Prairie Acadian Cultural Center celebrates 25 years, Oct. 1, 2016
The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve celebrated its 25th anniversary Oct. 1, 2016, with a variety of activities. I arrived about 2:45 p.m. for a special Cajun music jam session led by Donald Fontenot on accordion. The session paid tribute to the late Claudia Wood, a park ranger at the center and a charter member of the Cajun French Music Association. In preparation for that tribute, CFMA members constructed a gallerie d'en avant inside the center’s music room. From now on, musicians at the center’s Saturday music program will gather on the CFMA’s inside replica of a traditional front porch, the setting where, especially in years gone by, Cajun musicians would play for family and friends.

During the program, members of the CFMA shared memories of Claudia Wood as a gracious, kind, hard-working woman dedicated to helping others. She was a musician who also knew how to organize jam sessions. She worked tirelessly on documentation for the CFMA’s Hall of Fame and on other CFMA activities. Courtney Granger described the major role she had at the Cultural Center in helping him get started as a very young musician. As part of this Flickr set, I have included photos of Claudia that were previously uploaded in other sets.

The photo set also includes shots of some of the exhibits and other areas inside the center.

For information on Saturday programs at the center, go to For general information, go to The center is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to or
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