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Future of Mansfield State Historic Site May Be Jeopardized By State Budget Cuts

Posted 02/15/2015

Friends of the Mansfield Battlefield are expressing concern that Louisiana’s $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning in July will threaten the future of the Mansfield State Historic Site, which interprets the important Battle of Mansfield and details the Red River Campaign.  This bad news comes as the state is attempting to deal with the current year’s deficit, reported anywhere between $103 and $130 million.

The State of Louisiana has two different departments with responsibilities for museums and historic sites, those under the Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism and those under the Secretary of State. (The Mansfield State Historic Site falls under Culture, Recreation & Tourism.) Both are facing massive cuts and some museums have already be shut down. Recovery from a budget shortfall of this magnitude will not happen quickly, if at all.

The fate of the Mansfield Historic Site, far away from the seat of power in South Louisiana, is questionable. And this comes at a time when attention has been focused on Civil War sites in our state with the 150th commemoration of the U.S. Civil War. Interest in the Civil War and a focus on Reconstruction which begins later this year will continue to draw interest and tourists.

As Louisiana predicts massive cuts in healthcare and education, Friends of the Mansfield Battlefield fears that the Mansfield State Historic Site, which provides historical education, will not survive without a vocal outpouring from those who care about it. The Friends ask all who are interested reach out to state officials now to indicate support for the Site.  Here is contact information for those who can influence decisions:

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne:  

jdardenne@crt.la.gov 

Office of Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne
Capitol Annex Building
1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
PO Box 44243
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4243

Phone: (225) 342-7009 Fax: (225) 342-1949

 

Assistant Secretary of State Parks Dwight Landreneau:

dlandreneau@crt.la.gov

Louisiana Office of State Parks
Dwight Landreneau, Assistant Secretary
P.O. Box 44426
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-4426

888-677-1400 toll free phone

 

State Representative Kenny Cox – (D) The park sits in his representative district –

coxk@legis.la.gov

Office

781 Hwy 494, Natchitoches, LA 71457     

Phone (855) 844-8583    Fax (318) 357-3208

 

State Representative Richard Burford (R) – Represents western DeSoto Parish burfordr@legis.la.gov

Office

671 Hwy 171, Suite E, Stonewall, LA 71078

(318) 925-9588    Fax (318) 925-9590

 

State Senator Sherri Smith-Buffington

smithbuffington@legis.la.gov
District Office
9443 Mansfield Road Suite C, Shreveport, LA 71118
Phone (318) 687-4820 Fax (318) 687-4077