The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) are free and open to students of all ages.

There are two ways to experience a VFT: 

  • Join a pre-scheduled, webinar-style group VFTNo audio or video will be enabled for participants, but students are welcome to use the Chat function throughout the presentation.
  • Request a custom, one-on-one VFT for your class. We'd love to create a special experience just for your students!  Please give us two weeks' notice to create custom VFTs. Contact Rachel Gaudry at rachel.gaudry@hnoc.org to begin the process.

Free ASL interpretation is available for all virtual education programs. Please let us know how we can accommodate the needs of your group.


Upcoming Virtual Field Trips

 

History of NORD 
Tuesday, October 12, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Grades 6-12

Around the time of World War II, organizations formed around the United States to combat juvenile delinquency and provide youth with a wartime physical fitness program. In 1946, the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) was created, and within three years it was hailed as one of the most progressive recreation programs in the country. This Virtual Field Trip will examine NORD from its creation in 1946 to the present day and include information about the organization during World War II, segregation, integration, and post-Katrina 

Pre-VFT resource:

A Place to Play: The First Years of NORD, 1947-1948, an online exhibit by the New Orleans Public Library

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The Life of Morris Jeff Sr., Leader of the New Orleans Recreation Department

Tuesday, November 2, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Grades 6-12

Morris Francis Xavier Jeff, Sr., was a community leader in New Orleans during the mid-20th century. He was a veteran teacher in the Louisiana public school system for 37 years. He was a pioneer in establishing recreational and educational programs for the African American community. This Virtual Field Trip will look at the life of Morris Jeff Sr. and his contributions to New Orleans history. This experience will include a recorded discussion with Ms. Jolene Jeff, daughter of Mr. Jeff Sr., as she shares personal memories and rarely seen images of New Orleans from her personal collection.

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Environmental Justice Series, Part 1: Michael Pellet on Lincoln Beach

Partner Series with Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at University of New Orleans

Wednesday, December 1, 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Grades 6-12

Lincoln Beach, on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans East, was the African American beach during segregation. This Community Chat will include Michael Pellet, a community activist seeking to recognize the historical significance of Lincoln Beach and restore it as recreational resource for the community of New Orleans East This Chat will also explore the history of Lincoln Beach using Google Earth and archaeological concepts

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Environmental Justice Series, Part 2: Michael Esealuka of Healthy Gulf and Joy Banner of The Descendants Project

Partner Series with Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at University of New Orleans

Thursday, December 2, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Grades 6-12

This Community Chat will look at the communities of Ironton, Plaquemines Parish and Wallace, St. John the Baptist Parish. These communities face environmental justice battles common around the state of Louisiana, that involve preventing large industries from encroaching and creating toxic environments on communities’ ancestral land. This VFT will focus on the practice of using historical archaeology to assist marginalized communities in protecting their land and telling their stories. Representatives from Healthy Gulf and other community activist groups involved in the grassroots efforts of Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist respectively, will be present to discuss their experience in community organizing.

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Black Leaders in Louisiana During Reconstruction

Monday, December 6, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Grades 6-12

The Reconstruction Period was a critical era in the fate of democracy in the United States. In 1867, a convention was held with delegates representing various parishes from around the state of Louisiana. The responsibility of these delegates was to draw up a new state constitution that validated the passage of the 14th Amendment. A substantial number of the delegates were African Americans who were held in high regard among their communities.

This 30-minute VFT will explore the lives of Oscar Dunn, Pierre G. Deslonde, C.C. Antoine, P.B.S. Pinchback, and other Black leaders who served as delegates during the convention. We will examine their roles in helping to pass the Louisiana Constitution of 1868, which was one of the most liberal of its kind and provided for Black male suffrage as well as equal rights for all Louisianians in public education and accommodations.

Pre-VFT resources:

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Creole Myth

Tuesday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Grades 6-12

Near the end of Reconstruction, author George Washington Cable, an Anglo-native of Uptown New Orleans, received international acclaim for his fictional depictions of Louisiana Creoles. The local Creole population, however, was less impressed with Cable’s work. Charles Gayerrea Creole and the chief historian of Louisiana, gave a series of public addresses to save the honor of the Creole communitand to set the historical record straight. Gayerre's addresses downplayed the existence of racially mixed free people of color before the Civil War and sought to deny their Creole identity. This VFT will explore Gayerre's myths about Creole identity and how those myths have contributed to our view of New Orleans history today.

Pre-VFT resources:

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Community Chat with Alison McCrary: The Fight to Pass Louisiana Amendment 2 (Unanimous Jury Verdict for Felony Trials)

Wednesday, December 8, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Grades 6-12

On November 6, 2018, Louisiana’s Constitutional Amendment 2 passed with 64% of the vote. This ended Louisiana’s Jim Crow juries law. For 138 years, Louisiana was the only state in the nation with non-unanimous juries, allowing people to be convicted of a crime and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole with only 10 of 12 jurors agreeing on a verdict. This Community Chat will include Alison McCrarya social justice movement lawyer, restorative justice practitioner, and a tribal citizen of the Ani-Yun-Wiya United Cherokee Nation. She works as a national criminal justice reform strategist supporting about 50 formerly-incarcerated-people-led non-profits, as a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row, and as the founding Director of the ReEntry Mediation Institute of Louisiana. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, President of the Louisiana National Lawyers Guild, and Statewide Manager for the Unanimous Jury Coalition and Yes on Two Campaign abolishing the 138-year-old Jim Crow law in Louisiana.  

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Past Virtual Field Trips

 

Browse our playlist of VFTs on YouTube or click on a link below to watch a recording of a past group Virtual Field Trip!