Friday, May 20, 2016

157. Laura D. Kelley, Part 2.

157. Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Laura D. Kelley.  Laura was born in New York City but after moving to New Orleans to complete her Ph.D., she realized she had finally found a place to call home. Her Irish roots dictated the focus of her study, and Irish luck lent a hand when she met on her first day in the Crescent City a man from “da Channel” – the Irish Channel – with an unusual accent reminiscent of New York City even though he was born and raised in New Orleans. Kelley realized then and there that she had found the subject and specific focus of her research.  Laura has written The Irish in New Orleans about this little-known history. “In this well-researched volume, historian Dr. Laura D. Kelley tells the colorful history of the Irish in New Orleans.” 
  1. This week in Louisiana history. May 21, 1958. Segregation of New Orleans Street Cars ended.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. On May 21, 1779, in view of the great abuses committed in the sale of provisions which were exposed to the elements (not being covered), the Cabildo determined to build a wooden warehouse sixty feet long by twenty-two feet wide in which to transact the sale of provisions.  During the same session, Don Santiago Toutan Beauregard was appointed Commissioner and Provincial Judge to succeed Don Carlos Honorato Olivier who resigned
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Little Walter Music Festival
    May 28th, 2016
    Alexandria Amphitheatre
    933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA 71301
    318-442-9546 | 800-551-9546
    Alexandria Amphitheatre
    The Little Walter Music Festival is a festival held at the Alexandria Amphitheater in Alexandria, La. honoring Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Blues sideman and bandleader "Little Walter." For a complete lineup and more details, visit
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