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Dance Halls, Juke Joints, and Honky Tonks
Placemaking and Cultural Sustainability Symposium

Placemaking and Cultural Sustainability Symposium

March 21 - March 23, 2016

Lafayette, LA

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Landry's Paladium, Lafayette, LA 1950's, Photo courtesy of Johnnie Allan and Center for Louisiana Studies, UL Lafayette

Landry’s Paladium, Lafayette, LA 1950’s, Photo courtesy of Johnnie Allan and Center for Louisiana Studies, UL Lafayette

Register NowThis symposium focuses on the issues associated with the preservation of dance halls and similar sites throughout the rural South. Some of the constant threats include relevancy, development pressures, deterioration, and financial viability. This symposium brings together experts and enthusiasts to discuss history, architecture, and culture associated with these buildings. A dialog will be created to share successes and failures and assist states in sharing information about their resources.

The symposium will be held March 22-23, 2016 at the Performance Center at Vermillionville in Lafayette, Louisiana. Pre-symposium workshops are planned for March 21st on condition assessments of the halls and financial aspects of preservation at sites near Lafayette. The program will feature two days of contributed papers. We are soliciting oral presentations that discuss topics which center on preservation and culture of these landmarks. These topics include building/architecture, culture, relevancy, issues facing the halls, deterioration, developmental pressures, and royalties. To find out more information about becoming a speaker please visit the announcement.

Symposium Cost:

$199 Registration (After March 1, 2016)

$199 Speaker Registration (Waived because of a partnership with Bayou Vermilion District)

$99 Student Registration (limited student seats are available. Student must provide photocopy of current student ID and a letter of interest. Student applications should be emailed to sarah_m_jackson@nps.gov)

Pre-Symposium Workshop:

$99 Workshop Registration

$249 Registration for Symposium and Pre-symposium Workshop


Hotel Room Blocks:

Doubletree by Hilton
1521 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70503
For reservations please call 1-800-222-8733 and identify yourself National Park Service. There are a limited number of rooms available at a rate of $89/night.


Wyndham Garden
1801 W. Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
For reservations please call 337-769-9408 or email the request to reservations@wglaf.com and identify the group as National Park Service.



Conference Partners: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Friends of NCPTT, National Park Service, Center for Louisiana Studies, Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, Bayou Vermillion District

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Vermilionville Living History & Folk Life Park<br /><small>Placemaking and Cultural Sustainability Symposium</small>
300 Fisher Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508 United States
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119