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February 1, 2024
Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor

The rich world of Masonic emblems and aesthetics, and the history of fraternal organizations behind them.

December 8, 2023

A Mystic Brotherhood: Fraternal Orders of New Orleans, a new exhibition at THNOC, explores how Freemasons, Odd Fellows, and similar organizations have shaped social, cultural, and civic life in the Crescent City.


October 5, 2023
Terri Simon, associate editor

From neoclassical architecture to street names, southern Louisiana is full of references to the Roman Empire.

July 3, 2023
Emily Perkins, curatorial cataloger

The second part of the "Coming to New Orleans" series explores immigration to the Crescent City during the 19th century.

April 20, 2023
Sarah Duggan, DAGS project manager

Wondering why Baton Rouge's Old State Capitol is a castle? It's because of the Gothic Revival craze that took Louisiana by storm.

February 27, 2023
By Michael M. Redmann, manuscripts cataloger

These images shed light on the lives of three Irish brothers who helped shape turn-of-the-century New Orleans.

December 12, 2022
Story by Joanna Robinson, Visitor Services interpreter; video by Xiomara Blanco, media producer

Inspired by the Enlightenment, Spanish king Carlos III enacted broad-ranging reforms across the Spanish empire, leading to major improvements in Spanish New Orleans.

November 10, 2022
Story by Kurt Owens, Visitor Services interpreter; video by Xiomara Blanco, media producer

Two great fires destroyed large portions of New Orleans during the city’s Spanish colonial era. The disasters spurred major changes to the cityscape that can still be observed today.

September 2, 2022
By Nick Weldon, editor

Club Desire drew some of the biggest local and national musical acts, nurtured young talents like Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, and operated as a hub of the New Orleans Black community during segregation. 

May 27, 2022
By Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor

Robert Tannen’s Jackson Square abstraction honors a great American plaza.



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