“Genius is a starry word; but if there ever was a chess player to whom that attribute applied, it was Paul Morphy,” according to American chess Grandmaster Andrew Soltis.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
The king cake isn’t exclusively from New Orleans, but like so many other things, New Orleans has made the king cake its own.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Zatarain’s may be known today for its rice mixes and seafood boil, but in 1889, Emile A. Zatarain with his root beer.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
New Orleans has repeatedly played muse to authors born here, like Truman Capote, or lured here, like William Faulkner and Sherwood Anderson. Though none stayed long, the city’s impact on their work was long standing. Anderson first visited New Orl…
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Elmer's Candy is the oldest family-owned candy company and the second largest heart-boxed candy manufacturer in the United States. But all New Orleanians care about is if they can get their Elmer Candy Heavenly Hash and Gold Brick eggs at Easter. …
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Kenner’s roots date back to the same year New Orleans was founded: 1718. On a map from that year, the area now known a Kenner was called “Cannes Brulee,” because the French had seen the Tchoupitoulas Indians burning cane in the area to drive out g…
Monday, November 13, 2017
Muses, Cleopatra and other female Mardi Gras krewes owe much to Iris and the scores of female Carnival organizations that came before them.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
New Orleans lives by the rhythm of its food. Red beans and rice on Monday. Seafood on Fridays. Family dinners on Sundays. King cake only during Carnival.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Beloved and admired for decades, the political career of Aaron Broussard came tumbling down in just a few years.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Love it or hate it, Bourbon Street is the center of New Orleans for many who visit here. The street wasn’t always a strip of cheap beer, peep shows and T-shirt shops. The street was once an upscale residential street in the middle of the French Qu…
Thursday, November 09, 2017
New Orleans was torn apart and then stitched back together again in the early 1800s as the city was divided into three separate municipalities.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Barq’s may be the unofficial official soft drink of New Orleans. The Barq’s Bottling Company was founded in the French Quarter in 1890 by Edward Charles Edmond Barq Sr. and his brother, Gaston. They bottled carbonated water and soft drinks, includ…
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The three River Parishes, St. Charles, St. John and St. James began to be settled soon after New Orleans was founded.
Monday, November 06, 2017
Floats on garbage wagons and a mural in a hospital were the humble beginnings of Blaine Kern’s rise as the foremost float builder in the city — and maybe the world.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Paul Prudhomme introduced the world to intense Cajun and Creole flavors using his equally vibrant personality. New Orleans had always been known for its French-influenced Creole dishes, including stuffed Mirliton and Shrimp Creole, but Prudhomme i…
Saturday, November 04, 2017
The Daughters of Charity who opened Hotel Dieu would be startled to see the sleek lines and steel and glass of University Medical Center, the descendant of the hospital they opened in 1859 to serve slaves and seamen.
Friday, November 03, 2017
NOCCA formalized and broadened the arts education that for generations had taken place on New Orleans’ streets and in homes. The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts started in 1973 as a half-day program for Orleans Parish high school students who…
Thursday, November 02, 2017
The folk art of Sister Gertrude Morgan, Clementine Hunter and Bruce Brice represent three pillars of Louisiana Life: religion, plantation life and celebration. All three African-American, self-taught artists, gained notoriety for the brilliant art…
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was the first institution created by the Southern Baptist Convention. At a 1917 convention in New Orleans, the Southern Baptist Convention founded the Baptist Bible Institute in the city to focus on mis…
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Voodoo Festival – birthed in 1999 as a small festival with even smaller crowds — has become one of the must-be-at festivals every year at Halloween.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Though he was a product of the Old South, John Minor Wisdom helped pave the way for a new Southern order. Wisdom was one of the four judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that helped overturn desegregation and end racial discrimination. …
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base is one of the last vestiges of a military that has long defended the city’s important perch on the Mississippi River.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Dillard University, which has its roots in Reconstruction, has outlasted segregation, discrimination and Hurricane Katrina.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
While it may be a remnant of a long-ago era, the debutante season in New Orleans still contributes much to the city’s traditions and economy.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The filles à la cassette, or “the casket girls” were shipped from France to help colonize the Louisiana territory with refined citizens. The first group of young ladies, some from orphanages, others from fine families, arrived in Mobile in 1704. A…
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Of the 106 historically black colleges and 251 Catholic colleges in the U.S., only one — Xavier University of Louisiana — is both Black and Catholic.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Other than the city’s own museum dedicated to them, there’s not much good to say about the insects that have literally plagued New Orleans for centuries.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
In 1992 the New Orleans City Council passed a gay non-discrimination ordinance. Long confined to the shadows, the New Orleans lesbian, gay and transgender community is now an integral part of the city’s culture and life. While gay society had long…
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The New Orleans’ piano sound is instantly recognizable by its funky and rhythmic syncopated sound, even back to the days of Louis Gottshalk and Jelly Roll Morton. Each player since has included their own flourishes that have made their sound disti…
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Mechanics Institute Riot of 1866 was, in effect, a continuation of the Civil War. The massacre, which left about 40 people dead and 150 injured, started as a peaceful protest by the city’s African Americans who wanted the right to vote. They w…
Monday, October 16, 2017
The gruesome story of what happened to slaves at LaLaurie Mansion, like any tall tale, has grown over time. The house at 1140 Royal Street was built by Delphine LaLaurie, a Creole socialite, married to Dr. Leonard LaLaurie, her third husband. Whil…
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Blue Plate Mayonnaise is still found on the grocery shelves in New Orleans, but the local favorite not been made in New Orleans for more than 15 years.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
The Regular Democratic Organization, or the “Old Regulars,” is the oldest continuing civic and political organization in the country. During the first half of the 20th Century the group ruled New Orleans through patronage and political favors. The…
Friday, October 13, 2017
New Orleans loves a parade. And they love the Irish. So the region hosts not one, but four St. Patrick’s Day related parades.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Baroness de Pontalba lived in New Orleans as an adult for fewer than four years, but her mark on the city is indelible.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
New Orleans’ 9th Ward is marked by disaster and resiliency. The largest of the city’s wards, the 9th ward encompasses all of eastern New Orleans from Franklin, Almonaster and People’s avenues to the city’s eastern boundaries.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
New Orleans’ longest-serving hospital, Touro Infirmary, has a history as storied as New Orleans itself. The hospital was founded in 1852 by businessman and philanthropist Judah Touro. Touro purchased the Paulding Mansion in the lower Garden Distri…
Monday, October 09, 2017
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Beignets are the New Orleans’ pastries known throughout the world. The fried square doughnuts coated with powdered sugar are believed to have been brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. The yeasty, fluffy fried dough was originally often filled wit…
Saturday, October 07, 2017
The origins of the Mafia in New Orleans date to before the Civil War. But it was mainly in the late 19th century that the Mafia exerted influence over the thousands of Italians who came to New Orleans to work on the docks and plantations. Two fami…
Friday, October 06, 2017
Free people of color, or gens de couleur libres, lived in Louisiana from its very founding. According to court records, a free man of color lived in the colony in 1722. Another free man of color, Jean Congo, is listed in the 1726 census as a toll …
Thursday, October 05, 2017
The brass band sound that has defined and shaped New Orleans’ music – from jazz to hip hop — almost died out in the 1970s. Traditional military-style brass bands were common in New Orleans in the 19th Century, as they were in most places. But the …
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
The Roman Candy cart is a look at, and taste of, New Orleans’ past. The Cortese family started selling the molasses taffy from the family fruit and vegetable cart in the early 20th Century to help support Sam Cortese after his legs were severed by…
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Founded because of their location on the river, and developed by ferry and train service, the towns of Gretna and Westwego and surrounding communities have always been closely linked to New Orleans.