The Historic New Orleans Collection returns as a participant in

Twelfth Night Revelers pageant design

Twelfth Night Revelers pageant design (detail); created for January 6, 1871; watercolor by Charles Briton; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1975.117.9

This year, THNOC’s annual Mardi Gras-themed guided tours will take visitors through the Williams Residence.

Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans by Howard Philips Smith (University Press of Mississippi, 2017)

Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans by Howard Philips Smith (University Press of Mississippi, 2017)

On Wednesday, January 31, author Howard Philips Smith will give a presentation on his new book Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans (University Press of Mississippi, 2017).

Mardi Gras costume design; 1970; watercolor by Larry Youngblood; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2013.0131.2

Mardi Gras costume design; 1970; watercolor by Larry Youngblood; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2013.0131.2

Join fine art and textile artist Ellen Macomber for a Mardi Gras Headdress workshop at THNOC. Participants will leave with their own creations. Admission is $65 and includes materials, work station and tools.

Dianne Honore; photograph by Cedric Ellsworth, NOLA Vieux Photography

Dianne Honore; photograph by Cedric Ellsworth, NOLA Vieux Photography

Dianne Honore, founder of the Black Storyville Baby Dolls, will present a lecture on the history and culture of the New Orleans Baby Dolls tradition at THNOC on Wednesday, January 17.

Leila Williams as Queen of Mystic

Leila Williams as Queen of Mystic; 1936; The L. Kemper and Leila Moore Williams Founders Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 79-78-L.12

This winter, the home of THNOC’s founders—General and Mrs. L. Kemper Williams—will be decorated for the Carnival season. Photographs, favors, and ephemera from the Williamses’ personal collections will be on display throughout the house.

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