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2016-17 through 2021-22
The Atchafalaya Heritage Area has been designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area.
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The Louisiana State Museum maintains a substantial collection of Louisiana and non-Louisiana related edged weapons, firearms and regulative and protective devices. While some are important merely because of their technical attributions, others have an association with important Louisiana military battles, individuals or places used.
The edged weapon collection contains over 200 items. Prominent sword manufacturers included in the collection are:
War of 1812 and Battle of New Orleans swords include those of Francois Bonaventure Alpuente, Jacques Philippe Villere, and Lieutenant Hugh Hector McLean, a British officer who served during the Battle of New Orleans. Civil War swords include a light artillery saber commonly used by men on both sides of the war and a saber used by President Benjamin Harrison when he was a General in the war. Of particular note in the edged weapons collection is a sword carried by Zachary Taylor in the Mexican American War.
The firearms collection consists of over 200 items from late eighteenth century French pistols to World War II semiautomatic weapons. Many of these items date from the nineteenth century and were used in either the Battle of New Orleans or the Civil War. Manufacturers represented include:
The collection has several Potsdam rifles that were used extensively in the Civil War, including those used on the catafalque of Jefferson Davis. Also included under the armament classification are German, Austrian, French, American, and Japanese firearms, neutralized ammunition, mess kits, and other military artifacts representing World War I and II. Sporting guns used for hunting and target shooting are also prominent in the firearms collection. Of particular note in this collection are General P. G. T. Beauregard's Colt pistol and the Winchester rifle of Reconstruction Governor Henry Warmouth.