January 18, 2020
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street
Admission starts at $50. See below for rates.
Register now!

Sports captivate us with narratives of improbable upsets, great champions, and bitter rivalries. Sometimes the story extends beyond the field of play, instigating or mirroring broader social, economic, and cultural developments. In conjunction with the exhibition Crescent City Sport: Stories of Courage and Change, The Historic New Orleans Collection invites you to the 2020 Williams Research Center Symposium. Moderator Jim Henderson and a vibrant slate of speakers will address topics ranging from the indigenous sport of stickball to the birth (and eventual triumph) of the New Orleans Saints.

Symposium schedule

9 a.m.  Registration
10 a.m. Opening Remarks, Daniel Hammer, Executive Director/President and Jim Henderson, former sports director of WWL-TV
10:15 a.m. Riding a Tandem Down St. Charles Avenue: How the Bicycle Changed Women’s Lives in New Orleans and Beyond During the 1890s, Sue Macy, Independent Author
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Ala-Cous Stickball: Revitalizing a Historic Sport, Krista Langley, Natural Resource Specialist, USDA Forest Service
Noon Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. Post-lunch remarks, John H. Lawrence, Director of Museum Programs
1:45 p.m. The Olympic Club of New Orleans, S. Derby Gisclair, author
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. All the Lovers of the Sport Should Meet in New Orleans: Slavery and Freedom at the Racetrack, Katherine Mooney, James P. Jones Associate Professor of History, Florida State University
3:30 p.m. A Conversation with John Mecom Jr., founding owner of the Saints, with Mark Cave, Oral Historian, The Historic New Orleans Collection
4 p.m. Closing remarks
4:15 p.m.

Reception, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

Registration Information

Registration opens Wednesday, November 27, at 9:30 a.m. CST. Register online or call (504) 598-7146.

General Admission $90
THNOC members $75
Student/Educator $50


Registration information

Seating is limited. Registration includes Friday evening and Saturday afternoon receptions, as well as refreshment breaks. Register online or by calling (504) 598-7146. Members who choose to register online: be sure to log in to your “My HNOC” account first, in order to access member rates!

Cancellation policy

To cancel your registration, submit a written statement with your name, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and order number (if applicable) to THNOC, Attn: CRM Specialist, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Cancellations may also be made by calling (504) 598-7146 or e-mailing events@hnoc.org. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation notices received after December 31, 2019.


Hotel Monteleone is offering a discounted rate of $199, plus tax, parking not included.  
For reservations call (504) 523-3341 or (800) 217-2033, or send a fax to (504) 528-1019, by December 18, 2019, and mention “The Historic New Orleans Collection Symposium.”


Premium Parking 145, at 716 Iberville Street, has an early bird rate (before 9 a.m.) of $9. Please note this rate is not valid for overnight parking. Additional parking is available throughout the French Quarter and along the riverfront.