FOC Events Calendar

FM_Logos_Downriver2015_v1_smallDownriver Festival

Saturday, September 10th, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Old U.S. Mint, Free and Open to the Public

Downriver Festival is back for its fourth year at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market on September 10th. Once again the partnership between the Louisiana State Museum, Friends of the Cabildo, SlowFoods New Orleans, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, New Orleans Jazz Historical Park, French Market Corporation and the Louisiana Museum Foundation will bring music, food and lectures to New Orleans all free of charge. Sponsors include the Mexican Consulate, Port of New Orleans and Crescent Park. For more information you can contact Amy Kirk Duvoisin, marketing director at French Market Corporation, at 504-636-6370 for more information and details.

INDOOR SYMPOSIUMS: THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT: “Oysters and the Future of our Coast”

Coordinated by Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition

11:30-12:00 p.m. The Port of New Orleans and Gulf Restoration. President and CEO of Port of New Orleans, Gary LaGrange, will discuss the importance of The Port of New Orleans, and why restoration is important for the success of our port.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Oyster Industry History. Sea Grant Scholar Dr. Don Davis, PhD, LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, will give a presentation on the history of oystering in Louisiana.

1:30-2:30 p.m. What Makes a Tasty Oyster? A panel moderated by documentary filmmaker Kevin McCaffrey with Dr. Earl Melancon, PhD, Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences, Nicholls State University and Byron Encalade, oysterman and President of Louisiana Oystermen Association. The topic of discussion will focus on traditional knowledge of oystering, what conditions make for tasty oysters, and the concept of terroir.

2:45-3:45 p.m. Thinking Outside the Shell. A panel moderated by Kevin McCaffrey with Rusty Gaudé, Louisiana State University AgCenter/ Louisiana Sea Grant Program, Deb Abibou, PhD, Habitat Programs Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and Seth Blitch, Director of Coastal and Marine Conservation, TNC (The Nature Conservancy) Louisiana. The conversation will focus on oyster restoration efforts and the future of oysters in Louisiana. Topics will include oyster shell recycling, oyster reef restoration, off bottom aquaculture and oysters in restaurants.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Managing Oysters, Restoration, and Relationships. Andy Wilson, Simon, Peragine, Smith and Redfearn, LLP, and Maura Wood, Senior Program Manager, Coastal Louisiana Restoration, will present on a history of oyster lease lawsuits and what we can learn from those experiences for more effective future restoration.

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS at the Downriver Culinary Stage at the French Market:

Cooking demonstrations from chefs at Café Henri, New Orleans School of Cooking, and J’s Seafood Dock, plus oyster shucking lessons by 2 Girls 1 Shuck are just a few of the presenters at the farmers market between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. While in the French Market farmers market, enjoy several daily vendors who serve up fresh and fried oysters.

National Park Service Centennial Anniversary Stage AT THE OLD U.S. MINT, OUTDOOR, BARRACKS STREET SIDE

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. – Pepe Coloma

1:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fredy Omar con su Banda

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. National Park Service Centennial Band

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bruce Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Honey Island Swamp Band


12 p.m. 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Crescent Park is a 1.4 mile, 20 acre urban linear park that connects our community and visitors to our riverfront. Tours will be conducted by local, licensed tour guide Dave Thomas and will include a history of riverfront commerce, the River’s impact on New Orleans then and now, riverfront changes, and more. Tours are approximately 40 minutes and will begin at the Old U.S. Mint Jazz Park Visitor Center first floor gift shop, 400 Esplanade Avenue. Three tours will be held: 12 noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

FOC Concert Series
Created in 2013, the FOC Concert Series has brought together musicians from New Orleans and across the state of Louisiana to perform and archive their music for the Louisiana State Museum’s Music Collection.
Join us for a unique musical experience at the intimate 150-seat, state of the art Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Hall where you’ll be treated to give diverse performances by some of the best musicians in Louisiana
All shows are Fridays at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 pm.
Single Concert Tickets: Members $20, G.A. $25
Series Tickets (Five Performances): Members $90, G.A. $115


September 16 – Spencer Bohren

November 4 – Deacon John

November 18 – Grayson Capps

January 20 – Kenny Neal

March 10 – Zachary Richard

Five-Show Ticket Package

spencer-bohren-by-brenda-laddSeptember 16 – Spencer Bohren

Deacon_John_MooreNovember 4 – Deacon John

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40_72dpiMarch 10 – Zachary Richard

Irish CIrish Channel Tour

Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: St. Vincent’s Guest House
(1507 Magazine Street)

Most New Orleanians have enjoyed a sloppy roast beef poboy at a legendary Irish bar off Magazine Street, or caught cabbages, potatoes and carrots at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But not everyone has stopped to consider the history of the immigrant populations who lived and worked near the docks along the Mississippi River, their culture and traditions forming the foundation of the area we now know as the Irish Channel. The Friends of the Cabildo’s Irish Channel Tour explores this diverse home of working class immigrants, natives and free people of color. From famous churches to Irish bars, unique architecture, famous historic figures and notable festivals, the Irish Channel Tour reveals the many facets of this neighborhood beloved by locals and visitors alike.

pres-hallNew Orleans Music History Tour

Saturday, September 24th, 10 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Barracks Entrance, across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Experience the storied history of New Orleans music with the FOC’s New Orleans Music History Tour. Begin at the Old U.S. Mint and travel throughout the French Quarter, hear stories and visit locations that have defined the New Orleans music scene for over 100 years. Musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, George Lewis and Danny Barker will be discussed as well as famous music venues such as Preservation Hall and the Palm Court Jazz Club.

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Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Barracks Entrance, across from LA Pizza Kitchen)

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Battle of New Orleans, the FOC has designed a tour that tells the story from points in the French Quarter that surrounded the Battle. From the lost locations of forts that used to protect the city to Jackson’s Headquarters come out and enjoy learning about the Battle that you will not get from the battlefield.

Creole Neighborhoods TourMarigny

Wednesday, September 7 (10 a.m.)

Sundays, August 28 (10:30 a.m.), September 25 (10:30 a.m.)

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Gates)

Faubourg Marigny was one of the City’s earliest suburbs, located immediately downriver from the Vieux Carré on land subdivided from the plantation of Bernard Marigny de Mandeville, one of New Orleans most colorful historical figures. Today, the Marigny is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city-designated historic district, due to its preservation of Creole cottages and many ornamented shotgun dwellings.

Initially, Esplanade Avenue was designated by the French as a commons. In later years, both the French and Spanish built fortifications there. After the Louisiana Purchase, grand townhouses and mansions were built on this European style boulevard.

Lower Garden District TourLower Garden


Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Muses Statue (Prytania and Terpsichore)

Nineteenth century residential life in New Orleans comes alive through the Friends of the Cabildo Lower Garden District Tour! The district’s extensive collection of 1800s residences—primarily side hall, double-galleried homes in the Greek Revival and Italianate styles—will capture your imagination with both the romance and realities of life in these grand homes in the age before modern conveniences. Bounded by the Mississippi River Bridge, the Mississippi River, Jackson Avenue, and St. Charles Avenue, the Lower Garden District was developed as six different faubourgs, and it is known for its many irregularly shaped parks. You will gain a new understanding of the history and culture of the area through a review of its architecture, geography, and famous residents.

CBDFaubourg St. Mary Tour

Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m.

Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: World War II Museum Main Entrance

Walking along the busy concrete sidewalks of the Central Business District today, it is difficult to imagine that the streets now shaded by skyscrapers were originally part of Belair, the plantation of city founder Bienville—part of his 1719 land grant which stretched to the present-day Jefferson Parish line. The Friends of the Cabildo Faubourg St. Mary walking tour reveals the history behind the present day commercial district, from the plantation beginnings through the explosive American growth during the peak years from 1830–1860, to the present day. Marvel at historic buildings on Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue, Julia Street, Lee Circle, and more! This tour provides a historic backdrop for a new appreciation of the American Sector.

FOC Annual Symposium

December 9-10

Cabildo/Old U.S. Mint

Keynote: William C. Davis

Historians have discovered large amounts of information regarding the legal slave trade and New Orleans as the most important slave trading market in the United States during the Antebellum period. However, the illicit slave trade supported by privateers, pirates and businessmen is less understood.

Despite the banning of importing slaves by the federal government in 1808, a huge market for slaves existed in Louisiana and these networks provided access to cheaper slaves and without documentation. Privateer Jean Lafitte and Jim Bowie are just two of the most well-known names associated with this trade network.

This symposium will explore this illicit slaved trade and some of the important figures of this period in American History. The importance of Louisiana and the Gulf South to the Atlantic Slave Trade will also be explored as well.

Tickets: $80 Members/$90 General Admission

Friday Keynote: Cabildo 6:30 p.m., William C. Davis

Saturday Symposium: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. David Head (University of Central Florida), Erin Greenwald (HNOC), Dr. Robert Paquette (Hamilton College), Dr. Kevin Harrell (HNOC)

53cfdbe0515052nd Thursday Lecture Series

September 8 @ 6 p.m.

Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue

Rien Fertel

Imagining the Creole City:
The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

In the early years of the nineteenth century, the burgeoning cultural pride of white Creoles in New Orleans intersected with America’s golden age of print, to explosive effect. Imagining the Creole City reveals the profusion of literary out-put—histories and novels, poetry and plays—that white Creoles used to imagine themselves as a unified community of writers and readers.

Rien Fertel argues that Charles Gayarré’s English-language histories of Louisiana, which emphasized the state’s dual connection to America and to France, provided the foundation of a white Creole print culture predicated on Louisiana’s exceptionalism. The writings of authors like Grace King, Adrien Rouquette, and Alfred Mercier consciously fostered an image of Louisiana as a particular social space, and of themselves as the true inheritors of its history and culture. In turn, the forging of this white Creole identity created a close-knit community of cosmopolitan Creole elites, who reviewed each other’s books, attended the same salons, crusaded against the popular fiction of George Washington Cable, and worked together to preserve the French language in local and state governmental institutions. Together they reimagined the definition of “Creole” and used it as a marker of status and power.

By the end of this group’s era of cultural prominence, Creole exceptionalism had become a cornerstone in the myth of Louisiana in general and of New Orleans in particular. In defining themselves, the authors in the white Creole print community also fashioned a literary identity that resonates even today.

For more information, contact Cody Scallions at or 504.568.2123.

Admission is free and open to the public

Upcoming Lectures

October 13 – Laura Kelley Topic: Native Americans of New Orleans

November 10 – Beach Bum Berry Topic: Tiki Bars of New Orleans

December 8 – Emily Clark Topic: TBA

Free and Open to the Public

For more information, contact Cody Scallions at or 504-568-2123

1850 House Museum Storebayou

New Book

A BAYOU HOME by Nancy Backus Roniger

Lose yourself in the bayous and swamps of South Louisiana and enter a world
of swamp creatures whose leader is an alligator named Swampmaster Bejeaux.

Swampmaster Bejeaux goes on an action-packed adventure and encounters the
Cajun world of fais-do-dos, hunting camps, the loup-garou, and black magic.
Along the way you will meet his swamp friends, several whom save the day for
our alligator.

Retail $19.99, $16.99 with FOC discount of 15%

Nancy Backus Roniger is a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulane University
and a Masters of Arts in English Teaching from the University of New
Orleans. She has been a teacher for many years in the New Orleans area and is author
of The Duchess of Paducah, a young adult novel about her childhood. Nancy
particularly enjoys all things Cajun, which inspired her book about an
alligator. She now lives in Madisonville, La. With her husband, Tim, and
three cats.

FOC members receive a 15% discount on all purchases and we sell the Krewe of Rex Merchandise!

Purchase Museum Tickets using the Book Now button

Yoga at the Cabildo

Designed for all levels of practice, for travelers and residents alike, Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am Cabildo 2nd-Floor Gallery

$12 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $8 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided

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