Ascension cultural district plan possible

Staff Report

The recent Ascension Parish Council meeting was the forum for an announcement regarding a new cultural district in the parish.

As early as August, work may begin on creating a museum dedicated to the history of the Mississippi River steamboats. The area would be built on Hwy. 942, across from Houma’s House Plantation.

Plans would include space to highlight the music, folklore and history of commerce brought about by steamboats along the lower Mississippi River.

Council members unanimously approved the proposal, as it will not only bring about jobs in the area, but also showcase the River Parishes unique relationship with the Mississippi River.

Funding for the project will come from the personal funds of Kevin Kelly, owner of Houma’s House Plantation, and a $5.3 million grant through the La. Department of Transportation and Development’s Scenic Byways program.