Preserve Louisiana to open new exhibition at Old Governor's Mansion, May 8

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Fonville Winans, Baton Rouge Senior High School, 1947. Image © Louisiana State University Libraries, Special Collections, 2018.

You don’t have to be a bird, to get a bird’s-eye view! Preserve Louisiana’s new exhibition Aerial Views of Baton Rouge: Photography by Fonville Winans opens Tuesday, May 8 at the Old Governor’s Mansion.

Aerial Views of Baton Rouge examines Fonville Winans’ 1947 aerial photographs that feature sites and locations that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places today. These photographs, which were taken from a small private airplane to document the expansion of Baton Rouge, include areas along Park Boulevard, Florida Boulevard, downtown Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University from the aerial vantage point.

Fonville Winans was an American photographer who was best known for capturing the people, landscape, culture and essence of south Louisiana,” said Natalie Mault Mead, Preserve Louisiana Museum Curator. “Although his aerial photographs are not as popularly recognized they document an exciting part of Baton Rouge’s history. Many visitors to this exhibition will recognize our city’s iconic landmarks and streets, and see just how much Baton Rouge has changed since the mid-twentieth century.”

The Aerial Views of Baton Rouge exhibition opens Tuesday, May 3 and will be on view through Friday, September 28. Adults can visit the Old Governor’s Mansion and view the new exhibit for $10, seniors for $9, students for $8 and children under the age of five are free. Active Preserve Louisiana and National Trust for Historic Preservation are free. For more information visit

Preserve Louisiana will also host a Heritage Lecture: The Fonville Winans Cookbook with Winans’ daughter-in- law, Melinda Winans, and cookbook author and LSU Press editor, Cynthia Nobles on Thursday, May 10. The cookbook is a biography about Fonville Winans and includes over 100 of his original recipes. Guests will sample recipes from the cookbook and learn more about the life and photographic works of Fonville Winans. The lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Old Governor’s Mansion. Active Preserve Louisiana members are free and there is a $10 fee for non-members. Visit for more information and registration.

Preserve Louisiana promotes the preservation of Louisiana’s cultural and architectural heritage through education, advocacy and stewardship. For more information visit or call 225-387- 2464.

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