More than 260 patrons gathered to celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Historic New Orleans Collection at its “Soiree d’Or.”

The Preservation Hall All-Stars performed at the Patron Party that preceeded the gala at the Orpheum Theater. During the Patron Party, Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the stage and praised THNOC for its contributions to the city and described the institution as one of the great repositories of New Orleans history.

THNOC Board President Drew Jardine gave a toast to the institution at the gala. THNOC Executive Director Priscilla Lawrence welcomed guests and gave brief remarks on the past, present and future of THNOC.

The Anniversary Gala Committee consisted of Bonnie Boyd, Chair and THNOC Board Member, along with Jordana Civetti, Mamie Gasperecz, Marshall Hevron, Julie Jardine, Anne Pincus and Tim Trapolin. Throughout the evening, a slideshow of photographs of past and current THNOC board members and staff, major milestones in THNOC’s history and selected programs were displayed on a screen above the stage.

Throughout the gala, music was provided by Joe Lastie Jr. and the Lastie Family Gospel as well as JMO, the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra. Ralph Brennan Catering provided the evening’s menu. A live painting of the event was provided by Heirloom Live Event Painting courtesy of Gambel Communications. The finished work, pained by artist Jared Osterhold, will be added to the holdings of THNOC.


What: “Soiree d’Or,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection
When: Wednesday, May 4
Where: The Orpheum Theater