While many people across the United States thought Dorothy Dix lived in their hometown, Dix for years wrote from her adopted hometown of New Orleans. Dix was a pseudonym for Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, who in the 1940s, was one of the most widely…
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana oversaw the change of the Mardi Gras Indians from a violent culture to a revered heritage.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
For those who can’t make it to every second-line parade or Mardi Gras Indians event, there’s the Backstreet Cultural Museum. The museum in the Treme, located in an unassuming former funeral home, offers a close look the bright colors and intricaci…
Monday, July 17, 2017
Dooky Chase’s legacy in Creole cuisine may only be eclipsed by its role in the civil rights movement.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
More than his TV shows, or his signature “Bam!” Emeril Lagasse credits New Orleans for much of his success. Dick and Ella Brennan hired the brash Fall River, Massachusetts, native to succeed Paul Prudhomme as head chef at Commander’s Palace.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The Dew Drop was where it was at. For 25 years, local musicians were either at the Dew Drop or on their way to its “Groove Room.”
Friday, July 14, 2017
On Sept. 25, 2006, Saints player Steve Gleason blocked a punt that symbolized the city’s rebirth after Katrina.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
In 1991, the nation watched as Louisiana residents chose between the klansman, David Duke, and the crook, Edwin Edwards.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The crash of Pan Am Flight 759 left physical and emotional scars on the region that still linger. The most tragic and fatal crash in the U.S. that year, and in fact one of the most deadly airplane crashes in U.S. history, the crash killed 146 peop…
Monday, July 10, 2017
Preservation Hall was created as a space for musicians to play jazz in an era dominated by rock and roll. The effort was so successful that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band now plays with today’s top rock stars.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Visions became reality during the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans: A gondola crossed the river; a monorail moved people around the city; and a Wonderwall featuring an eclectic mix of architecture greeted visitors. The fair, held 100…
Saturday, July 08, 2017
The French of Nouvelle Orleans did not welcome their Spanish rulers with open arms when the Louisiana territory was ceded to Spain in 1762. Yet, over time, the Spanish government made great improvements to the city and the territory, firmly establ…
Friday, July 07, 2017
New Orleans was practically an island until bridges were built over Lake Pontchartrain in the 20th Century.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Like the city of her birth, Anne Rice’s vampires are flawed, elegant and timeless. Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire,” celebrated the city’s rougher edges and mysterious past.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Long before Katrina, a break in the Mississippi River levee called Sauve’s Crevasse inundated the city with floodwater for weeks.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017
WWOZ was created to showcase New Orleans’ unique musical heritage and soon became a part of that legacy itself. The community radio station was the idea of brothers Jerry and Walter Brock. While the two secured the 90.7 frequency in 1976, it would…
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Many of the city’s first freestanding wooden homes perished in the fires of 1788 and 1794. The Creole and American influenced townhouses that were built in their place remain the dominant building type in the French Quarter.
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
It wasn’t until 1923 when the full potential of New Orleans’ location between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River was realized with the completion of the Industrial Canal.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Newcomb College may be known worldwide for its unique style of arts and crafts pottery, but the women’s college was groundbreaking in other ways as well.
Monday, June 26, 2017
One of the city’s most colorful neighborhoods was created by one of its most colorful inhabitants, Bernard de Marigny. The Faubourg Marigny was developed out of a plantation that Marigny inherited at age 20.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Some of most lasting physical ties to New Orleans’ beginnings are the streets of the French Quarter. In 1721, just three years after it was founded, engineer Adrien de Pauger, working with chief engineer Louis-Pierre Le Blond de La Tour, created a…
Saturday, June 24, 2017
By most accounts, the French Opera House was the glue that held the French Creole and French Quarter society together for 60 years. The French Opera House was the site of not only opera, but Carnival and debutante balls, concerts and plays.
Friday, June 23, 2017
The Morials — Ernest N. “Dutch” and his son Marc, each had a lasting legacy in New Orleans — though both legacies are marked by dissent and controversy.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The New Orleans Public Library started with a generous donation from a wealthy merchant in 1843. In his will, Abijah Fisk left his house at the corner of Iberville and Bourbon streets to the city of New Orleans “on condition that it shall be appli…
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Part empowerment seminar, part music festival and part sisterhood gathering, the Essence Festival calls itself a “party with a purpose.” The annual festival, typically held July 4th weekend, has been held in New Orleans since it was created by Geo…
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Until E.J. Bellocq’s photos of Storyville prostitutes surfaced in 1970, the hundreds of prostitutes who worked the district were just part of its legend. But here, in black and white, were photos of these women. Some were nude; others were dressed…
Monday, June 19, 2017
Bayou St. John could be considered the cradle of New Orleans. Indian tribes, including the Chapitoulas and the Choctaw, lived along the bayou, or Bayouk Choupic, In 1699, the Indians showed French explorer Pierre Le Moyne Sieur d’Iberville the por…
Sunday, June 18, 2017
A muffuletta is fresh bread, cold cuts, olives, cheese and Italian heritage all wrapped in one white paper package. Unlike the other quintessential New Orleans sandwich — the po-boy — the muffuletta is not subject to refinements. The sandwich is a…
Saturday, June 17, 2017
So many Italians lived in the French Quarter in the early 20th century the Vieux Carré earned the nicknames “Little Italy” and “Little Palermo” for the number of Italians, and more specifically, Sicilians, who lived there.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Once, Dixie, Jax and Falstaff were more than landmarks in the New Orleans’ skyline. For years, New Orleans was the center of brewing in the South, and Jax Brewing Company was the largest brewer in the South.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The banana trade that called New Orleans home for much of the 20th century left a mark on the city, but it literally reshaped Central American countries.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tennessee Williams, a native of Columbus, Mississippi, considered New Orleans his “spiritual home.”
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The interwoven history of St. Domingue, now Haiti, and New Orleans predates the founding of city. Haiti was the jumping off point for Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville when in 1698 he traveled to the Gulf Coast to establish a settlement.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Allen Toussaint was the genesis of an entire generation of New Orleans’ music. His influence was even longer lasting and more widespread. The self-taught musician, raised in Gert Town, started his career as a performer, playing as a studio musicia…
Sunday, June 11, 2017
New Orleans’ old-line restaurants offer more than just traditional Creole fare — they allow visitors to step back into time.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Ferries have moved people across the Mississippi River since New Orleans was founded in 1718. Slaves brought to New Orleans were ferried and housed in what is now Algiers Point.
Friday, June 09, 2017
Originally a high-toned posh museum with a small collection, over the last century, the New Orleans Museum of Art has become a museum for the masses.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Andrew Higgins, according to Dwight D. Eisenhower, was the man who won World War II for the United States.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
New Orleans fans topped the charts for craziness during the Beatles’ visit here in 1964. The band played at City Park Stadium on Sept. 16 to a crowd of 12,000 fans, who paid $5 each to see the Beatles’ first tour in the United States. After openin…
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Neutral ground: an original New Orleans’ term that has an only-in-New Orleans origin. The phrase, which means the piece of ground in the middle of a street, is called a median in lesser parts of the United States. In 1800s New Orleans, though, the…
Monday, June 05, 2017
The Garden District was designed a National Historic Landmark District on May 30, 1974, perhaps to escape the crowded French Quarter as well as its residents, wealthy Americans built elegant homes on lots upriver in what would become the Garden District.
Sunday, June 04, 2017
St. Joseph’s Day is not unique to New Orleans, but the way the city celebrates the feast day — with Mardi Gras Indians and altars at bars — most certainly is.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Issac Delgado, known for philanthropic efforts during his life, gave his biggest gift to the city after his death: Delgado Community College. Delgado provided the residue of his will, about $800,000, to New Orleans for the creation of a trades sch…
Friday, June 02, 2017
New Orleans’ unique rhythm — its funk — is embodied in the Meters. The group was led by Art “Papa Funk” Neville on the keyboards. "I modeled the band after Booker T. and the MG's," Neville has said, "but added some swamp fever of my own.”