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Business Update: The Historic New Orleans Collection

NEW ORLEANS – The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) announced Friday afternoon that it will temporarily close as of Saturday, March 14. In light of state and national declarations of emergency, and out of a desire to actively help with containment of the coronavirus, THNOC has taken this step out of civic duty. In addition, all public events for the month of March have been canceled or postponed. This includes the following activities:

All class visits and field trips
Group tours
Master classes, the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, and other events connected with the 2020 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (Click here for details about the festival’s cancellation.)

Details on changes related to events scheduled for the month of April will be forthcoming. For the most up-to-date information, THNOC will communicate any adjustments to its services and offerings on its social media feeds (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and website.

While THNOC’s physical spaces are currently unavailable for exploration, you can stay connected with THNOC online and enjoy historical content across its digital media platforms. Here are some of the ways you can interact with THNOC’s resources from home:

Research your interests and explore our digital holdings on THNOC’s online catalog. Staff will be responding to research queries as they are able.

Read the latest stories from THNOC’s digital publication “First Draft: Stories from The Historic New Orleans Collection.”

Watch previous lectures and performances on THNOC’s YouTube Channel, including this talk from April 2018 on the archaeology research conducted at 520 Royal Street.

Explore some of THNOC’s virtual exhibitions, including “Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans” and “Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade.”

Discover THNOC’s extensive oral history collections. Hear firsthand accounts from those who participated in New Orleans’ civil rights movement, lived in the French Quarter before it was a top tourist destination, came to the city’s aid as first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and more in our diverse oral history collections.

Follow THNOC on social media. Our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds not only provide the latest institutional news during these unusual times, but also feature historical images, trivia, and videos.


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