New Orleans has played a significant role in the propagation of myriad art forms throughout the U.S., including opera, jazz and, one of the more overlooked, 18th- and 19th-century decorative arts traditions from Europe, the Caribbean and the eastern seaboard that influenced not only the customs and tastes of the New Orleans region but of the entire South. Who better to celebrate and educate on this subject than our own Historic New Orleans Collection. The inaugural New Orleans Antiques Forum will be held Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Williams Research Center, located at 410 Chartres St.

Featuring speakers from around the country, the conference will cover a variety of topics. Moderated by Thomas Savage, director of museum affairs for Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Winterthur, Del., there’s even a pre-conference bus trip to regional plantations, some of which are not usually open to the public, on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Featuring speakers from around the country, the conference will cover a variety of topics from historic imported textiles to southern landscape designs. There’s even a pre-conference bus trip to regional plantations on Thursday, Aug. 7, some of which are not usually open to the public.

So, whether you want to learn about how Paris porcelain from 1775-1870 could be a Southern tradition or learn more about the uniqueness of New Orleans architecture, visit www.hnoc.org or call 523-4662 for more information and to register today.

Photographed by cheryl gerber
Photographed at The Historic New Orleans Collection

Many thanks to Burl Salmon, director of development and external affairs and Sarah Ravits for all of their assistance.