Bayou History Center, Inc. (Thibodaux, LA)


  • Name:Ms. Patricia Whitney
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bayou History Center, Inc.
  • Address:1206 Cardinal Drive
    Thibodaux, LA 70301
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:985-859-3214

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  • Mission:
  • "Studying Yesterday to Understand Today and Improve Tomorrow" Our mission is to promote the study and preservation of family and community history, with an eventual goal of enhancing awareness of generational patterns of social injustice in the Bayou Region of coastal southeastern Louisiana, in particular the parishes of Terrebonne, Lafourche and Assumption.

  • Overview:
  • The program uses education and outreach to promote family and community history study and preservation. The concept is that by encouraging the collection of personal genealogical data individuals will develop a self-interest that can be directed into the study of community history and generational patterns of social injustice that play a role in relevant socital issues impacting people and communities today. Methods used include: informal educational programs; public speaking engagements; publishing articles, historical data sets, family histories, and community histories; guided enviro-history tours and family-history tours. Specialties include: Researching Slave Ancestry; Environmental Justice from a Historical Point of View.

  • History:
  • Bayou History Center, Inc. was issued a state charter in 2007 as a nonprofit organization and received tax exemption status under 501c3 by the IRS in 2010. Unfortunately, an error was made in which BHC was classified as a "private foundation," but efforts are underway to have that changed to "public charity" status. However, the waiting period for status change is five years. In the meantime, the IRS has issued a letter to BHC (which letter will be attached hereto) authorizing BHC to state to funders that we are considered a "public charity" under their rules and guidelines at the current time.

    Bayou History Center, Inc. was formed to increase awareness and participation in the study of family and community history, but with a twist. The twist is to use the knowledge gained in this research to involve participants in searching for and recognizing patterns of social injustice that can be ascertained through studying 20-year generational segments of time. This includes societal patterns that lead to or descend from poverty, racism and illiteracy. In recognizing patterns of behavior that are detrimental to society today but have their roots in historical times, participants can begin to seek opportunities for changing those patterns for the betterment of individuals and communities today and into the future. While BHC works with individuals from many ethnic backgrounds, we specialize in assisting those researchers interested in studying slave ancestry, particularly individuals with African-American or Native-American heritage. We are currently working to collect, organize and eventually publish a compendium of genealogical and historical information entitled "Slaves of the Bayou Country," in an effort to assist in this type of research. In addition, BHC understands that the geographical area in which we work is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country to the looming crisis of the forced migration of entire communities because of the impacts of coastal land loss and sea level rise. This threatens a way of life for vulnerable communities that have existed and survived in this region for centuries. We feel it is important that residents begin today to collect and preserve as much as possible of the history, information and knowledge currently available. Promoting this research is critical to communities being able to adapt as seamlessly as possible to whatever options they are faced with in the future.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:26-1921871

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:261921871
  • Organization Name:BAYOU HISTORY CENTER INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:1206 CARDINAL DR
  • Organization City:THIBODAUX
  • Organization State:LA
  • Organization Zip:70301-4815
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:04
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Private non-operating foundation
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:00 (990 - Not required to file (all other))
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$40,464
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$40,464
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:34:13 pm

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