On a sweltering day in September 1987, Pope John Paul II made history as the only sitting pope to walk the streets of New Orleans, inspiring what many would later describe as a spiritual reawakening and a renewed sense of volunteerism among many o…
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Narrowing down New Orleans' unique history to 300 moments provided quite the challenge for us. It's too bad New Orleans isn't celebrating its 600th anniversary this year — that would have made constructing this list easier.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Hard-working Germans helped create the foundation of New Orleans’ life.
Friday, January 05, 2018
The winningest football coach in history, J.T. Curtis, works out of modest Christian high school in River Ridge. Curtis, son of John Curtis, who founded John Curtis Christian High School in 1962, has more than 550 wins, 26 state championships and …
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
The Robert Charles riots in 1900 tragically illustrated the tensions between blacks and whites in the post-reconstruction era.
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
The success of West End and Bucktown revolves around hurricanes. The area started as a string of fishing and hunting camps along the lake. It boomed when steamboats began docking at New Basin Canal, near what is now the municipal marina. A railroa…
Monday, January 01, 2018
Charity Hospital has been a lifeline to New Orleans residents since 1736 when it was founded with a grant from a French sailor, Jean Louis, who died in New Orleans.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
The Sugar Bowl was a dream for more than nine years before it became a reality. Prompted by the success of the first collegiate bowl, the Rose Bowl, Col. James Thomson and Fred Digby, publisher and sports editor of the New Orleans Item, respective…
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Rising like a mirage out of the swamp that is now Audubon Park, a huge glass building, a wrought iron structure, a massive hall that could seat 12,000 and other structures were erected in a matter of months before the World’s Industrial and Cotton…
Friday, December 29, 2017
New Orleans “flying horses,” created the heart of New Orleans’ longest standing amusement park: Hines Carousel Gardens in City Park.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
In July 1994 The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International held its first convention in New Orleans.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal replaced five railroad stations that served the city in the golden era of rail travel. The eight railroads that served the city agreed to consolidate in one location in 1948, and the terminal opened in 1954.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Even before construction officially began on Interstate 10, efforts to ease traffic congestion in New Orleans lead to the construction of the Pontchartrain Expressway. Some sections of the expressway were built a decade before the last sections of…
Monday, December 25, 2017
Henriette DeLille may not yet be canonized by the Catholic Church, but she undoubtedly was saint-like to the people of color who she helped house, educate and comfort.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Father Francis Xavier Seelos’ mission and ministry irrevocably changed New Orleans. Seelos died here of yellow fever on Oct. 4,1867, just months after becoming pastor of the St. Mary’s Assumption Church on Josephine Street in the Irish Channel. Bu…
Saturday, December 23, 2017
New Orleans had one of the first railways in the United States, but it would be decades before the city fully embraced rail as a major means of commerce and transportation.
Friday, December 22, 2017
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
As the Americans arrived in New Orleans in the 1800s and moved “Uptown,” the wide thoroughfare that was to become a canal, but never did, was a neutral meeting place and a natural magnet for merchants who wanted to appeal to those on both sides of…
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Rolling Elvi, the Pussyfooters, the Merry Antoinettes and dozens of other organic marching Mardi Gras groups are just the latest version of a Mardi Gras that has always required crowd participation.
Monday, December 18, 2017
William C.C. Claiborne accomplished a great deal in his relatively short life. But perhaps his biggest accomplishment was winning over New Orleans’ Creole population after America took over the Louisiana Territory.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
The gateway to New Orleans – the Louis Armstrong International Airport — is actually in Kenner. But that doesn’t matter to the millions of visitors who stream through the terminal each year, making it one of the largest destination airports in the…
Saturday, December 16, 2017
With an ice cream cone as a hat, wings of holly and an ever-present candy cane, the snowman character “Mr. Bingle,” is a touchstone of childhood for many New Orleanians and a reminder of Canal Street’s past as a grand shopping corridor.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Harry Lee might have easily been dismissed as a caricature: the rotund Chinese sheriff who liked country music and tough talk. But Lee was not to be ignored. He was born to a family of Chinese immigrants who owned a laundry on Carondelet Street in…
Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Even today, New Orleans is known for its love of the green fairy: Absinthe, as well as its cousin, Herbsaint. The French drink, typically with a high alcohol content and herbs including anise, wormwood and fennel, was adopted by the Creoles in New…
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Once a bar where Willie Mae Seaton would serve up Scotch and milk, Willie Mae’s Scotch House grew to become a local and national sensation, known for perhaps the best fried chicken in America.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
Known now perhaps more for its monarch butterflies than its marble hall, the U.S. Custom House is one of the most important and historic federal buildings in the southern United States.
Friday, December 08, 2017
The relationship between Honduras and New Orleans began with the city’s fruit companies at the turn of the 19th century. Both New Orleans-based United and Standard fruit companies had large presences in Honduras starting in about 1899. Both compan…
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Jews in New Orleans served as founders many of the city’s major institutions –Touro, Woldenberg, Delgado, Newman, Godchaux, Besthoff, Hurwitz-Mintz — but because of discrimination, their contributions were long ignored. A Jew even served as the fi…
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Featuring often starkly personal accounts, the National WWII Museum gave the nation a new perspective on those who served in the war.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Monday, December 04, 2017
Saturday, December 02, 2017
Whether sheltering, shading or simply holding errant Mardi Gras beads, New Orleans’ majestic live oaks are an integral part of the city’s landscape and lifestyle.
In about 1900, two Creole sisters began serving tea and cakes behind their shop at 613 Royal St., in what would become The Court of Two Sisters restaurant.
Friday, December 01, 2017
WWL, which started as an experiment of Loyola’s physics department, became the radio station that introduced the South to New Orleans’ sound. The station, “Wide World Loyola,” was founded in 1922, in the early days of radio. It began broadcasting …
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Two shops along Canal Street, Meyer the Hatter and Rubensteins, are remnants of an era when the street was the center of commerce in New Orleans.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
St. Katharine Drexel’s mission of serving African-Americans came to fruition with the founding of Xavier University in New Orleans. Drexel, heiress of a Philadelphia banking fortune, pledged her life to God after meeting Pope Leo XIII. She entered…
Monday, November 27, 2017
In 2012, the eight-term U.S. representative was sen-tenced to 13 years in federal prison, the longest prison term ever given to a former member of Congress.Jefferson was born in northeastern Louisiana and graduated with a law degree from Harvard U…
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Cocktails weren’t invented in New Orleans, but the city has become their adopted birthplace. The city’s relationship with mixed drinks dates to the 1830s when Antoine Amadie Peychaud, a Creole apothecary, combined a mixture of medicinal aromatic b…
Saturday, November 25, 2017
The melting pot of immigrants who settled in New Orleans is reflected in the city’s language. New Orleans’ relative isolation allowed it to remain unaffected by the Southern accent common in neighboring states. New Orleans’ accent is often compare…
Friday, November 24, 2017
To the rest of the world, Harry Connick is a dreamy vocalist, piano player, actor and daytime talk show host. But to New Orleanians, Harry Connick is also the former District Attorney who served for 30 years, and likes to dabble in music himself; …
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Seven Dominican nuns from a Dublin convent came to New Orleans in 1860 to help educate a growing Irish population. Within a month of arriving, the sisters had opened St. John the Baptist School for Girls, with an enrollment of 200.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
In an attempt to control the Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers created a relief valve of sorts above New Orleans — the Bonnet Carré spillway. The idea for the spillway came about after the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. At a site in…