- Restoration and installation of twenty-one tri-lingual historical markers that designate significant older buildings in New Iberia.
- Facilitation of performances by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra for New Iberia concerts.
- Participation in cultural exchanges between New Iberia and its sister cities. In 2009, Iberia Cultural Resources was the sole sponsor of a cocktail party to welcome a Spanish delegation from New Iberia's twin city in Spain, Alhaurin de la Torre.
- Sponsorship of historical lectures of local interest.
- Participation in joint projects with the Iberia Parish Library, Bayou Teche Museum, Shadows-on-the-Teche, New Iberia Arts and Cultural Commission, New Iberia Berry Queens,and New Iberia Main Street Program.
- Sponsorship of Iberia Performing Arts League musicals.
`Publication of " New Iberia-What Can't Be Lost "in October, 2013**
The organization holds four one-hour meetings a year at which it often presents outstanding programs and historical lectures. Our volunteer staff works diligently all year long to coordinate events with other nonprofit civic and cultural organizations.
Iberia Preservation Alliance
In September, 2010, the Iberia Cultural Resources Association spearheaded a campaign to join forces with the Bayou Teche Museum and the Shadows-on-the-Teche to form the Iberia Preservation Alliance. This Alliance was formed in an effort to coordinate and support the three organizations’ mutual interest in the preservation of the history and culture of New Iberia. These three entities of Bayou Teche Museum, Iberia Cultural Resources and Shadows-on-the-Teche retain their independent fundraisers, but do share efforts and proceeds on two joint Alliance fundraisers a year as part of the Iberia Preservation Alliance. The Preservation Alliance may possibly partner with other entities on specific projects. For example, the “New Iberia Beneath the Balconies,” takes place every Fall, together with the City of New Iberia's Main Street Program, the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Iberia Berry Queens, and the Downtown Merchants .All entities help to promote this event. The second Alliance project takes place in the Spring and is called "Dave Robicheaux's Hometown Literary Festival". This three day Main Street event has several key components including a 5K Run, Guided Tours, Cuisine and Music, Authors/Publishers Roundtable, Academic Symposium, Book Fair and Shopping, Theatrical Vignettes, and a Bouree Experience. For more information, contact www.iberiatravel.com.
In an effort to preserve the memories of Iberia Parish residents, the Iberia Cultural Resources Association is collecting, publishing, and printing recollections written by individuals who grew up in Iberia Parish. Residents have been invited to submit memorable stories and anecdotes that might shed light on times gone by, or give perspective to activities, places, and events that have been an integral part of life in Iberia Parish."New Iberia- What Can't Be Lost", Book 1 has been published and is still available. Book orders are being taken now by calling (337) 256-1723 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Iberia Cultural Resources Association plans to publish a second book in this series of "What Can't Be Lost" in the future.
Anyone interested in submitting a story can mail or email:
Suzy Shea Kimball
106 Edgewater Drive, New Iberia, LA 70563