History is an evolving story. Here at The Historic New Orleans Collection, we gather, research, and share artifacts from New Orleans’ many stories, weaving together the people, places, and events that connect us to the city. First Draft gives readers inside access to our vast institutional holdings and staff expertise in a fresh and dynamic way. Read the latest stories below, or scroll down to browse by theme.

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February 2, 2023
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!




January 6, 2023
Terri Simon, associate editor

An enslaved woman named Sally Miller went to the Louisiana Supreme Court to sue for her freedom. She won, then she was forgotten.




December 29, 2022
Aimee Everrett, curator

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




December 21, 2022
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 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.




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.




November 29, 2022
Story by Dylan Jordan, Visitor Services interpreter; video by Xiomara Blanco, media producer

Untangling the web of war, family ties, and secret pacts that brought Louisiana under Spanish control.




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.




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