FOC Events Calendar

Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans

Every Wednesday 6 – 8 p.m. (May 24th-June 21st)

Old U.S. Mint (3rd Floor Performance Space: 400 Esplanade Avenue

Class Fee: $125 Members, $150 General Admission

The Friends of the Cabildo Adult History Class “Neighborhoods of New Orleans” will cover the entire city of New Orleans and outlying areas in five two-hour sessions. New Orleans Historian Dr. Charles Chamberlain and Lousiana State Museum Historians Dr. Karen Leathem & Joyce Miller will breakdown the development of the city by neighboorhood creation. From the first neighborhood (French Quarter) to the City of Jefferson to the explansive suburbs such as Metairie and St. Tammany Parish, the class will focus on the people and the areas that make New Orleans a melting pot of culture.

May 24 – French Quarter/CBD
May 31 – Downriver Neighborhoods/Treme
June 7 – Jefferson, Uptown, Carrollton
June 14 – Mid-City, Gentilly, Broadmoor
June 21 – Suburbs of New Orleans

Researching Your New Orleans Property

Saturday, June 17th, 9:30 a.m.

Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Ave.

Tickets: $20 FOC/LMF/PRC Members, $25 General Admission

Robert J. Cangelosi Jr., an adjunct lecturer at the Tulane University School of Architecture, will present an in-depth program on historic home research at the Old U.S. Mint at 9:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

If walls could talk, you would know everything you wanted to know about your property, like who previously owned it, those who slept in it, how old it is, and what secrets it holds. Cangelosi, president of Koch and Wilson Architects, will outline how to develop the history of your property, using primary sources rather than oral traditions and secondary sources, which often are incorrect. Preparation of a “chain of title,” the essential first step in developing a history, will be discussed. The chain document the ownership of a property, which in theory, can be taken back to the early 1700s, during the French Colonial period. The “chain of title” relates to the property, not the improvements, and rarely will the chain alone indicate when improvements were made. Like history detectives, determining when improvements were done involves research into various records, including census, tax, water, building permits, contracts, city directories, newspapers, and more. This program will explain how these records can be used and where to find them.

The architectural style of the improvements can also help date a property. A concise architectural history of New Orleans will be included to help identify the architectural style of your property.

Space is limited. Contact the FOC Office at 523.3939 for reservations.

New Orleans Music History Tour

Saturday, May 27th at 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Barracks Entrance, across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Experience the storied history of New Orleans music with the FOC’s New Orleans Music History Tour. Begin at the Old U.S. Mint and travel throughout the French Quarter, hear stories and visit locations that have 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.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturday, July 15th at 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: St. Vincent’s Guest House
(1507 Magazine Street)

Most New Orleanians have enjoyed a sloppy roast beef poboy at a legendary Irish bar off Magazine Street, or caught cabbages, potatoes and carrots at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But not everyone has stopped to consider the history of the immigrant populations who lived and worked near the docks along the Mississippi River, their culture and traditions forming the foundation of the area we now know as the Irish Channel. The Friends of the Cabildo’s Irish Channel Tour explores this diverse home of working class immigrants, natives and free people of color. From famous churches to Irish bars, unique architecture, famous historic figures and notable festivals, the Irish Channel Tour reveals the many facets of this neighborhood beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Lower Garden District Tour

Sunday, July 2nd at 9 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania and Terpsichore streets)

Nineteenth century residential life in New Orleans comes alive through the Friends of the Cabildo Lower Garden District Tour! The district’s extensive collection of 1800s residences- primarily side hall, double-galleried homes in the Greek Revival and Italianate styles – will capture your imagination with both the romance and realities of life in these grand homes in the age before modern conveniences. Bounded by the Crescent City Connection, Mississippi River, Jackson Avenue and St. Charles Avenue, the Lower Garden District was developed as six different faubourgs, and it known for its many irregularly shaped parks. You will gain a new understanding of the history and culture of the area through a review of its architecture, geography and famous residents. 

Garden District Tour

Sunday, June 4th at 9 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (Riverside corner of Prytania Street)

Most residents and visitors alike know of the Garden District as a stunning neighborhood full of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, bounded by Jackson, St. Charles, and Louisiana avenues, and Magazine Street. But do you know who established the Garden District? What part did the NO & Carrollton Railroad play? Why do we always hear tour guides reference “Lafayette” and “Livaudais?” Discover the answers to those questions and more when exploring the Garden District with the Friends of the Cabildo. As we unveil the Garden District’s incredible architecture, and the influence of culture, climate, political events, and famous figures on the area, you will see these grand residences as more than just beautiful houses; they are the enduring statements of mid-nineteenth century Americans in New Orleans.

Treme Cultural Tour

Saturday, June 24th at 9 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Basin Street Station (501 Basin St.)

This walking tour of Treme provides a rich, detailed perspective on one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. Originally known as “back of town,” the old Creole feel of Treme makes it easy to imagine the early 1800s multicultural community formed by immigrants, free people of color, and refugees from Saint-Domingue. An important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture, Treme is the cherished home of fourth and fifth generation residents who strive to maintain the area’s cultural and social traditions. We will trace the origin and development of Treme through the amazing nineteenth century architecture (including Creole cottages, townhouses, and shotgun houses), geography, and urban influences dating from the subdivision of this land by Claude Treme in the 1790s to the present day. 

Creole Neighborhoods Tour

Wednesdays, June 7th & July 12th, 9 a.m.

Sunday, June 25th & July 30th, 10:30 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Gates)

Faubourg Marigny was one of the City’s earliest suburbs, located immediately downriver from the Vieux Carré on land subdivided from the plantation of Bernard Marigny de Mandeville, one of New Orleans most colorful historical figures. Today, the 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.

Initially, Esplanade Avenue was designated by the French as a commons. In later years, both the French and Spanish built fortifications there. After the Louisiana Purchase, grand townhouses and mansions were built on this European style boulevard.

Central Business District Tour (Faubourg St. Mary)

Thursdays, June 8th & July 13th, 9 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Firestone (Corner of Julia and Camp Streets)

Walking along the busy concrete sidewalks of the Central Business District today, it is difficult to imagine that the streets now shaded by skyscrapers were originally part of Belair, the plantation of city founder Bienville—part of his 1719 land grant which stretched to the present-day Jefferson Parish line. The Friends of the Cabildo Faubourg St. Mary walking tour reveals the history behind the present day commercial district, from the plantation beginnings through the explosive American growth during the peak years from 1830–1860, to the present day. Marvel at historic buildings on Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue, Julia Street, Lee Circle, and more! This tour provides a historic backdrop for a new appreciation of the American Sector.

2nd Thursday Lecture Series

 

June 8 – 6 p.m. – Old U.S. Mint

Rien Fertel The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.

July 13 – Sarah Baird – New Orleans Cocktails

August 10 – David Kunian – Women of Note (New Jazz Exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint)

September 14 – Robert Freeland- The Impact of International Education in New Orleans

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

$15 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $10 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided

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