FOC Events Calendar

sidney_bechetHidden Treasures: Sidney Bechet Edition

Wednesday, October 19th, 6 & 7 p.m. Showings

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue)

Tickets: $15 Members, $20 General Admission

Some of the greatest musicians of all time can immediately be recognized by just a few notes. But few musicians have displayed this talent quote like New Orleans jazz legend Sidney Bechet. A throbbing vibrato and passionate rhythmic attack combined to create Bechet’s signature sound. The cadence allowed him to outshine nearly every other musical on the bandstand.

A sound so big and full of life, its only match was the personality of its creator. If the soul of a man ever revealed itself through an instrument, it was this charismatic, proud and sometimes erratic New Orleans Jazz pioneer.

Joine Friends of the Cabildo and Louisiana State Museum Music curator David Kunian for this one night, behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating life and legendary music of Bechet.

To order tickets online click book now or call the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939. Space is limited to 20 guests per showing.


connie-2smallerGhostly Gallivant: Living History Courtyard Tours

Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23rd

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Depart Every Half Hour)

Friends of the Cabildo will host their popular Ghostly Gallivant: Living History Courtyard Tours, October 22nd and 23rd. Originating at the 1850 House Museum store at 523 St. Ann Street on Jackson Square, the tours lead guests through the French Quarter, visiting five historic courtyards while introducing them to some of New Orleans more famous historical spirits. Departing every half-hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., participants might expect to encounter Baroness Michaela Pontalba or New Orleans’ best-known pirate Jean Lafitte. Tickets for the tours are $25 for adults, $20 for FOC members and $10 for students (13-21). Children under 12 are free.

Friends of the Cabildo Concert Series

Located at the Old U.S. Mint’s 3rd Floor Performance Space, the 150-person venue hosts some of the most intimate concerts in the City of New Orleans and with some of the best musicians around. For the 2016-20117 season, the Friends will host five concerts at the Mint and will feature Rock, Folk, Blues and Zydeco. Tickets are always limited for these shows so don’t miss out on these exciting concerts as these musicians are recorded for the Louisiana State Museum Archives. All concerts are at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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


Deacon_John_MooreNovember 4 – Deacon John
grayson2November 18 – Grayson Capps
akennyneal2012January 20 – Kenny Neal
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pres-hallNew Orleans Music History Tour

Saturday, October 22nd, 10 a.m.

Upcoming: 11/26, 12/17, 1/28

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.

Lower Garden District TourLower Garden

Monday, October 10th, 10 a.m.

Friday, November 25th, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania and Terpsichore)

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 Mississippi River Bridge, the Mississippi River, Jackson Avenue, and St. Charles Avenue, the Lower Garden District was developed as six different faubourgs, and it is 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.

TremeTreme Cultural Tour

Sunday, October 9th, 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 26th, 10 a.m.

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.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Basin Street Station, 501 Basin Street

Irish CIrish Channel Tour

Saturday, November 19th, 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.

Battle of New Orleans TourMisc_Beluche

Saturday, November 12th, 10:30 a.m. (150 minute tour)

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

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

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Battle of New Orleans, the FOC has designed a tour that tells the story from points in the French Quarter that surrounded 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.

Creole Neighborhoods TourMarigny

Sunday, October 30th, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays, October 19th, November 16th 10 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.

CBDFaubourg St. Mary Tour


Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: World War II Museum Main Entrance

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.

MApFOC Annual Symposium

December 9-10 | Cabildo & Old U.S. Mint

Keynote: William C. Davis

Historians have discovered large amounts of information regarding the legal slave trade and New Orleans as the most important slave trading market in the United States during the Antebellum period. However, the illicit slave trade supported by privateers, pirates and businessmen is less understood.

Despite the banning of importing slaves by the federal government in 1808, a huge market for slaves existed in Louisiana and these networks provided access to cheaper slaves and without documentation. Privateer Jean Lafitte and Jim Bowie are just two of the most well-known names associated with this trade network.

This symposium will explore this illicit slaved trade and some of the important figures of this period in American History. The importance of Louisiana and the Gulf South to the Atlantic Slave Trade will also be explored as well.

Tickets: $80 Members/$90 General Admission

Friday Keynote: Cabildo 6:30 p.m., William C. Davis

Saturday Symposium: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. David Head (University of Central Florida), Erin Greenwald (Historic New Orleans Collection), Dr. Robert Paquette (Hamilton College), Dr. Kevin Harrell (Historic New Orleans Collection) & Dr. Randy Sparks (Tulane University)

2nd Thursday Lecture Series

October 13 @ 6 p.m. | Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue

“Sanctuary in tlaurakelleyhe Swamps: Survival by Strategic Migration, Native American Communities in Southern Louisiana” | Laura Kelley, Ph.D.

Unbeknownst to many in the New Orleans’ metropolitan area, an hour and a half outside of the city, hidden in lower Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, there exist an interrelated network of small, still French-speaking Native American communities. Historian Laura D. Kelley will present a fascinating talk on how and why these Tribes came to live in these remote bayous and will explore what may happen to these communities in this era of climate change, coastal erosion, and rising sea levels.

For more information, contact Cody Scallions at or 504.568.2123.

Admission is free and open to the public


Upcoming Lectures

November 10 @ 6 p.m. | Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue

“Deep South Pacific: Tiki in New Orleans” | Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berrybbberry

A global Tiki drink revival is in full swing, but without one man there’d be nothing to revive. Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, the wayward son of an old New Orleans family who found fame as “Don The Beachcomber,” single-handedly invented the Tiki bar – and the “Tiki Drink.” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry has researched Don’s life and work for over 20 years. Join the Bum as he tells the story of Don’s first exposure to tropical drinks in Jamaica and Singapore, his years as a Prohibition bootlegger, his meteoric rise as restaurateur to the stars in 1930s Hollywood, and how it all came home to roost after WWII at New Orleans hotspots like the Bali Ha’i at Pontchartrain Beach and the Outrigger in the CBD. We will reveal the source of the Beachcomber’s rum drink inspiration, crack his secret recipe code, hear the untold stories of people who worked for him, and track his legacy right up to today’s Revival in New Orleans.


December 8 @ 6 p.m. – Emily Clark (Topic TBA)

Free and Open to the Public

For more information, contact Cody Scallions at or 504-568-2123

1850 House Museum Store

Book Signing | October 22 @ 2-4 p.m. | 1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann St.

laveau-front-cover-7“Famille Vve Paris neé Laveau: The Tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1″
by Carolyn Morrow Long

An extensively researched, indispensible guide concerning Marie Laveau and the family members, friends, and strangers interred in the famous tomb. Featuring the first known statement to appear in print of Marie Laveau’s own words as to her age and condition of health that was taken in a deposition by a Justice of the Peace on February 24, 1873.

Retail $14.99, $12.75 with FOC discount of 15%

Carolyn Morrow Long retired from the National Museum of American History in 2001. She is the author of “A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau,” “Madame Lalaurie: Mistress of the Haunted House,” and “Spiritual Merchants: Religion, Magic and Commerce.”

New Book

“A Bayou Home”  by Nancy Backus Ronigerbayou

Lose yourself in the bayous and swamps of South Louisiana and enter a world
of swamp creatures whose leader is an alligator named Swampmaster Bejeaux.

Swampmaster Bejeaux goes on an action-packed adventure and encounters the
Cajun world of fais-do-dos, hunting camps, the loup-garou, and black magic.
Along the way you will meet his swamp friends, several whom save the day for
our alligator.

Retail $19.99, $16.99 with FOC discount of 15%

Nancy Backus Roniger is a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University
and a Masters of Arts in English Teaching from the University of New
Orleans. She has been a teacher for many years in the New Orleans area and is author
of The Duchess of Paducah, a young adult novel about her childhood. Nancy
particularly enjoys all things Cajun, which inspired her book about an
alligator. She now lives in Madisonville, La. With her husband, Tim, and
three cats.

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

Purchase Museum Tickets using the Book Now button

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

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

Mats are provided

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