From the historic House Chamber where in 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union to the impeachment proceedings of Gov. Huey P. Long in the Senate Chamber, this old Statehouse has seen it all! We celebrate the spirit of this building each October with a signature fundraising event, Spirits of Louisiana. For this unique event we invite local distilleries to serve up their spirits for our guests. The event has quickly grown to be one of the premiere events in Baton Rouge with attendance growing each year. Our guests are encouraged to dress up and have fun in this historic setting! Guests enjoy an open bar and fine catered food along with music, photos, raffles and an art auction.
“The Spirits of Louisiana event is a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy one of Louisiana’s most beautiful and historic buildings while supporting its historical and educational missions,” said Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. “The proceeds from this annual event fund important projects that educate and entertain locals and visitors from around the world.”
The Old State Capitol’s mission is to educate children and adults about our rich history and the democratic process through educational programming and interactive exhibitions. Louisiana’s vibrant history is unique and it’s our goal to share that with visitors. All proceeds from Spirits of Louisiana go directly to support the museum’s mission. In 2022, the Old State Capitol was visited by more than 50,000 visitors spanning all 50 states and 77 countries. We offer free admission making our museum a feasible option for the many Title 1 schools in our area along with community summer camps. Our educational programming and events throughout the year are free to the public made possible by proceeds from Spirits of Louisiana.
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Check out photos from previous year's event here!
This year's event will take place Thursday, October 26, 2023.
photos courtesy of Jay Lamm