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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 2, 2022
By Nick Weldon, editor

Club Desire drew some of the biggest local and national musical acts, nurtured young talents like Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, and operated as a hub of the New Orleans Black community during segregation. 




August 24, 2022
By Dave Walker, communication strategist

A 19th-century coat was found in the attic of an old plantation. Now, it's helping researchers understand roles of fashion and clothiers in American slavery.




June 30, 2022
By THNOC staff

Bruce Sunpie Barnes, Big Chief of the North Side Skull and Bone Gang, describes a Mardi Gras Black masking tradition.




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.




May 5, 2022
By Judy Cooper, author-photographer of "Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans"

From the beginning of Jazz Fest, organizer George Wein sought to showcase culture bearers like Mardi Gras Indians and social aid and pleasure clubs alongside musicians. "Dancing in the Streets" author Judy Cooper shares the history of this "heritage on display."




March 25, 2022
By Nick Weldon, editor

The story of how feral hogs arrived at New Orleans’s doorstep, 500 years in the making.




March 10, 2022
By Molly Reid Cleaver, editor

Across his songs, stories, and interviews, Danny Barker embraced the rhythms and archetypes of African American folklore, using his skills as a writer and storyteller to paint indelible portraits of his own folk creations. Here are excerpts illustrating five of his best characters.




January 21, 2022
By THNOC Visitor Services

Ever wanted to take New Orleans History 101? While no intro course can be comprehensive, we've assembled 13 summaries of major themes, events, people, and places, with lots of links to further reading.




December 22, 2021
By Molly Reid Cleaver, editor

The photographer and art-world star makes his New Orleans debut at THNOC with a powerful pair of installations for Prospect.5.




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