The Historic New Orleans Collection presents
The 23rd Williams Research Center Symposium

"The French Quarter"

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Queen Anne Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street


8 a.m.



9 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Priscilla Lawrence, President / CEO, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Diane Mack, Symposium Moderator, Host of “Morning Edition” and “Inside the Arts,” WWNO 89.9 FM, NPR

9:15 a.m.

The Vieux Carré and Its Riverfront
John T. Magill, historian

Magill, a retired THNOC historian and curator, explores the importance of the river, port, and commerce to the Vieux Carré through history.

10 a.m. Break


10:15 a.m.

A Cultural Geography of the French Quarter, 1800s–1900s
Richard Campanella, Senior Professor of Practice, School of Architecture, Tulane University

Campanella examines how the neighborhood’s cultural geography changed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, looking at the variety of populations and ethnicities that have called the Vieux Carré home.

11 a.m.

The French Quarter Strikes a Pose: Photographs from Three Centuries
John H. Lawrence, Director of Museum Programs, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Lawrence takes attendees on a visual exploration of the French Quarter as depicted in photographs over the medium’s centuries-long history.

11:45 a.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m.

Post-Lunch Remarks
Daniel Hammer, Vice President / Deputy Director, The Historic New Orleans Collection

1:45 p.m.

“Lesbians, Homosexuals, and the Rest of Us:” Making the Post-Prohibition French Quarter Straight Again
Alecia P. Long, the John L. Loos and Paul W. and Nancy Murrill Professor, Department of History, Louisiana State University

Although New Orleans enjoys a reputation now, generally speaking, as a LGBTQ-friendly city, such status has been hard earned. In this session, Long will explore how anti-homosexual reformers attempted to remake the French Quarter after Prohibition in part by discouraging visible homosexuality.

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Good Rockin’: Rhythm and Blues in the French Quarter
Eric Seiferth, Associate Curator / Historian, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Seiferth discusses rhythm and blues as it relates to the French Quarter and the development of rock ‘n roll, through recordings, radio, and performances, as well as a geographic mapping of R&B corridors throughout the city. Musical and visual illustrations will take attendees back to R&B’s heyday and the ascent of rock ‘n roll.

3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Vieux Carré Memoir
Mark Cave, Senior Curator / Oral Historian, The Historic New Orleans Collection
with participants in the Vieux Carré Memoir oral history project

Cave moderates a panel discussion with JoAnn Clevenger; owner or Upperline Restaurant and former French Quarter bar owner; Arthur Brocato, owner of Angelo Brocato Italian Ice Cream Parlor, which started in the French Quarter; and Dorothy Benge; whose family owns the Delacroix Corporation, located at 206 Decatur Street.

4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks


Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

4:30 p.m.

Meet the speakers.