The Louisiana State Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits the art documents, and artifacts that comprise Louisiana’s collective memory and reflect the rich history and culture of this great state.
The Friends of the Cabildo is a non-profit organization that provides significant financial and volunteer support for the Louisiana State Museum, its projects and its properties.
Since incorporating in 1956, the Friends of the Cabildo has grown into a large statewide membership organization, a dynamic and motivating force in broadening and supporting the aims of the Louisiana State Museum.
- Provide significant annual monetary support to the Louisiana State Museum for its education and exhibition programs
Maintain an active volunteer program that supplements the museum’s professional staff
- Operate the 1850 House Museum Store on historic Jackson Square
Publish a series of distinguished award-winning architectural books on the historical districts of New Orleans
- Give daily walking tours of the French Quarter
- Offer a comprehensive training program for walking tour guides and museum docents
- Organize annual events such as the Spring Home Tour, Ghostly Gallivant and Creole Christmas, which raise funds for the Louisiana State Museum
Offer various educational and members-only programming and events
Proud New Orleanian Sees of Long Term Membership in the Friends of the Cabildo
Wendy Lodrig, a proud New Orleans native, finds the heart and soul of Friends of the Cabildo in its vibrant membership. To her, this organization thrives thanks to its dynamic group of lifelong learners, united by an unwavering commitment to preserving and celebrating the rich culture of the region.
“The Friends of the Cabildo is a very diverse, welcoming group,” says Wendy, who serves as the Friends representative of the state museum board. “The members ARE the organization.”
Wendy joined the Friends as a young woman looking to become more involved in her community. After 30 years of dedicated service, she still finds great fulfillment in the Friends’ mission and programming.
“The Friends presents information in a really palatable and entertaining way,” says Wendy. “There is just always something to do. It’s a safe space to meet new people who really want to welcome you to their organization.”
Over the course of her membership, Wendy hasn’t merely forged new friendships and established connections with fellow members; she has also embarked on a journey of growth and learning.
“Through my years as a member, I’ve learned so much about our wonderful city and state,” says Wendy. “You can be just a lifelong learner or really do a deep dive. I’m always excited for the programming. There is always something to look forward to.”
Wendy eagerly anticipates the upcoming film series at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. She’s thrilled at the prospect of enjoying the museum’s unique space and watching films she wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.
“A membership is a great way to support your community,” says Wendy. “I even give memberships as gifts for the holidays!”
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