First Draft - Arts and Entertainment

March 30, 2023
By Lydia Blackmore, decorative arts curator, and Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor

The singular showgirl left behind a trove of furnishings and memorabilia, and THNOC has acquired a select group to preserve this spicy slice of French Quarter history.

March 24, 2023
By Nina Bozak, curator of rare books, and Vasser Howorth, manuscripts cataloger

Two THNOC staffers share their work to rehouse the fragile glass-disc masters of 1940s jazz recordings produced by Bill Russell.

February 2, 2023
By Nick Weldon, editor

Music educators are working to ensure that New Orleans’s marching band tradition continues for generations to come.

January 6, 2023

The Historic New Orleans Collection is your destination for all things Carnival in 2023!

December 29, 2022
By Aimee Everrett, curator

A new THNOC acquisition gives a behind-the-scenes look at the work of a prolific artist.

December 21, 2022
By Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor, and Terri Simon, associate editor

From jazz to bounce, funk to klezmer, these songs add local flavor to the holidays.

December 7, 2022
Fran Mahon and Grace Ford-Dicks, 2022 DAGS fellows

Two decorative arts fellows are part of a growing wave of scholars challenging established norms for the field.

December 5, 2022
By Nina Bozak, curator of rare books

A new collection at THNOC documents the career of a “little” woman who made a big impact on New Orleans music.

October 13, 2022
By Nick Weldon, editor

The 23rd Bill Russell Lecture at THNOC spotlighted the remarkable life and legacy of Mahalia Jackson through scholarship and performance.

September 30, 2022
By Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor

A 1993 play remains one of the few adaptations of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. THNOC talked to the play's production designer about her vision for the show and its influence on her own artwork.


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