Behind the Scenes - First Draft

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.

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.


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