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Richard J. Catalon Sr. Creole Heritage Award Nominations
May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
Vermilionville is now accepting nominees for the Richard J. Catalon Sr. Creole Heritage Award. This prestigious award was established in 2004 honoring one of the museum’s first artisans, Richard J. Catalon, Sr.
Shortly after retirement, Mr. Catalon became engaged in his “dream job” at Vermilionville. Finally, he could talk about his life experiences as a Creole. For over ten years, Mr. Catalon worked in the Mouton House and regaled many visitors from around the world with the Creole history, often in his fluent French Creole language.
He was known to visit schools to educate students on the history of the culture and traditions, and to encourage the Creole language. Vermilionville’s annual Creole Culture Day started in 2003 in memory of Mr. Catalon.
The award honors contributions made by individuals who actively promote the advancement of the Creole Culture through language, food, art, music, dance, Creole language studies, education and traditions. Individuals who demonstrate any of the following characteristics should apply or be nominated:
- Ambassador or promoter of the Creole Culture or heritage;
- Involvement in local cultural organization(s);
- Displaying character values as a role model for future generations.
To date, seventeen local leaders have received the award for their outstanding contributions to the community and the culture. Nomination forms are available online at vermilionville.org/catalonheritageaward. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2023. The award recipient will be announced at the Annual Creole Culture Day Celebration at Vermilionville, June 11, 2023, at a 1 PM ceremony. Call Vermilionville with any questions, 337-233-4077.