The final activity on the Friday of the “New Orleans Antiques Forum, the champagne reception drew 125 guests to The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC)’s Royal Street complex to cap the first full day of sessions for the 2018 forum weekend.

Themed “It Really Works! Utilitarian Objects, Beauty and Facility,” this year’s panel of speakers included: Lydia Blackmore, Sarah Duggan, John H. Lawrence, Priscilla Lawrence and Jack Pruitt of The Historic New Orleans Collection; Leslie Lambour Bouterie, independent researcher and former New Orleanian; Eugene D. Cizek, Tulane School of Architecture (emeritus); Linda Eaton, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware; Philippe Halbert, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University; Ashley Hlebinsky, Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West; Alexandra A. Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Natalie Larson, textile historian and owner, Historic Textile Reproductions; and Tyler Rudd Putman, Museum of the American Revolution. Tom Savage, Director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, returned as the forum’s moderator, a role he has held since the inaugural event in 2008.

The evening’s festivities began with a lavish spread in THNOC’s elegant Counting House portrait gallery. Performing traditional New Orleans jazz were Scott Kyser on keyboard and Robin Sherman on bass. Chez Nous provided Southern-style food with a picnic theme.


Event at a Glance

What: “2018 New Orleans Antiques Forum Champagne Reception,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection
When: Friday, August 3
Where: 533 Royal St. (inside THNOC’s Royal Street complex)


Philanthropic Fun: Charming With Champagne

Matthew Thurlow, Speaker Priscilla Lawrence and Daniel Hammer

Philanthropic Fun: Charming With Champagne

 Chuck and Amy Lapeyre with Speaker Jack Pruitt