The Williams Research Center Symposium

Annually since 1996


The Historic New Orleans Collection presents
Storyville and Jazz, 1917: An End and a Beginning
The Twenty-Second Annual Williams Research Center Symposium
February 3–4, 2017
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street

Though the citizens of New Orleans may not have known it at the time, the year 1917 was a pivotal moment in the city’s history. The first jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues,” was released, and Storyville, the famed red-light district, closed. One hundred years later, the 2017 Williams Research Center Symposium, Storyville and Jazz, 1917: An End and a Beginning, examines the ways in which the neighborhood and the musical movement have shaped perceptions of New Orleans around the world.

The symposium is presented in conjunction with the release of THNOC’s upcoming book, Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, by Pamela D. Arceneaux, with a foreword by Emily Epstein Landau. The symposium will begin with a keynote address by Arceneaux, followed by a book signing and reception. The following day’s program will feature individual talks and a panel discussion by historians and musicologists.