3:37 PM, Dec 28, 2020

The City of Opelousas, along with the Celebrate Opelousas 300 Committee, is excited to announce Stories Captured, an oral history project.

The project features a collection of interviews done with local residents, former educators, long time business owners and more. Interviewees shared their experiences, whether it was a life story or a significant period.

The interviews can be viewed online at

The project was organized by Opelousas Tourism and the Celebrate Opelousas 300 Committee, a team made up of staff, consultants and volunteers representing various organizations worked on the project components including audio interviews. Through a partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Special Collection’s Department, interviews will also be archived for future resource use.

The project was made possible through a federal grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMSL) to Opelousas Tourism in the amount of $21,635.

“Our city has such a such a rich history and we are fortunate to have many people from our community share their special stories and recollections which will help, in turn, to preserve our heritage and culture,” said Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor.

Along with Stories Captured, the city highlighted its 300th anniversary year with a variety of activities and projects including a unity prayer event, community mural, traffic box art installations, history workshops, a time capsule burial and more.

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