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.

February 18, 2022
Jari Honora, reference associate

Since the 1890s, Black Carnival clubs have presented debutantes at their elegant annual balls.




February 16, 2022
By THNOC Visitor Services

How does a krewe work? What does the king do? And what about all those beads? THNOC’s Visitor Services staff have the answers.




February 9, 2022
By Mallory Taylor, associate curator

The photography of Making Mardi Gras shows snapshots of Carnival through time, from Big Chiefs to ‘tit Rex.




January 27, 2022
By DJ Soul Sister, New Orleans

In these liner notes to a playlist curated for THNOC, DJ Soul Sister, the “queen of rare groove,” leads a tour of Mardi Gras through music history and her memories as a native New Orleanian.




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.




January 5, 2022
By Molly Reid Cleaver, editor

Before Sharpe’s invention helped birth the entire signature-throw industry, he sailed around the world, sold paintings, wrote poetry, and studied ancient history.




December 31, 2021
By Dave Walker, communication strategist

Prospect.5 spotlights the intimate eye of George Dureau, photographer




December 30, 2021
By Molly Reid Cleaver, editor

THNOC pays homage to the groundbreaking entertainer and radio host, who passed away in August 2021.




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.




December 15, 2021
By Dave Walker, communication strategist

The 8th Cavalry Mexican Military Band was a sensation in 1884 New Orleans. 






 

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