It was the last day of filming “City of a Million Dreams: The Untold Story of Funerals in New Orleans,” and as the cast and crew milled about in the early morning sun, Jason Berry stood watching with a mixture of pride and wistfulness.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
If nothing else, the tricentennial celebrations this year have given New Orleans plenty of opportunities to look at itself.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Art historian and Julia Street gallery owner Cybèle Gontar felt something was missing from the lineup of art events celebrating the city’s tricentennial.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Here are a few of the places where New Orleanians will be wearing wings on Monday, May 7, in tribute to the city's tricentennial. Joining in? Post your winged selfie with hashtag #300angelsnola.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Barry Kern's future was never in question. At Kern Studios, the float-building company founded by his grandfather Roy Kern and father Blaine Kern, Barry grew up doing odd jobs around the warehouse and steering the company car in Carnival parades. …
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Sister Helen Prejean is a leading advocate for abolition of the death penalty. She’s written two books on the topic, and one of them, “Dead Man Walking,” became an Oscar-winning film. She's been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her…
Saturday, April 21, 2018
To celebrate the New Orleans tricentennial, May 7, the 300 Angels of New Orleans Project invites everyone to strap on wings and "be an angel."
Archie Manning was the beloved quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in an era when the team itself was not easy to love. He never played on a winning team (though his 1979 Saints went 8-8), and he played for seven different coaches in New Orlean…
Friday, April 20, 2018
Ulloa, O'Reilly, Galvez, Salcedo: In modern-day New Orleans, they're streets, mostly in Mid-City. But a tricentennial exhibition opening Saturday at the Cabildo reveals the men behind the names and the important roles they played, both in New Orle…
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Leah Chase spends her days chopping trinity with purpose and shaking her guests’ hands with gratitude. At 95, she remains a constant presence at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, both in the kitchen, where she arrives early to prep dishes, and in the din…
Friday, April 13, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Mary Landrieu, part of a New Orleans political power family, may be the most accomplished woman in Louisiana’s political history: Elected to the Louisiana House at age 24, she served for eight years (’80-’88). She was state treasurer from 1988 to …
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Centuries before the advent of fluorescent green plastic “hand grenade” receptacles, New Orleanians discarded different debris in the French Quarter.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
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…
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
Thursday, December 21, 2017
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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
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.