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Pamela Arceneaux is Senior Librarian and Rare Books Curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC). The author recently published a fascinating book, Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans. Most New Orleanians are familiar with the city’s famous Storyville “red light” district; however, few know about the blue books. In this interview, Pamela offers some historical background on Storyville and explains what the blue books were. Pamela’s research will be part of a comprehensive exhibition, Storyville: Madams and Music. The exhibit will be on display at THNOC April 5–December 2, 2017 at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street. For additional information visit THNOC at hnoc.org.
2017/02/22 19:00 -0500
Kenneth A. St. Charles, Ph.D. is President and CEO of Saint Augustine High School. New Orleanians, Carnival aficionados, and music fans know about St. Aug’s famous band—the “Marching 100”—that is renowned for its musical excellence and precise teamwork. This year, 2017, marks St. Aug’s 50th anniversary of the partnership between St. Aug and the Rex organization. In 1967, the Krewe of Rex, whose members are synonymous with the upper crust of New Orleans’ society, invited the band to march in the Rex parade. The Marching 100 was the first African-American group to participate in the iconic parade on Mardi Gras day. A half century later, 20 of the original band members from that 1967 parade will once again be in Rex. This time, however, they will be riders on the Rex Calliope Float. St. Aug’s 50th anniversary with Rex is especially important because it demonstrates how coming together in unity makes everyone better as individuals and enriches our society as a whole. In this podcast, Kenneth St. Charles describes the founding of St. Augustine High School and explains how he sees the school moving forward.
2017/02/16 19:00 -0500
Emily Rosenzweig is a member of the Dames de Perlage. The group’s French name translates to Ladies of Bead Work. These dedicated, artistic women design and create colorful and intricate hand-beaded bustiers and accompanying apparel for their appearances in several Mardi Gras parades. Each member spends months doing painstaking hand beading and the resulting creations are as individual as the members themselves. This year, the theme for these unique creations is Patron Saints of New Orleans. Some of the tongue-in-cheek “saints” parade-goers will see include Saint Dan Gill, patron saint of New Orleans’ gardeners and Saint René Brunet, patron saint of moviegoers and theaters. In this podcast, Perlage dame, Emily, who hales from Upstate New York, discusses the big culture shock she received when she moved to New Orleans, and talks about her involvement in the Dames. Catch the Dames de Perlage in the Krewe of Tucks parade on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at noon.
2017/02/09 19:00 -0500
John Magill is an historian who recently retired after years with The Historic New Orleans Collection.
John Magill is an historian who recently retired after years with The Historic New Orleans Collection. Magill may know more about New Orleans’ history than almost anyone else in the city, and has recently begun writing a book about Magazine Street. In this podcast, he explains how Magazine Street began as a retail mecca. According to Magill, as early as the the mid-1800s, the street had four busy markets. In an attempt to attract shoppers who lived outside of the immediate neighborhood, the city tore up the streetcar tracks in 1948 and asphalted Magazine Street from Canal Street all the way to the Mississippi R over levee. Regarding his book, Magill notes that along with the history of this popular street, the coffee table book will include an affectionate and nostalgic look at Magazine Street as well.
2017/02/02 19:00 -0500
Arthur Hardy, a native New Orleanian, is one of the world's preeminent authorities on all aspects of New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras celebration.
Arthur Hardy, a native New Orleanian, is one of the world's preeminent authorities on all aspects of New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras celebration. In this podcast, he shares some behind-the-scenes stories about our Carnival Krewes. These stories illustrate how these organizations contribute to the city year-round. For example, every year, members of the Thoth organization visit nursing homes throughout the city. Mardi Gras 2017 is the second year of Arthur’s Mardi Gras app; the convenient app contains essentially the same information as Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide magazine, but for smartphones. Listen as Arthur give us a peek into his famous magazine, Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Guide, and describes the handy Mardi Gras app.
2017/03/25 03:51 -0400