Baton Rouge Traditions

Maida Owens, editor

Baton Rouge Traditions is a compilation of research conducted in the greater Baton Rouge area primarily over the past decade for the Baton Rouge Folklife Survey, the New Populations Project, and other sources. The project was coordinated by Maida Owens, and 22 folklorists and other writers contributed. Together these essays offer a glimpse of this metropolitan area that is the state's capital.

* indicates that a field report is available upon request.

Presentations, Commemorative Quilt, and Exhibit

Research from this project is being shared with the public through panel discussions, a commemorative quilt, and an exhibit.


If you would like to attend one of the panel discussions and performances, click here.


For information about the commemorative quilt and how you can make quilt squares, click here.


For information about the planned traveling exhibit, click here.

Table of Contents


Baton Rouge Gives

Baton Rouge Makes

Baton Rouge Plays

Baton Rouge Worships

Baton Rouge Works

Baton Rouge Diversifies

Maida Owens is director of the Louisiana Folklife Program within the Division of the Arts. Most of this collection of essays were prepared from 2014 and 2017 as part of the Baton Rouge Folklife Survey. Other essays were prepared as part of the New Populations Initiative, the Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, or earlier projects.