inmates on I-10Katrina + 5, hosted on THNOC's You Tube channel, features six oral history slide shows of Hurricane Katrina's first responders. The responders, members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Department of Corrections, recall the first days of search and rescue efforts after the storm. These excerpts are but six examples among the hundreds of first responder oral histories recorded by The Collection since October 2005. The oral histories and accompanying slide shows are the focus of the exhibit Katrina +5: Documenting Disaster.
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LA Territory graphicLouisiana: Purchase to Statehood was created in 2009 by filmmaker Walter Williams to accompany the exhibition Between Colony and State: Louisiana in the Territorial Period, 1803–1812. Through maps, original documents, and interviews with local historians, the Williams’s film explores the people and events that shaped one of the most complex and chaotic periods in Louisiana history.   2009 • 22 minutes

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Michael P. Smith PhotographIn the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith was created in 2009 by filmmaker Kevin McCaffery to accompany the inaugural public exhibition of the Michael P. Smith Archive. The video addresses the life and work of Michael P. Smith (1937­­­-2008), a New Orleans documentary photographer perhaps best known for his coverage of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest). Included are photographs and interviews with friends and family members. 2009 • 11 minutes
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Surrounded by Water Produced by Walter Williams, examines the roles the Mississippi river and Lake Pontchartrain have played in New Orleans’s economic, social, and cultural development, while reflecting upon the effects that the city’s expansion has had upon the bodies of water themselves. 2008 • 38 minutes

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dvd cover The Battle of New Orleans Produced by Walter Williams, the interactive DVD traces the events of the Battle of New Orleans.  Using historical materials, expert interviews, and skillful reenactments, the program brings the conflict to life.
2005 • 38 minutes

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brother in art BROTHERS IN ART Ellsworth and William Woodward and Their Art in the South Produced and written by Karen Snyder; narrated by Lowell Huffman

The Woodward brothers, teachers and artists, arrived in New Orleans in the 1880s and helped establish a thriving art community. Their lives are captured through period footage, interviews with relatives and former students, and by a skillfully illustrated narrative that takes the brothers from young professors to venerated artists and cultural leaders. 1996 • VHS • 30 minutes • $14.95

dvd cover Common Routes: St. Domingue-Louisiana Produced by Walter Williams, the documentary video presents a comprehensive look at the history of St. Domingue (Haiti) and the impact of its revolution on Louisiana, placing particular emphasis on the populations of free people of color on the island and in Louisiana. 20 minutes

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queen of the south QUEEN OF THE SOUTH New Orleans in the 1850s Produced and written by Karen Snyder; original music by Sanford Hinderlie; narrated by John McConnell

Includes interviews with noted historians, architects, and authors, as well as narrated excerpts from Thomas K. Wharton’s 1853-1862 journal 1999 • VHS • 27 minutes • $14.95


in search of yesterday's garden IN SEARCH OF YESTERDAY’S GARDENS Produced and written by Karen Snyder; original music by Sanford Hinderlie; narrated by John McConnell

Takes you on a stroll through the now vanished gardens of 18th- and 19th-century New Orleans, exploring the native and imported plants found in the city’s lush ornamental and practical kitchen gardens 2001• VHS • 30 minutes • $14.95


A Joint Project of The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Historical Association

Includes five talks from the three-day symposium (January 22–25, 2003) and selections from Antonio Soler’s music performed by the Louisiana Vocale Arts Chorale, members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and organist Miguel Bernal Ripoll on January 24, 2003.

Reflections on Charting Louisiana: Five Hundred Years of Maps, John R. Hébert Keynote Address: Jefferson and the Purchase, Joseph Ellis From Esteban to York: African Americans in the Purchase Territory during Three Centuries, Peter H. Wood “In Territories so Extensive and Fertile”: Spanish- and English-Speaking Peoples in Louisiana before the Purchase, Light T. Cummins
Closing Remarks, John Boles
2003 • DVD • $5.00