Tell Your Story

The Opelousas Tricentennial Oral History Project invites locals to contribute their personal experiences and reflections to the city's celebration of 300 Years of le Poste de Opelousas. 

Tricentennial Oral History Project

In Spring 2018, the Main Street Program, City of Opelousas, secured a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in order to support the Opelousas Tricentennial Oral History Project. The oral history project will engage the community by inviting the city’s residents to participate and share stories of their ancestors and other historical aspects of the area, thereby creating a permanent record for future generations. Photographs shared during the interviews will be scanned by project volunteers for exhibition purposes and will be displayed at both Le Vieux Village Historical Park and Heritage Museum and the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center for a special tricentennial exhibit. The project includes numerous community partners as volunteers: Imperial St.Landry Genealogical and Historical Society, Opelousas High School, Opelousas-Eunice Public Library, the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center, and the Center for Louisiana Studies at UL Lafayette. All collected materials will be deposited into the archives housed at the Center for Louisiana Studies for research purposes.​


Oral History Interviews

Interviews will be conducted by community volunteers in a variety of settings. All volunteers will go through a training process so that they are comfortable using the interview equipment and are prepared to conduct interviews and log their notes and accompanying paperwork. All oral history materials will be donated to the Center for Louisiana Studies at UL Lafayette at the conclusion of the project. A traveling exhibit developed from the oral history project will debut during the Opelousas Tricentennial celebrations. 

300 Years at le Poste de Opelousas

Here are some ways you can contribute your memories, experiences and reflections:

Volunteer for an Interview

interview locations include

Le Vieux Village Historical Park and Heritage Museum

Opelousas Public Library

Opelousas Interpretive Museum

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home/C'est la vie Independent Living

Opelousas High School

Contribute to the Image Catalog

Upload your family photos and local memorabilia. Contact for your secure link, or to schedule a time to bring in your items for scanning and 3D documentation.

Volunteer to Process Donated Material

We need help with interview transcriptions and media processing. To learn more about how to help keep the project organized and on track, email

Project Staff & Consultants

Melanie Lee-Lebouef

Amisha Thibeaux

Kaia Winfrey

Jennifer Ritter Guidry

Carola L. Hartley

Sarah Sterling

Julia Fontenot

Jameelah Pickens

Brad Chavis

Herman Fuselier

Project Contributors

Etha Amling, Cabbot Ballard, Laura Barber, Doris Barrow, Alton Broussard, Ronald Carrier, Lena Charles, Joe Citizen, Marty Cosgrove, Lucius Doucet, Patrick Fontenot, Herman Fuselier, Wesley Guidroz, Carola Hartley, Rebecca Henry, Eva Iford, Florella Inhern, Slyvia and Charles Morel, Bob Morrison, Estelle Perrault, Charles Renaud, Lee T Roberts, Seth Robin, Martin Roy, Jr., Paul Scott, Anthony Standberry, Goldman Thibodeaux, Susan and Joe Urban 

Special Thanks to the University of Louisiana Division of Archives

*Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Celebrate 300 Opelousas Tricentennial Project will be a milestone celebration of events and programs that reflect the diverse cultural heritage of our area. 


Phone: 337.948.6263

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