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Frank Otis House in Fairview-Riverside State Park
Frank Otis House in Fairview-Riverside State Park

The state of Louisiana has 22 state parks, which are governed by the Office of Lieutenant Governor, a division of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Louisiana's state park system began in 1934 when the state passed legislation that created the State Parks Commission of Louisiana. In 1952, legislation broadened the role of the commission to include the development of outdoor recreation programs and resources. After the State Parks Commission of Louisiana was formed in 1934, 7 sites were acquired for use as state parks. During World War II, the rate of new park acquisition declined with the addition of only one new site, Sam Houston Jones State Park in 1944. In 1966, the National Park Service reviewed Louisiana's state parks system and made many recommendations, which led to specific guidelines and requirements for state parks. Louisiana state parks are selected on the criteria that they must be natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic value. (Full list...)

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Luncheon of the Boating Party

Luncheon of the Boating Party is a painting completed by the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir between 1880 and 1881. It depicts a group of his friends relaxing on a balcony at the Maison Fournaise restaurant beside the Seine River in Chatou, France. Included in the Seventh Impressionist Exhibition in 1882, it was purchased from the artist by Paul Durand-Ruel before being bought after a decade-long pursuit in 1923 by industrialist Duncan Phillips. The painting, now in The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., has a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering light.

Painting: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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