The exhibit The 18th Star: Treasures from 200 Years of Louisiana Statehood will open Tuesday, Aug. 30, at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans.

The show runs through Jan. 29, 2012, and features an array of signature items from the holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection celebrating the people, events, traditions and cultures that have defined Louisiana since its entrance into the Union on April 30, 1812, as the 18th state.

The 18th Star reflects the full span of Louisiana’s history as a state, including a manuscript copy of the first state constitution, a 19th-century Orleans Parish voting ballot box, a drawing of a group of Cajuns on Bayou Lafourche in 1866, a can of drinking water distributed during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath and a photograph of pelicans covered in oil after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

For more information, call (504) 523-4662.

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