Saturday, October 12, 2013

21. Interview with Dr. Christina Vella about the Baroness de Pontalba: Part II.

21. We conclude our interview with Dr. Christina Vella about Micaela Leonarda Antonia Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba (November 6, 1795 - April 20, 1874).  Dr. Vella has written a major biography of the Baroness entitled Intimate Enemies; it is the first biography to be thoroughly researched with primary documents from both Louisiana and France. If you haven't heard the Baroness' fascinating story yet, you have felt her influence.  Perhaps the most iconic location in Louisiana is Jackson Square; she and her father we commissioned all the buildings around the square.  First, the Baroness had to endure years of domestic abuse, survive an attempt on her life, and set a legal precedent for getting a separation as a recourse for an abusive marriage.  Join us for part 2 of our interview.
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  October 13, 1931. Lt. Gov. Cyr takes oath of office "since Huey Long is now a senator." 
  2. This week in Louisiana.
    Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 7:00 pm
    Abyssinian Mass
    Wynton Marsalis & The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
    Saenger Theatre
    1111 Canal St.
    New Orleans, LA 70122
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