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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.




April 21, 2022
By Nick Weldon, editor

A Q&A with Yuts, the pseudonymous creator of the acclaimed indie game Norco, and Richard Sexton, photographer and author of Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River.




March 25, 2022
By Nick Weldon, editor

The story of how feral hogs arrived at New Orleans’s doorstep, 500 years in the making.




January 21, 2022
By THNOC Visitor Services

Ever wanted to take New Orleans History 101? While no intro course can be comprehensive, we've assembled 13 summaries of major themes, events, people, and places, with lots of links to further reading.




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