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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.




September 16, 2022
Loren C. Brown, decorative arts intern, summer 2022

A THNOC internship leads to the creation of an important tool for preserving and displaying Black Masking Indian suits.




August 11, 2022
By Brian Moore, programming coordinator

An experimental theater production sheds new light on one of Tennessee Williams’s most beloved characters.




June 17, 2022
By Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor

Nearly 35 years ago, a heedless conservator drastically changed a rare portrait of a free woman of color. Now, it has been restored and is on view again—and this time, THNOC is telling the story.




November 19, 2021
By Cathe Mizell-Nelson

Were our ancestors glued to the mail like we are glued to our phones? The wealth of postcards with pedestrian information suggests that they may have been.




September 27, 2021
By Lydia Blackmore, Sarah Duggan, and Mallory Taylor

Damage from fire, water, or other natural disasters can ruin possessions and memories. Here are a few tips to rescue damaged items, and advice on when to seek professional help.




August 18, 2021
By THNOC's Visitor Services Department

We asked our audience to tell the stories behind the objects they hold dear. And they delivered.




April 28, 2021
By Sarah Duggan, DAGS coordinator and research curator

Since 2011, graduate students and other emerging museum professionals have spent their summers traveling throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama cataloging historic objects made or used in the region before 1865. These are some of the highlights.




March 5, 2021
By Mark Cave, senior historian

The first case of COVID-19 in Louisiana was diagnosed on March 9, 2020. As part of its efforts to record this transformative period in our region's history, THNOC is sharing the personal stories of three local leaders from the frontline.




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