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New Orleans Ethnic Enclave Lost to History

December 13, 2014 | Posted in: History
Most people know that New Orleans is a melting pot of different ethnicities and cultures.  For example there is clear evidence of French influence in our food and street names, Spanish influen... » Read More

It's Harvest Season for Louisiana Sugarcane!

December 4, 2014 | Posted in: History
Ever since 1751, when the Jesuits first introduced sugarcane in southern Louisiana, this sweet crop has been an integral part of our economy and culture. Today, the sugarcane industry contribu... » Read More

Enjoy the Holiday Season at Celebration in the Oaks!

November 29, 2014 | Posted in: Festivals
    Celebration in the Oaks is a New Orleans City Park fundraiser that provides 13% of the operating budget of the park each year. This magical festival of illuminated artwork has bec... » Read More

New Orleans Street Names, Beyond Bourbon

November 21, 2014 | Posted in: History
         Everyone who has heard of New Orleans has most likely heard of Bourbon St. But did you know that Bourbon St. wasn't actually named after the delicious alco... » Read More

Plantation Time

November 17, 2014 | Posted in: History
Louisiana plantations in the second half of the 19th century were very much in a self-sufficient economy.  Since it took at least a week either by horse and buggy carriage along the river road... » Read More

Swamps in the Fall

November 10, 2014 | Posted in: Tours
People often ask:"Is it fun to do a swamp tour in the bayou in the fall and in the winter?" And the answer is: yes of course! You may see fewer alligators and snakes because reptil... » Read More

History of the Napoleon House

November 7, 2014 | Posted in: History
Did you know Napoleon Bonaparte never stepped foot inside of the French Quarter home that adopted his name? Now a famous bar/restaurant and registered National Historic Landmark, the Napoleon ... » Read More

Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond

October 31, 2014 | Posted in: Tours
Louisiana and New Orleans in particular have always had a love/hate relationship with water, benefitting from strategic shipping positions and access to coastal fisheries, but also suffering f... » Read More

Creole versus Cajun

October 24, 2014 | Posted in: History
People often get confused between Cajuns and Creoles, or even use the terms interchangeably without knowing what the difference is! While both peoples have a strong influence of French ancestr... » Read More

New Orleans #Architecture: The Shotgun House

October 17, 2014 | Posted in: Architecture
    The iconic shotgun house is a testimony to the rich culture and history of the city of New Orleans. These pint-sized structures were born during the 1800s from the necessity to cr... » Read More

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