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August 24, 2023
Lauren Goforth, 2023 DAGS fellow

An antique armoire gives insight into a New Iberia plantation's complicated history and road to preservation.

July 13, 2023
Kurt Owens, Visitor Services interpreter

THNOC's Aeolian organ harkens back to a decadent era in musical history.

May 25, 2023
Mark Cave, senior historian

In a substantial new acquisition, the archive of artist Bunny Matthews comes to The Historic New Orleans Collection.

May 4, 2023
By Joseph Will and Ashanty Felipe, fall 2022 Black digital humanities interns

Two student scholars find answers—and questions—in their search for records of Black craftspeople in New Orleans.

April 26, 2023
By THNOC Staff

Would Sylvanie Williams be proud of the state of women's rights in our country today? Read the moving responses of ten students, winners of the THNOC's 2023 student essay contest.

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.

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.

October 21, 2022
Dylan Jordan, Visitor Services interpreter

Using rare and one-of a kind items, THNOC's Louisiana History Galleries traces the state's history from before the colonial era through Hurricane Katrina. These five objects from the galleries shine light on New Orleans's rich past.

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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