New Orleans 300

 

New Orleans 300

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About New Orleans 300

The New Orleans Public Library is proud to present New Orleans 300, a fascinating series of discussions, presentations, and book-signings created to bring New Orleans & the World to life through in-depth programs featuring contributors to the book. In addition to programs related to New Orleans & the World, the series includes Lagniappe programs and exhibits which highlight many of the unique aspects of New Orleans that make it such a special place.

This series was made possible by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.

About New Orleans & the World

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB), the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) joined together to develop a partnership to produce New Orleans & the World: 1718 - 2018 Tricentennial Anthology, which showcases the incredible events that led to the founding of this great port city in the new world and highlight New Orleans’ contributions to the world over the course of 300 years, including unique cuisine, indigenous music, traditions, and a culture that distinguishes this city from all others. New Orleans & the World serves as the official publication of the Tricentennial year and has been coordinated with the 2018 Tricentennial Commission and the 2018 NOLA Foundation.

LEH will be present with copies of the anthology available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

Events

Queens, Baby Dolls and Social & Pleasure Clubs: Traditions and Rituals
Main Library Daily from January 7 to March 24 During Library Hours
While African American men’s roles in the indigenous ritual procession traditions go back over a century, the vital role of women is not as widely known. This exhibit illustrates a historical overview of the pride and work involved in preparing for the neighborhood processions that bring beauty and pride to New Orleans. It is documented through photographs and the ceremonial attire of the women who participate in the community based customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll and Social and Pleasure Club traditions.

Organized by Queen Cherice Harris-Nelson and curated by Herreast J. Harrison.

Sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, the City of New Orleans, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Guardians Institute, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, and NOLA4Women.


Queens, Baby Dolls and Social & Pleasure Clubs: Traditions and Rituals Exhibit Opening
Main Library on Sunday, January 7 from 2pm - 4pm
While African American men’s roles in the indigenous ritual procession traditions go back over a century, the vital role of women is not as widely known. This exhibit illustrates a historical overview of the pride and work involved in preparing for the neighborhood processions that bring beauty and pride to New Orleans. It is documented through photographs and the ceremonial attire of the women who participate in the community based customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll and Social and Pleasure Club traditions.

The exhibit opening will include a talk, a performance, and a book sale.

Organized by Queen Cherice Harris-Nelson and curated by Herreast J. Harrison.

Sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, the City of New Orleans, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Guardians Institute, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, and NOLA4Women.


Pretty Strong: Femininity and Community Processions
Main Library on Sunday, January 14 from 2pm - 4pm
The focus of this panel discussion is on the expanding role of women in Mardi Gras Indian, Social & Pleasure Clubs, and Baby Doll traditions and their contributions to community building and neighborhood pride. The panel will include Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Guardians of the Flame; Dianne Honoré, Sugar Baroness, Black Storyville Baby Dolls; Trishekka Randolph-Tero, Revolution Social and Pleasure Club; and moderator Maryse Dejean, WWOZ Community Radio Station.

Sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, the City of New Orleans, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Guardians Institute, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, and NOLA4Women.


A Graceful Curve of the River & Making Groceries
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library - To Be Rescheduled
Geographer Richard Campanella, Senior Professor of Practice with the Tulane School of Architecture, and Notarial Archivist Sally Reeves discuss the development of New Orleans’ distinctive metropolitan character through its unique architecture and culinary consumerism.


Ndar To New Orleans
Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, February 21 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a potluck celebrating 300 years of African-American influence on New Orleans cuisine. Bring a dish and enjoy those from your neighbors and friends. Immediately following, Zella Palmer, chair of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture, talks about the African roots of Louisiana’s Creole cuisine.

Further reading: New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking (University Press of MS, 2013)


A Window to Africa
Algiers Regional Library on Saturday, March 17 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Have a look at the significant ways enslaved Africans perpetuated cultural and commercial practices at Congo Square with author, independent scholar, and arts educator, Freddi Williams Evans.

Further reading: Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans (University of Lafayette Press, 2011)


Wettest City on Earth
Robert E. Smith Library on Tuesday, March 27 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Celebrate New Orleans’ love affair with the cocktail with teacher, designer, regular The New Orleans Advocate contributor, and champagne enthusiast Allison Alsup at this very special session of History of the Cocktail.

Further reading: French Quarter Drinking Companion, 2nd Edition (Pelican, 2017)


Female Enterprise: Women Business and Property Owners in New Orleans
Main Library Daily from April 1 - December 31 During Library Hours
This exhibit presents a selection of women who owned real estate or businesses in New Orleans during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Ranging from the well-known, like the Baroness Pontalba, to the obscure, like midwife Susie A. Carter, each contributed in some way to the economy of the Crescent City. The exhibit uses municipal and civil court records, directories, newspapers, and other sources in the Louisiana Division/City Archives to illustrate who these women were and how they represent the spirit of female enterprise in New Orleans.

Curated by Wayne Everard and Irene Wainwright.


Defining Jazz Fest
Mid-City Library on Wednesday, April 25 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Kick off week one of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with New Orleans cultural scholar and writer Alex Rawls as he explores the history, heritage, and heirs of the festival at the Fairgrounds. Rawls will be joined in conversation by Ponderosa Stomp founding program director Alison Fensterstock.

Further reading: Rawls is a frequent contributor to The Times Picayune and Offbeat Magazine. His writings about music and culture can be found at MySpiltMilk.com.


New Orleans and the Civil War
Norman Mayer Library on Tuesday, May 8 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Lawrence N. Powell, Professor Emeritus of History at Tulane University, guides us through the conflict that transformed New Orleans from capital of the Cotton Kingdom to frontier of emancipation.

Further reading: New Masters: Northern Planters During the Civil War and Reconstruction (Fordham University Press, 1999) and The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans (Harvard University Press, 2012)


Freedom Train
Alvar Library on Thursday, June 7 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Keith Weldon Medley looks at how the power of activism by New Orleans' free people of color led to the Plessy v. Ferguson case.

Further reading: We As Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson (Pelican, 2003) and Black Life in Old New Orleans (Pelican, 2014)


Engine of Equality
Central City Library on Wednesday, June 13 from 5pm - 6:30pm
Kara Tucina Olidge, PhD, Executive Director of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, explores New Orleans as a frontier for legal battles and protests that fueled the Civil Rights movement.


Cradle of Rock and Roll
Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center on Wednesday, July 18 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Alison Fensterstock looks back at how Cosimo Matassa, Dave Bartholomew, and Allen Toussaint forged the future at J&M Studio with Jazz Fest historian Alex Rawls.

Further reading & listening: New Orleans: The Underground Guide, 2nd Edition (UNO Press, 2011) and The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper Records, 2007)


In Katrina's Wake
East New Orleans Regional Library on Sunday, August 5 from 2pm - 3:30pm
New Orleanians fought through floodwaters and uncertainty to return home. Journalist Katy Reckdahl looks back at the tragedy and perseverance in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Further reading: Reckdahl is a frequent contributor to The New Orleans Advocate, The Times Picayune, The Lens, The New York Times, and many other new organizations. Inquire at your favorite Library location for free access to The New York Times Online.


The Sporting Life & The Saints Are Coming
Nora Navra Library on Wednesday, August 15 from 6pm - 7:30pm
S. Derby Gisclair and Brian Boyles converse about the unifying cultural effects of sports through boxing, baseball, and horse racing during New Orleans’ gilded age and Super Bowl XLIV following Hurricane Katrina.

Further reading: New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot (The History Press, 2015), Baseball in New Orleans (Arcadia, 2004), and Baseball at Tulane University (Arcadia, 2007)


Louisiana Is Ours
Nix Library on Friday, September 21 from 5:30pm - 7pm
Historian, author, and former director of The Historic New Orleans Collection John Kukla, PhD, explores the international crisis that led to the Louisiana Purchase and the establishment of New Orleans as one of the United States’ most spectacular cities.

Further reading: Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty (Simon & Schuster, 2017) and A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America (Knopf, 2003)


What Lies Underneath: Exploring the Louisiana Division/City Archives and Special Collections
Main Library Daily in October During Library Hours
Staff from the Louisiana Division/City Archives and Special Collections explains the history of the department, its extensive holdings, their efforts to ensure that this unique collection is accessible, and exactly why the archival collection is in a basement. A special selection of materials will be on display for attendees to view with accompanying staff explanations of their importance.


Ancestral Suits
Main Library on Wednesday, October 17 from 6pm - 7:30pm
Delve into the life of Patrina, Wild Queen of the Red Hawk Hunters, the first woman to lead a Mardi Gras Indian tribe with author, restauranteur, and founding member of the Peauxdunque Writers’ Alliance Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

Further reading: Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (UCPress, 2013), New Orleans Noir: The Classics (Akashic Books, 2016), and Ruffin’s soon-to-be-released debut novel, We Cast A Shadow (One World Random House, 2019)


Cities of the Dead
Children's Resource Center Library on Wednesday, November 14 from 6pm - 7:30pm
New Orleans iconic cemeteries evolved from necessity and diversity. Photographer, writer, and artist Sally Asher shows us their function and beauty.

Further reading: Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names (The History Press, 2014) and Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans (The History Press, 2015)


300 Years of Great Stories
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library on Thursday, November 29 from 6pm - 9pm
Local and notable literary figures Susan Larson, Nancy Dixon, and Rhoda Faust highlight and discuss our City's rich treasure trove (300 years) of literary history. Following the event, the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will open up Latter Library's Carriage House for a special book sale.

Susan Larson is the host of "The Reading Life" on WWNO. She is also the author of The Booklover's Guide to New Orleans (LSU Press, 1999/2013).
Nancy Dixon is the editor of New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology (LEH, 2017). She is also the author of N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature (Lavender Ink, 2013).
Rhoda Faust was the proprietor of Maple Street Book Shop from 1971 until 2007. She is credited with creating the store's “Fight the Stupids” slogan and is the founder of the city's Eracism movement.


The Soul of New Orleans
Cita Dennis Hubbell Library on Tuesday, December 11 from 6:30pm - 8pm
Clarinetist, composer, jazz historian and musical educator Michael White, PhD, of Xavier University, will celebrate a lifetime of second lines and jazz funerals at this very special Author Night.

Further listening: “Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1” (Basin Street, 2011) and “Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2” (Basin Street, 2012)

Other Upcoming Events

/ During Library Hours

Central City Library

Our one-on-one sessions are designed for those who are just beginning to learn about technology or who would like to grow their digital skills. (More)

/ During Library Hours

Main Library

While African American men’s roles in the indigenous ritual procession traditions go back over a century, the vital role of women is not as widely known. This exhibit illustrates a historical overview of the pride and work involved in preparing for the neighborhood processions that bring beauty and pride to New Orleans. It is documented through photographs and the ceremonial attire of the women who participate in the community based customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll and Social and Pleasure Club traditions. (More)

/ During Library Hours

Main Library

Our one-on-one sessions are designed for those who are just beginning to learn about technology or who would like to grow their digital skills. (More)

/ During Library Hours

Martin Luther King Library

Our one-on-one sessions are designed for those who are just beginning to learn about technology or who would like to grow their digital skills. (More)

/ During Library Hours

Mid-City Library

Our one-on-one sessions are designed for those who are just beginning to learn about technology or who would like to grow their digital skills. (More)