History

Lady in Red?

Winter white wasn’t always a popular choice for wedding dresses

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Portrait of Mama Brocato and two sons at Brocato’s Ice Cream and Confectionary Parlor, 617 Ursulines Ave., French Quarter, New Orleans. Printed in 1984 from a ca. 1960 negative. Photo by Abbye A. Gorin Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans…

When Saturday Night Live Came To Bacchus

Bacchus is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, that’s long enough for the group to have generated some sub-anniversaries including the 40th for an event that happened on February 20, 1977. And the nation was watching. That was the night…

Historical Charm

Tours, tastings and taking in the sites round out a long, fun weekend in Natchez

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Pleasure Resorts West End (1892)   Dear Julia, In the Times-Picayune paper dated July 21,1880, there was an article concerning my great grandfather Ferreole Micholet. It said he was the proprietor of a new hotel called the West End Hotel.…

If Walls Could Talk

One of the most historic, colorful and story-filled sites in New Orleans can be found inside a hotel. Standing in the heart of the French Quarter, for nearly two centuries, is the iconic Orleans Ballroom, which is part of the…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, On the edge of the green space between Pontchartrain Boulevard and West End, facing Veterans in Lakeview is a square brick/cement block that seems to have had a purpose at one time. I see it every…

The Quarter's Katrina Halloween

Three police officers were walking together patrolling the streets of the French Quarter on the afternoon of Halloween 2005. That in itself was not unusual, except that the three were all New York State troopers. As though to not look…

Mysterious Myrtles

On a lush ridge in St. Francisville, only three miles from the Mississippi River, stands what’s been called one of the most haunted houses in America.  Those seeking a thrill during this Halloween season are visiting the house in droves, all…