AB-605 | Evangeline Country
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
The tourism industry in Louisiana has also capitalized on the popularity of Evangeline. Like Nova Scotia, which claims to be the "Land of Evangeline," the Acadian, or Cajun, area of Louisiana touts itself as "Evangeline Country."
To draw visitors, they promote Acadian attractions, especially places associated with Evangeline, such as St. Martinville, where the Evangeline Oak and the old graveyard of St. Martin de Tours church are located. The municipality's Evangeline Oak Park dates from the late 1800s.
As in Nova Scotia, Acadian tourism promotion in Louisiana was inspired by Longfellow's poem. Railway companies were also big promoters.
This railway advertising brochure, Evangeline Country, put out by the Southern Pacific Lines, states that Evangeline is buried in the church graveyard in St. Martinville, Louisiana.
In the brochure, Southern Pacific Lines promotes Louisiana as a tourist destination.
The brochure dates from 1929.
The brochure was published by the Southern Pacific Lines railway company.