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P. O. Box 2361,
Opelousas, LA 70571

Description

The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. (ZHPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, understanding, and development of Zydeco music, history, and culture as well as rural black Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas. The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. was established in 2000 in Opelousas, Louisiana (Zydeco Capital of the World) by citizens concerned about the loss of irreplaceable segments of Zydeco Music and Creole heritage that included structures, oral traditions, collective community memories and fabric, and the facilitation and healthy development of present day Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana and Texas.

 

The founding of the Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. was inspired by The Treasures of Opelousas, a grassroots organization made up of local citizens from Opelousas, Louisiana who were concerned that Zydeco Music and Culture was slowly dying out. In an effort to preserve this unique form of history and cultural expression, The Treasures of Opelousas organized The Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival (the first and oldest Zydeco Festival in the World) in 1981. In fact, many members of the Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. are the children of the original Treasures of Opelousas and still have strong ties to Zydeco Music and Creole culture. Since the start to the first Zydeco Festival in 1982, Zydeco Music and Culture has grown into one of the most popular form of musical and cultural expression in the world.

 

The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. welcomes the support of all who care about Zydeco and Creole history and culture. The Zydeco Historical and Preservation Society, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 corporation. Your membership donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.