New Orleans Public Library Adds Historic Houses to Culture Pass Program
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Public Library welcomes the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses (HGGHH) to the Culture Pass Program, which provides the opportunity for Library cardholders to visit a variety of attractions around the city for free.
The partnership kicks off Friday, Oct. 15, at which time cardholders who live in Orleans Parish and are 18 and older may request passes for the two historic French Quarter homes.
Executive Director and City Librarian Dr. Gabriel Morley said the Library is thrilled to welcome Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses as the newest Culture Pass partner.
“The New Orleans Public Library is committed to providing access to all New Orleanians, and we believe that shouldn’t stop when you leave our buildings. Our Culture Pass Program is a perfect example. Every time we partner with a new museum, attraction, or institution, we are opening one more door to the residents of our city,” Morley said.
Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses are two 19th-century National Historic Landmark properties in the French Quarter. Guided tours of the houses, slave quarters, and courtyards explore daily life of the properties’ inhabitants including enslaved persons of African descent, wealthy New Orleans families, and free people of color. Tour topics and exhibitions also include architecture, open-hearth cooking, women’s history, mourning customs, holiday traditions, and much more.
“Inclusivity is one of our four Values at Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. To us, that means confronting bias, engaging diverse communities, and furthering the inclusion of historically overlooked stories, stakeholders, and audiences,” Tessa Jagger, HGGHH executive director, said. “We are excited to be partnering with the New Orleans Public Library on the Culture Pass program, as it’s a wonderful opportunity to remove the financial barrier for individuals and families.”
To further access, HGGHH is working alongside the New Orleans Public Library’s City Archives & Special Collections to bring their newest exhibit, “Artistry in Iron,” into two Library locations over the next few months. The exhibit is projected to visit East New Orleans Regional Library in December and Nora Nava Library in January.
Culture Passes can be reserved online at culturepass.nolalibrary.org. Culture Passes are also available at the following attractions: Audubon Nature Institute, National WWII Museum, New Canal Lighthouse Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.