FOC Events Calendar

Irish CIrish Channel Tour

Saturday, September 24, 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.

pres-hallNew Orleans Music History Tour

Satchmo Summer Fest Music Tours: Daily (August 5-7, 9 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.

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Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

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

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, July 31 (10:30 a.m.)

Wednesdays, August 10 (10 a.m.), September 7 (10 a.m.)

Sundays, August 28 (10:30 a.m.), September 25 (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.

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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.

CBDFaubourg St. Mary Tour

Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m.

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.

2nd Thursday Lecture Series

July 14th @ 6 p.m.

Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue

Dr. Gaines Foster

What Americans Think About the Civil War – and What they Should Think

Americans remain fundamentally conflicted about the meaning of the American Civil War, disagreeing about its significance as well as its causes.  This confusion has its roots in the development of three distinct narratives after the war:  one among African Americans that centered on emancipation, another among white Northerners that stressed the preservation of the Union, and a third among white Southerners who denied that slavery had anything to do with the war. Gaines Foster’s lecture, “What Americans Think about the Civil War” will explore how memories of, and stories about, the Civil War have changed over time and suggest a series of ambiguities that Americans should keep in mind as they think about the war today.

A native of Louisiana, Gaines Foster has been in the history department at Louisiana State University since 1982, where he is now the LSU Foundation Murphy J. Foster Professor. From 2009 to 2014, he served as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. His teaching and research have focused on the United States, particularly the South since the Civil War.

For more information, contact Cody Scallions at or 504.568.2123.

Admission is free.

Free and Open to the Public

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

1850 House Museum Storebayou

New Book

A BAYOU HOME by Nancy Backus Roniger

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!

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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