Friday, March 27, 2020

358. Mary Gehman, part 2

358. Part 2 of our interview with Mary Gehman about her book, Women in New Orleans.  Mary Gehman has actively participated in the New Orleans writing community since the 1970s. She was greatly involved in developing Margaret Media, Inc., which was established in 1981 in New Orleans as the publisher of Distaff, a women's monthly newspaper first published in 1972.
Although the newspaper, the only one of its kind in the Deep South, ceased publication in 1982, the company president and one of Distaff's founders, Mary Gehman, continued to operate Margaret Media, Inc. to conduct women's history tours of the French Quarter and eventually to publish the book Women and New Orleans in 1988. Her second book, The Free People of Color of New Orleans, was published in 1994, and the third, Louisiana's Great River Road: The Mississippi from Angola North to Venice South in 2003.
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  March 28 1973. Lindy Boggs becomes first LA. women elected to US House of Representative.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Delta's 727 flight 357 from New Orleans to Dallas was hijacked to Cuba on March 28, 1984.  Approximately 20 minutes after departure from New Orleans, a male passenger stood up holding a whiskey bottle with brown liquid and demanded to be flown to Cuba. He threatened to pour the liquid on a flight attendant and ignite it if his demand was not met. The pilot diverted the aircraft to Cuba where the flight landed without further incident.  Cuban authorities boarded the aircraft in Havana and took the hijacker into custody.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    4th Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
    March 29th, 2020
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Northwest Community Center Pavilion
    651 Samuel Drive,
    Eunice, LA 70535
    337-457-2565 | 887-948-8004
    Website | Email
         This event features professional and amateur cooks vying for the title of "World Champion." One of the best ways to taste some of the best crawfish in Louisiana. Teams compete to see who can cook the best crawfish etouffee in three categories: Amateur, Professional and Club/Organization. Once the judges have their samples from the booths, the public can buy the crawfish etouffee directly from the participants. Vote for the People's Choice Award!
         Great live Cajun and zydeco music (starting at 10am), plenty of dancing and, of course, tons of etouffee. There will also be a poker run, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, fun jumps, and more fun activities for the whole family! World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff is held the last Sunday in March every year, except when it conflicts with Easter.
         Trophies given after 2pm. Buy Etouffee from the booths starting at 11 am. Arts & Crafts and additional food and desserts. No admission fee.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana.  Famous Door Bar.
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Friday, March 20, 2020

357. Mary Gehman, Part 1

357. Part 1 of our interview with Mary Gehman, author of Women in New Orleans. Mary has actively participated in the New Orleans writing community since the 1970s. She was greatly involved in developing Margaret Media, Inc., which was established in 1981 in New Orleans as the publisher of Distaff, a women's monthly newspaper first published in 1972. Although the newspaper, the only one of its kind in the Deep South, ceased publication in 1982, the company president and one of Distaff's founders, Mary Gehman, continued to operate Margaret Media, Inc. to conduct women's history tours of the French Quarter and eventually to publish the book Women and New Orleans in 1988. Her second book, The Free People of Color of New Orleans, was published in 1994, and the third, Louisiana's Great River Road: The Mississippi from Angola North to Venice South in 2003.

  1. This week in Louisiana history. March 21, 1804. French Emperor Napolean Bonaparte enacts a new legal framework, the "Napoleonic Code", which gives France its first coherent set of civil and creminal laws. It will later become the basis of Louisiana civil law.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The Good Friday Fire. March 21, 1788. The Great New Orleans Fire (1788) was a fire that destroyed 856 of the 1,100 structures in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 21, 1788, spanning the south central French Quarter from Burgundy to Chartres Street, almost to the riverfront buildings. An additional 212 buildings were destroyed in a later city-wide fire, on December 8, 1794.
  3. This week in Louisiana. The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival
    March 25th, 2020 - March 29th, 2020
    Hotel Monteleone
    214 Royal St,
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-581-1144
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  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Steamboat Willie Band.
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Friday, March 13, 2020

356. Katie Burlison

356. Katie Burlison is the curator of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, a museum in the French Quarter (820 St. Louis Street & 818 St. Louis Street). We discuss the history of the Protestant charity, the Christian Woman's Exchange (once a tenant of the Hermann-Grima House) in New Orleans. The Exchange published the Creole Cookery Book in 1885, one of the earliest New Orleans cookbooks. "The Christian Woman’s Exchange was the first New Orleans women’s organization established by women for women. Organized in April 1881 and chartered in May of the same year, the Christian Woman’s Exchange was structured much like the original woman’s exchange groups located in the northeastern United States. Their buildings housed consignment shops, rooms for rent, and dining rooms for women of every social class. As the needs of women changed, the group modified its mission to promote public history education in and out of the classroom" (64Parishes).
  1. This week in Louisiana history. March 14, 1780. Galvez captures Ft. Charlotte at Mobile.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Drew Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints on March 14, 2006.
  3. This week in Louisiana. Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Block Party & Parade
    March 14th, 2020 - March 17th, 2020
    Irish Channel Neighborhood
    Irish Channel,
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-799-5188
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  4. Postcards from Louisiana. The Wawa Band plays in New Orleans.
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Thursday, March 5, 2020

355. Laura D. Kelley on Margaret Haughery

355. We interview Laura D. Kelley about Margaret Gaffney Haughery for Women's History Month. We talked to Laura in Episodes 156 and 157 about the history of the Irish in New Orleans. Today she comes back to discuss Margaret Gaffney Haughery, commonly called the Mother of Orphans. She immigrated to New Orleans in 1835, but soon lost her husband and child. The nuns took her in, and she began to work with orphans, donating much of her earnings to their support. She became a successful business woman, first in dairy and later in a bakery. As she became more financially successful, she expanded her support of orphans and led others in donating to them also.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. March 7 1830. Gov. Jacques Villere died on his plantation south of N.O.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. According to the New Orleans Public Service Riders' Digest, the Knights of Electra first used electricity, in a Carnival parade on March 7, 1889.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    New Orleans Bourbon Festival.
    March 11-14, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    New Orleans Riverside Hilton & Contemporary Arts Center
    2 Poydras Avenue, New Orleans, 900 Camp St, New Orleans,
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-905-0726
    Website
    New Orleans Bourbon Festival’s mission is to provide our attendees with an opportunity to enjoy exceptional Bourbon and cuisine surrounded by the charm and culture of New Orleans.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Steve Mignano Band
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Friday, February 28, 2020

354. John Dufresne

354. We talk to John Dufresne. John is the author of six novels: Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, (both New York Times Notable Books of the Year) Deep in the Shade of Paradise, Requiem, Mass., No Regrets, Coyote, and I Don't Like Where This Is Going.  He also wrote two short story collections: The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, as well as three chapbooks: Lethe, Cupid, Time and Love; Well Enough Alone; and I Will Eat a Piece of the Roof and You Can Eat the Window. He has two books on writing and creativity: The Lie That Tells a Truth: a Guide to Writing Fiction and Is Life Like This?: a Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 29, 1904. Study reported that 50 automobiles were owned and operated in N.O.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. February 29, 1824. OUDOUSQUIE, Charles, impresario.  Born, New Orleans, February 29, 1814 [sic]; son of Norbert Boudousquié and Marie Thérèse Héloïse de Chouriac. Succeeded Pierre Davis as director of the Théâtre d'Orléans (ca. 1853). Instrumental in construction of the new French Opera House, which opened December 1, 1859, and which he managed until the outbreak of the Civil War. 
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    New Orleans French Film Festival 2020.
    February 27th, 2020 - March 4th, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Prytania Theatre
    5339 Prytania St.,
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    504-309-6633
    Website
    This year, right after Mardi Gras, Laissez les bons temps rouler watching French-language films at the Prytania Theatre! The 23rd New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest running foreign language festivals in the country, showcases excellence in contemporary and classic francophone Cinema for audiences of about 4,000 at the Prytania Theatre, the oldest single-screen movie house operating in Louisiana. All films will be screened with English subtitles.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Accordion player on Royal Street.
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Friday, February 21, 2020

353. Bruce A. Craft, part 2

353. Part 2 of our interview with Bruce A. Craft (English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies). We talk about his presentation on “Redbone Rhetoric—Then and Now: An Exploration of the Literary and Historical Narrative of the Louisiana Redbones.” Bruce explores the history and culture of this tri-racial group living in western Louisiana.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 22, 1819. In the Adams-Onís Treaty - Spain acknowledges the Sabine River as Louisiana's western boundary.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Happy Birthday Ernie K-Doe, "Emperor of the Universe," born on February 22, 1936 at Charity Hospital. “I’m not positive, but I think all music came from New Orleans.”
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Krewe of Bonne Terre
    February 25, 2020
    Montegut Parade Route
    Hwy. 55,
    Montegut, LA 70377
    985-868-2732
    Website
         Mardi Gras in Houma, Louisiana is a true Cajun celebration. With over a dozen parades full of colorfully themed floats, scores of marching bands and tons of great throws, Houma has one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana. You’ll find that a Houma Mardi Gras is full of Cajun hospitality along with safe, economical, family-friendly events. So, plan to catch some throws, stuff yourself full of King Cake, and above all else, let the good times roll!
         The Mardi Gras celebration in Houma starts with the Krewe of Hercules and runs nearly non-stop until the Krewe of Kajuns.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Band at the Funky 544.
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Friday, February 14, 2020

352. Bruce A. Craft, part 1

352. Part 1 of our interview with Bruce A. Craft (English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies). “Redbone Rhetoric—Then and Now: An Exploration of the Literary and Historical Narrative of the Louisiana Redbones.” Bruce explores the history and culture of this tri-racial group living in western Louisiana.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 15 1956 Fed. Judge S. Wright orders desegregation of N.O. schools with "all deliberate speed."
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Patent #2,341,866 was awarded to Andrew J. Higgins on February 15, 1944. Higgin's boats, built by New Orleanians and used during World War II, and particularly in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, prompted Dwight D. Eisenhower to say, "Andrew Higgins...is the man who won the war for us...If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different." Hitler called Higgins "the "New Noah". 
  3. Cajun Country Courir de Mardi Gras
    February 21-25, 2020
    Various Locations in Eunice, LA
    Downtown Eunice, 300 S. Second St.,
    Eunice, LA 70535
    337-457-7389
    Website
         This unique five day celebration is not your typical idea of Mardi Gras with beads and doubloons. In fact you won't find these trinkets in sight, but instead, men and women on horseback donned in hand crafted wire masks, tall hats called capuchons, and very distinctive costumes. This one of a kind celebration begins the Friday before Mardi Gras Day, but the main event is the Courir de Mardi Gras procession or "chicken run" which involves chasing a live chicken to collect for a community gumbo, and silliness by revelers all day. Don't wait till Fat Tuesday to join in the fun. Throughout the weeked, experience the town's rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits and a special Liberty Theater show. Les Jeunes and L'il Mardi Gras runs for children are on Sunday as well as an old time boucherie (hog butchering).
        The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras dates back from when the town was first established in the late 19th century. The Courir was abandoned for a few years during World War II, but in 1946 a small band of riders revived the tradition. Today, the Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras has more than 2,000 participants on the run, and it continues to increase each year. 
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Craig plays on St. Peter St.
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Friday, February 7, 2020

351. Michael N. Henderson, part 2

351. Part 2 of our interview with genealogist Michael N. Henderson. In Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation, Lieutenant Commander Michael Nolden Henderson, USN retired, captures the attention of genealogists, historians, and others interested in the complex social structure that developed during the French and Spanish colonial periods in Louisiana. He explores the forbidden relationships from which evolved the unique Creole culture. Revealing original documents from as far back as the 1770s, Henderson uses his own experiences as a family history researcher, as well as the insight of noted scholars, to reveal the methods, standards, and techniques used to prove his ancestry.
      Lieutenant Commander Michael Nolden Henderson, United States Navy retired, is a family history researcher who began his genealogy journey almost thirty years ago. He is a native of Algiers, Louisiana, and a graduate of Xavier University. In 2010, he became the first African American in the state of Georgia inducted into the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He later became president of the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Society SAR, and continues his research of colonial Louisiana. 
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 8, 1898. Grandfather Clause enacted for voting purposes.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Ground was broken for for the Notre Dame Seminary on Carrollton Avenue on February 8, 1922.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Tet Fest: Vietnamese New Year
    14011 Dwyer Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70129
    Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
    02/07/2020 - 02/09/2020
    Location Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
    Time Varies
    Price Free
    Tet Fest occurs at Queen Mary of Vietnam Church during the Vietnamese New Year. New Orleans is home to a large Vietnamese population that celebrates the New Year with this beautiful festival featuring delicious, authentic Vietnamese cuisine, traditional dances, live music, and fun for the whole family.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Wael Violin plays in Jackson Square.
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Friday, January 31, 2020

350. Michael N. Henderson, part 1

350.  Part 1 of our interview with genealogist Michael N. Henderson. In Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation, Lieutenant Commander Michael Nolden Henderson, USN retired, captures the attention of genealogists, historians, and others interested in the complex social structure that developed during the French and Spanish colonial periods in Louisiana. He explores the forbidden relationships from which evolved the unique Creole culture. Revealing original documents from as far back as the 1770s, Henderson uses his own experiences as a family history researcher, as well as the insight of noted scholars, to reveal the methods, standards, and techniques used to prove his ancestry.
      Lieutenant Commander Michael Nolden Henderson, United States Navy retired, is a family history researcher who began his genealogy journey almost thirty years ago. He is a native of Algiers, Louisiana, and a graduate of Xavier University. In 2010, he became the first African American in the state of Georgia inducted into the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He later became president of the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Society SAR, and continues his research of colonial Louisiana.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 1, 1929. Ida B. LeBoeuf became first woman hanged for murder in LA.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Actor and comedian Garrett Morris was born in New Orleans on February 1, 1937.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus
    Date 02/01/2020
    Time 7:00 PM
    Price Free
    The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Mardi Gras parade organization for the most revelrous Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Gamers, Cosplayers, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, Mad Scientists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom. Krewe members include science fiction lovers who will parody everything from Star Wars to Monty Python.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Adrienne plays the mandolin and harmonica by the LA Supreme Court.
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Friday, January 24, 2020

349. Nathan Rabalais, part 2

349. Part 2 of our interview with Nathan Rabalais about his documentary, Finding Louisiana. Louisiana French, folk tales. Nathan earned his Ph.D. in French Studies from Tulane University and a Doctorat en Langues et littératures from Université de Poitiers. His research focuses primarily on literatures, cultures, and oral tradition of Francophone North America (primarily Louisiana, Acadia, and Quebec). Professor Rabalais's courses include The Craft of Writing, Heroes, French and Creole Louisiana, and Pop Culture of Francophone North America. His most recent publications and feature-length documentary Finding Cajun (2019) focus on the intersection of language and identity in Louisiana and Acadian communities of Canada. His original poetry has been featured in several literary journals and in his book Le Hantage: un ouvrage de souvenance (2018). He is currently completing a monograph, Folklore Figures of French and Creole Louisiana, forthcoming with LSU Press.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 26, 1861. Louisiana's Secession Convention overwhelmingly votes to secede from the Union and become the Republic of Louisiana.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Today we celebrate the first edition of The Picayune on Wednesday, January 25, 1837.  It contained 4 pages, few graphics, and was distributed by two carriers who sold 800 of the 1000 copies that had been printed from the office at No. 38 Gravier Street. The following day, January 26, 1837, 2,000 copies were printed and sold. It was the first New Orleans newspaper to sell for less than a dime.  A picayune (a Spanish coin) equalled about 6 1/4 cents.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    King Cake Festival
    When: January 26; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: Champions Square
    What: Taste the many King Cakes from the city’s best bakeries, enjoy live music, and support pediatric programs and the Ochsner Hospital for Children at this annual festival presented by Ochsner.
     Presented by Ochsner Medical Center, King Cake Festival is an annual celebration of one of New Orleans sweetest treats: King Cake! Bakeries from across the Crescent City and beyond will serve their special twists on this New Orleans classic for fest-goers to try every January in Champion Square. Taste dozens of king cakes from bakeries, groceries and restaurants across the New Orleans area!
    King Cake Competitions
    You can watch the friendly competition among bakeries as they compete for a number of coveted King Cake titles. Categories such as Best Presentation, Most Unique, Best Traditional, People’s Choice and more are up for grabs.
    Fest Activities
    Benefitting Ochsner Hospital for Children, King Cake Festival usually has a number of family-friendly and heart-healthy activities. Come energized and ready to exercise with games for all ages. Live music performances also take place within Champion Square.
    Admission
    This event is free and open to the public. To taste the king cakes, tickets must be purchased. Usually, it is $20 for 10 tickets and 1 ticket per sample. Since the event is a fundraiser for Ochsner Hospital for Children, donations are highly recommended and greatly appreciated.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Milly Raccoon sings on Royal St.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

348. Nathan Rabalais, part 1

348. Part 1 of our interview with Nathan Rabalais. Finding Cajun. Louisiana French, folk tales. Nathan earned his Ph.D. in French Studies from Tulane University and a Doctorat en Langues et littératures from Université de Poitiers. His research focuses primarily on literatures, cultures, and oral tradition of Francophone North America (primarily Louisiana, Acadia, and Quebec). Professor Rabalais's courses include The Craft of Writing, Heroes, French and Creole Louisiana, and Pop Culture of Francophone North America. His most recent publications and feature-length documentary Finding Cajun (2019) focus on the intersection of language and identity in Louisiana and Acadian communities of Canada. His original poetry has been featured in several literary journals and in his book Le Hantage: un ouvrage de souvenance (2018). He is currently completing a monograph, Folklore Figures of French and Creole Louisiana, forthcoming with LSU Press.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 18, 1838. Caddo Parish created from Natchitoches District, named for Caddo Indians.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. The New Orleans Public Library first opened its doors to the public on January 18, 1897.  The system began in 1896 as the Fisk Free and Public Library in a building on Lafayette Square. Abijah Fisk was a merchant who, over fifty years earlier, had left his house—at the corner of Iberville and Bourbon Streets—to the city for use as a library. Subsequent donations had resulted in libraries and collections not completely free and open to the citizenry. An 1896 city ordinance proposed by Mayor John Fitzpatrick combined the Fisk collection with a newer municipal library. It eventually became known as the New Orleans Public Library.
  3. This week in Louisiana. 
    Centenary College
    Shreveport, LA
    January 20, 2020.
    5:00 am - 3:00 pm. Room 108.
    Dream Week 2020 —MLK service day.
    MLK Service Day is a large scale event open to Centenary students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other local community members to participate in a "day on instead of a day off" in honor of Dr. King's birthday.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Bourbon Bandstand Bar.
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Friday, January 10, 2020

347. Dan Mabry, part 2

347. Part 2 of our interview with Dan Mabry.  About a year ago, Dan started his own podcast in our hometown of Ruston, the Dan Mabry Project. The Idea behind The Dan Mabry Project is "honest conversation, with interesting people". There are no rules here, everyone is welcome, and everyone has a story to tell. I put out a new episode every week!
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  January 11, 2016. John Bel Edwards becomes 56th Governor of Louisiana.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  On January 11, 1803, Monroe & Livingston sailed for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy Louisiana and more.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    The Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival
    The annual Fur Festival Parade was always a high point of the festival, always held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, starting from the west end and traveling through town to the east, on Highway La. 27-82. Each civic organization would spend days and many hours planning and making the beautiful floats and competing for the honor of winning in the various categories.
    6:00 pm, Thursday, January 9, 2020 Beauty pageants and crowning of King Fur.
    9:00 am - 10:00 pm Friday.
    7:00 am - 10:00 pm Saturday.
    This festival costs $5.00 per person, or $15.00 for a weekend pass. Children 12 & younger are free. Enjoy the Beauty contests, Trap shooting, Dog trials, antique vehicles, muskrat and nutria skinning, oyster shucking competition, Kids oyster race, Gumbo cookoff, duck and goose calling competition, and a Parade.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Alicia "Blue Eyes" Renee sings on Royal St.
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Friday, January 3, 2020

346. Dan Mabry, part 1

346. Part 1 of our interview with Dan Mabry. About a year ago, Dan started his own podcast in our hometown of Ruston, the Dan Mabry Project. The Idea behind The Dan Mabry Project is "honest conversation, with interesting people". There are no rules here, everyone is welcome, and everyone has a story to tell. I put out a new episode every week!
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  January 4, 1830 Louisiana State government moved to Donaldsonville from New Orleans. Donaldsonville was designated as the Louisiana capital (1829–1831),[11] as the result of conflict between the increasing number of Anglo-Americans, who deemed New Orleans "too noisy" and wanted to move the capital closer to their centers of population farther north in the state, and French Creoles, who wanted to keep the capital in a historically-French area (Wikipedia).
  2. This week in New Orleans history. January 4, 2006. Hubig's Pie factory reopens post-Katrina.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Twelfth Night
    When: January 6; times of parades vary
    Where: French Quarter, Uptown
    What: The first day of the carnival season, known as Twelfth Night or the Epiphany, will kick off yet again with three parades.
    • Phunny Phorty Phellows will ride the streetcar from Uptown to Canal Street and back starting at 7 p.m.
    • The beloved walking Krewe of Joan of Arc parade will roll in at 7 p.m. from Jax Brewery in the French Quarter, and
    • the Société Des Champs Elysée parade, will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. on N. Rampart Street and Esplanade, going to the CBD. Like last year, it will be following the N. Rampart/St. Claude streetcar route.
  4. Postcards from Louisiana. Stevie 'typewritergypsy' writes me the poem “Midnight Jazz on Royal Street with ET.”
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