Events Calendar

Panorama JB at Preservation HallFOC Concert Series

Panorama Jazz Band – March 6

Old U.S. Mint – 7 p.m.

($15 FOC-LMF/$25 G.A.)

In our third season of hosting concerts at the incredibly intimate Old U.S. Mint, Friends of the Cabildo is proud to announce local jazz band, the Panorama Jazz Band, will bookend the final concert of the year on Friday, March 6th. The group’s repertoire draws on the most exciting music from around the world: funky New Orleans Jazz, tropical rhythms of the Caribbean and exotic melodies of Eastern Europe.

Tickets are on sale below for all three concerts and a member-discounted rate 3-show package is available. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939. Don’t miss out on these exciting shows as only 150 seats are available for each one!

 Panorama
MEMBER TICKET
$15.00

Panorama Brass Band
GA  TICKET
$25.00

dotterHidden Treasures of the Louisiana State Museum

Carnival Edition: January 27th & 29th, 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. nightly

LSM Collections Building: 1000 Chartres Street

(504) 523-3939

For all you hardcore Carnival fans, join Friends of the Cabildo and Curator of Carnival Wayne Phillips for two-nights only as they open the Louisiana State Museum’s impressive Carnival Collection, with an emphasis on newly donated items, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes-viewing of historic costumes and other rarely seen artifacts. Phillips will guide guests through an in-depth, first-hand look at Carnivals of year past through a tour of the storage rooms of the Museum, off limits to the general public.

Hidden Treasures of the Louisiana State Museum: Carnival Edition

Tuesday & Thursday, January 27th & 29th

6 p.m. & 7 p.m. nightly, 1000 Chartres Street, LSM Collections Facility

All tours are sold out

Upcoming Hidden Treasures

Decorative Arts: May 12

dotterLower-Garden-District-Plantation-HomeFOC Neighborhood Tours

Battle of New Orleans Tour – February 7th, 10 a.m.

Faubourg Marigny/Esplanade Tour – February 21, Noon & March 7, Noon

Lower Garden District Tour – February 28, 10:00 a.m., March 14, 12:30 p.m.

Lower Central Business District – February 22, 10 a.m., March 15, 10 a.m.

New Orleans Music History Tour – February 21, 10 a.m.

Faubourg St. Mary Tour (CBD) – February 21, 9 a.m., March 21 9 a.m.

Purchase tickets at (504) 523-3939 or below

On a monthly basis our tour guides step out of the box and give tours that highlight either a section of the city or a theme that is different from our normal tours. Tickets are limited to 15 spots for each tour and no tickets are sold the day of the tour so don’t miss out. Reservations are required.

CBD Tour: Join the Friends of the Cabildo for a special walking tour of the Faubourg St. Mary. This tour was developed by the Friends of the Cabildo for the 2011 American Institute of Architects National Convention. Put on your best walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and a good camera. The Central Business District was originally part of the city founder Bienville called Belair. The land granted to him in 1719 extended to the present day Jefferson Parish line. The plantation house was in the square bounded today by Common, Magazine, Gravier and Tchoupitoulas. In 1726, the Jesuits acquired the lower portion of Bienville’s plantation on which they constructed a plantation house in 1728. Learn the rest of story of the neighborhood and of the buildings located along the route, including museums, Lee Circle, St. Charles, Lafayette Square and streets such as Camp, Poydras and Julia. Meeting Location: Main Entrance of the World War II Museum

Battle of New Orleans Tour: With the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans upcoming January 2015, the FOC has designed a Battle of New Orleans Tour that tells the story that took place in the French Quarter around the Battle. From the lost locations of forts that used to protect the city to Jackson’s Headquarters come out and enjoy learning about the Battle that you will not get from the battlefield. Meeting Location: Old U.S. Mint Barracks Street Gate (Across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Lower Garden District Tour:  The term Lower Garden District (LGD) was coined by the Friends of the Cabildo in 1971 with the publication of New Orleans Architecture Vol.1: The Lower Garden District. Bounded by the Mississippi River Bridge, the Mississippi River, Jackson Ave,  & St. Charles Ave., the LGD developed as six different faubourgs (suburbs) and is known for its many & irregularly shaped parks, the district has an extensive collection of 19th century residences, most of which are side hall, double-galleried residences in the Greek Revival & Italianate style.  Learn the rest of the story of the historic neighborhood, and that of the buildings located along the route! Meeting Location: Muses Statute at Prytania and Terpsichore

Faubourg Marigny/Esplanade Tour: Faubourg Marigny was the one of City’s earliest suburbs, located immediately downriver from the Vieux Carré on land  subdivided  from  the  plantation  of  one  of  New Orleans most  colorful  historical figures. Esplanade Avenue was initially designated by the French as commons, and later both the French and Spanish colonial governments built fortifications on it. After the Louisiana Purchase, and removal of the walls, grand townhouses and mansions were built on this European style boulevard. Today, Marigny is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city-designated historic district, due to its preservation of Creole cottages and many ornamented shotgun dwellings. Meeting Location: Old U.S. Mint Barracks Street Gate (Esplanade Gates)

New Orleans Music History Tour: Experience the storied history of New Orleans music with Friends of the Cabildo. Tours begin at the Old U.S. Mint and travel throughout the French Quarter. Hear the stories and see the places that has defined the New Orleans music scene for over 100 years. Musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, George Lewis and Danny Barker will be discussed as well as famous music venues such as Preservation Hall and the Palm Court Jazz Club. Meeting Location: Old U.S. Mint Barracks Street Gate (Across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Lower Central Business District Tour: Starting from Lafayette Square, this tour will follow the development of the CBD into the 20th century, highlighting the Canal Street and Picayune Place Historic Districts. Canal Street, long considered the retail merchandising heart of the city, began its life in the early 19th century along the path of a planned, but never constructed, canal. Picayune Place is noted for its unparalleled collection of intact 19th century commercial buildings, predominantly in the Greek Revival style. Meeting Location: Henry Clay Statue Lafayette Square

CBD/St. Mary Tour
Member: $20

CBD/St. Mary Tour
General Admission: $25

 
Battle of New Orleans Tour
Member: $20

Battle of New Orleans Tour
General Admission: $25
 
Lower Garden District Tour
Member: $20

Lower Garden District Tour
General Admission: $25
Marigny Tour
Member: $20

Marigny Tour
General Admission: $25
Music History Tour
Member: $20

Music History Tour
General Admission: $25
 Lower CBD Tour
Member Tickets: $20.00
Lower CBD Tour
General Admission:
$25.00

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New Book

The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception:The British Attempt to Seize New Orleans and Nullify the Louisiana Purchase

Perhaps no conflict in American history is more important yet more overlooked and misunderstood than the War of 1812. Begun by President James Madison after decades of humiliating British trade interference and impressment of American sailors, the war in many ways was the second battle for United States independence. At the climax of the war-inspired by the defeat of Napoleon in early 1814 and the perceived illegality of the Louisiana Purchase-the British devised a plan to launch a three-pronged attack against the northern, eastern, and southern U.S. borders. Concealing preparations for this strike by engaging in negotiations in Ghent, Britain meanwhile secretly issued orders to seize New Orleans and wrest control of the Mississippi and the lands west of the river. They further instructed British commander General Edward Pakenham not to cease his attack if he heard rumors of a peace treaty. Great Britain even covertly installed government officials within military units with the intention of immediately taking over administrative control once the territory was conquered. According to author Ronald J. Drez, the British strategy and the successful defense of New Orleans through the leadership of General Andrew Jackson affirm the serious implications of this climatic -battle. Far from being simply an unnecessary epilogue to the War of 1812, the Battle of New Orleans firmly secured for the United States the territory acquired through the Louisiana Purchase. Through the use of primary sources, Drez provides a deeper understanding of Britain’s objectives, and The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception offers a compelling account of this pivotal moment in American history.

FOC members receive a 15% discount on all purchases and we sell the Krewe of Rex Merchandise!

dotterYoga at the Cabildo

Designed for all levels of practice, for travelers and residents alike, Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings.

Tuesday/Thursdays – 8:00am to 9:00am

Saturdays – 8:30am to 9:30am Cabildo 2nd-Floor Gallery

$12 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $8 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided