The French Quarter, A Symposium

The French QuarterThe symposium will take place on Saturday, January 19th, at the Hotel Monteleone.  Focusing on the fascinating history of New Orleans’s oldest neighborhood, the 2019 Williams Research Center Symposium will address visual, social, and commercial elements found within the city’s original footprint.

Registration information and a full schedule are available online: https://www.hnoc.org/programs/wrc-symposium.

What To Expect

The 2019 Williams Research Center Symposium focuses on the fascinating history of New Orleans’ French Quarter. An array of scholars will present talks that address visual, social, and commercial elements of the original city of New Orleans and its oldest neighborhood. The symposium will offer a prelude to the series of galleries on the history of the French Quarter being dedicated and publicly opened in 2019 as part of THNOC’s much-anticipated expansion into the Seignouret-Brulatour building and old WDSU studio facility at 520 Royal Street.

A number of this year’s presenters are staff members (or former staff) of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Mark Cave, John H. Lawrence, John T. Magill, and Eric Seiferth share thoughts on collecting oral histories of French Quarter residents; the depiction of the French Quarter in photographs; the importance of the river, port, and commerce to the Vieux Carré through history; and the music of the neighborhood.

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