Ritter Guidry, Jennifer

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Jennifer Ritter Guidry holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has served as Assistant Director for the Programming and Special Projects Division (formerly the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism) since 2003 and oversaw production for the UL Press for three years. Her research interests include indigenous Louisiana history and the impact of Americanization on various settlement groups in Louisiana. She also coordinates research and community programming, maintains a working relationship with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism as well as its private sector partners, and participates in several presentations and demonstrations throughout the year. In addition, she supervises all material packaged from the archives for a greater audience in a multitude of formats, plans events and programs throughout the year, and conducts fieldwork for the archives. She has a passion for rural development and creative placemaking and works closely with communities throughout Louisiana.

Center for Louisiana Studies, Assistant Director for Programming and Special Projects
(337) 482-6871
Areas of expertise: 
  • Louisiana history
  • Cultural tourism
  • Environmental tourism
  • Grant writing and management
  • Creative placemaking coaching and facilitation
  • Trail development consultation
Notable achievements: 
  • Lafayette Parish Commissioner for the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
  • AOC Community Media Board of Directors, currently chair
  • Designing Women of Acadiana Board of Directors, currently Secretary
  • Acadiana Food Alliance Board of Directors, currently chair
  • Louisiana Folklore Society Board of Directors, currently Secretary
  • Louisiana Folklife Commission, university representative
  • Louisiana Travel Association, ex oficio National Lands Representative
  • MissLou Rural Tourism Education Initiative, Louisiana Liaison
Research interests: 
  • Coastal and rural communities
  • Food sytems and food security
  • Preservation of vernacular traditions
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