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# Tuesday, July 03, 2007
New Orleans Heritage
Posted by Diane

After my trip to build houses in a hurricane-ravaged New Orleans neighborhood, I’m slightly tanner, much better with a hammer, and more knowledgeable about the Crescent City’s history and culture.

Our volunteer group worked on the Musicians’ Village, a Habitat for Humanity project in the Upper Ninth Ward that celebrates New Orleans’ musical heritage.
Amidst all the construction, I did get to see a few historical places, including:  

Preservation Hall has been a popular place to hear old-school New Orleans Jazz since 1961. Only a hundred people at a time can pack inside. I sat on the floor about a foot from the band and had to duck the trombone a couple of times.

The Louisiana State Museum has history exhibits in the Cabildo (see an inside view below; it was the seat of government under Spanish rule), where the Louisiana Purchase agreement was signed in 1803. A genealogical tidbit I picked up there: Don't overlook New Orleans as your immigrant ancestors' arrival port. Many Europeans who wanted to settle along or west of the Mississippi River heard they’d have an easier time reaching their destinations from New Orleans.



New Orleans has strong Catholic roots. A church has stood on the St. Louis Cathedral site since 1718. The current building (below, with the Cabildo on the left) was finished in 1793 and overhauled during the 1850s. (Read more about Louisiana churches from John Kendall’s digitized History of New Orleans.)



On my list for the next visit: The National World War II Museum, St. Louis Cemetery and the New Orleans Public Library genealogy department. (We cover this and other Louisiana repositories in The April 2005 Family Tree Magazine's Louisiana State Research guide.)



Social History
Tuesday, July 03, 2007 8:36:52 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Tuesday, July 03, 2007 11:14:50 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi Diane,

I subscribe to Google alerts to receive any and all mention of New Orleans on the web. Your blog caught my eye as a recent visitor w/ a positive experience in New Orleans.

On the Andre Trevigne Show (daily 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST) we have been inviting visitors to come on-air as call-in guests to talk about their travels to New Orleans and their perceptions of the city post-Katrina.

Would you be interested and available sometime in the next month to talk for 10 minutes w/ Andre?

I would also be very interested in hearing more about your reason for visiting. The last guest in this arena was here researching our culinary goods; you were doing genealogical research? I'd be curious to know more about that. I think it may inspire our listeners to do know more about our excellent local resources for this research.

Thanks in advance for your consideration!

Sincerely,

Amy Kirk
amykirk@clearchannel.com
(504) 620-0457
Tuesday, July 03, 2007 3:07:45 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I'd love to talk about the trip (I've sent you an e-mail with more details) and I can offer some information about repositories as well, using information from our coverage in the magazine. Thanks!
Diane
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