History is an evolving story. Here at The Historic New Orleans Collection, we gather, research, and share artifacts from New Orleans’ many stories, weaving together the people, places, and events that connect us to the city. First Draft gives readers inside access to our vast institutional holdings and staff expertise in a fresh and dynamic way. Read the latest stories below, or scroll down to browse by theme.


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January 10, 2020
By Robert Ticknor, reference associate

The Baroness de Pontalba survived gunshot wounds and left her husband in France before constructing two of New Orleans's most iconic structures.




December 30, 2019
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

In 1997, a THNOC employee found a bullet in a courtyard that was fired into the air on New Year's Eve. The discovery came during a particularly fraught time in the history of New Year's celebrations in New Orleans.




December 27, 2019
By THNOC Staff

Looking back, we learned a lot this year about everything from peacocks, to a Catholic saint, to the Grateful Dead.




December 9, 2019
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

Though a local school is named for him, Isidore Newman's cultural contributions to New Orleans are much further reaching.




November 22, 2019
By Nick Weldon, associate editor

Already a fixture in the South, Reverend Benjamin Palmer gained national fame—he went viral, in an 1860 sense—just as Southern states were deciding how to respond to Lincoln’s election. 




November 15, 2019
By Mark Cave, senior curator

Here in New Orleans, the evolution of organized sports over the last 150 years has paralleled the fundamental transformations brought to the city after the Civil War.




November 8, 2019
By Emily Perkins, curatorial cataloger

Before he played Dr. Evil's son, Seth Green was a household figure in New Orleans for his role in a Rally's commercial that sparked a beloved Saints cheer.




November 1, 2019
By THNOC staff

THNOC staff members discuss four recent additions to the museum's holdings, each touching on arts and artists in New Orleans.




October 25, 2019
By Dylan Jordan, interpretation assistant

A pair of gruesome murders in the French Quarter, remembered as the “New Orleans Trunk Murders,” was one of the most violent crimes in 1920s New Orleans.




October 18, 2019
By Lissa Capo

New Orleans actor Sid Noel stepped into one of the most iconic local television roles when he created the mad scientist known as Morgus the Magnificent.




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