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Comprehensive, dynamic online reference guide to arts in Louisiana


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KnowLA is a comprehensive, dynamic online reference guide to the history and culture of Louisiana, including Music, Written Word and more.

The encyclopedia is accessible free of charge to anyone with a web-enabled device.

Sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

The only resource of its kind, KnowLA makes accurate, engaging, scholarly information about Louisiana's culture and history available to everyone with an Internet-enabled device. By compiling peer reviewed, in-depth entries, written by the top scholars in their fields, KnowLA staff are building a permanent digital archive of scholarship on Louisiana, with special features for students, teachers and cultural travelers. KnowLA also brings together cultural and historical materials from most of Louisiana's major archives and special collections.

You can begin exploring and searching KnowLA directly from the home page. From here you can:

Search for a specific topic with the search box in the top right corner;
Browse entries alphabetically with the "Quick Browse" feature;
Click the "Media" tab to find a comprehensive index of the images, videos, audio files, and other media;
Browse entries by topic, category, or time period.
You can navigate KnowLA on all computers with current browsers. If you have trouble, please be sure you have installed the most up-to-date browser software supported by your computer.

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