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March 25, 2020
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

Here in New Orleans, which has one of the highest concentrations of COVID-19 cases in the country, we are adjusting to this new reality of life during a pandemic. This is how we're documenting it.

September 18, 2019
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

A month ago, we wrote an article about THNOC’s acquisition of an iron pipe long buried beneath Bourbon Street. It quickly became the most popular story we have posted, so we thought our readers might enjoy hearing about another recently acquired piece of antiquated infrastructure—an original city water pipe made out of cypress wood. That’s right: wood.

August 20, 2019
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

If you’re walking down Bourbon Street on a sweltering August afternoon, you’re likely to be more concerned about the various substances puddling in the street than the infrastructure below it. But beneath the opaque streams clouded by last night’s mistakes, there are stories waiting to be told.

July 29, 2019
By Heather M. Szafran, reference associate

In the summer of 1914, a Swedish sailor in New Orleans died, and an autopsy revealed the cause to be the bubonic plague, long thought to be confined to the other side of the Atlantic.

July 18, 2019
By Eli A. Haddow, marketing associate

The road to the moon passed through Louisiana and Mississippi. See how these two Gulf Coast states helped launch astronauts into history. 

June 28, 2019
By Katherine Jolliff Dunn, collections processor

The might of the Mississippi River has tested engineers for centuries. Few have approached its challenges more fearlessly than the self-taught James Buchanan Eads, who risked his career and even his life to exploit its potential.


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