FOC Events Calendar

Researching Your New Orleans Property Seminar

Saturday, June 18th, 9:30 a.m. (Registration 9:00 a.m.)

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue)

Tickets: $20 FOC/LMF Members, $25 General Admission

Robert J. Cangelosi, an adjunct lecturer at the Tulane University School of Architecture, will present “Researching Your New Orleans Property,” an in-depth program on historic home research.

If walls could talk, you would know everything you wanted to know about your property, like who previously owned it, those who slept in it, how old it is, and what secrets it holds. Cangelosi, president of Koch and Wilson Architects, will outline how to develop the history of your property, using primary sources rather than oral traditions and secondary sources, which often are incorrect. Preparation of a “chain of title,” the essential first step in developing a history, will be discussed. The chain document the ownership of a property, which in theory, can be taken back to the early 1700s, during the French Colonial period. The “chain of title” relates to the property, not the improvements, and rarely will the chain alone indicate when improvements were made. Like history detectives, determining when improvements were done involves research into various records, including census, tax, water, building permits, contracts, city directories, newspapers, and more. Cangelosi’s program will explain how these records can be used and where to find them.

pres-hallNew Orleans Music History Tour

Sundays June 26 (9 a.m.), July 17 (9 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

Sunday, May 29th 10 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.

Treme History TourTreme


Tickets $20 Members/$25 General Admission

Departure Point: Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street)

The Friends of the Cabildo walking tour of Treme provides a rich, detailed perspective on one of the city’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods. Originally know as “back of town,” the old Creole feel of Treme makes it easy to imagine the early 1800s multicultural community formed by immigrants, free people of color and refugees from Saint-Domingue. An important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture, Treme is the cherished home of fourth and fifth generation residents who strive to maintain the area’s cultural and social traditions. We will trace the origin and development of Treme through the amazing nineteenth century architecture (including Creole cottages, townhouses, and shotgun houses), geography, and urban influences dating from the subdivision of this land by Claude Treme in the 1790s to the present day.

South Market District Tour


Departure Point: Rouse’s 701 Baronne (Corner of O’Keefe & Girod)

A booming area of revitalization at the intersection of the Central Business District, Medical District, and the sports/entertainment corridor of downtown, the South Market District is experiencing a renaissance placing it squarely in the up-and-coming areas of the city. But what was the historical significance of South Market before the construction projects? What are the stories behind the buildings being redeveloped as apartments, condominiums, hotels, and restaurants? Join the Friends of the Cabildo as we examine the fascinating mix of adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and new construction in the “Old CBD.” This one-time tour of rapidly transforming South Market will provide a unique snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character. Tickets are extremely limited To purchase tickets click the link or call the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939.

Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans

Wednesdays, Starting May 25th (5 Weeks)

Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Avenue)

FOC Members $175, General Admission $200

Have you ever wondered by why your neighborhood is shaped the way it is or how it got its name?

Friends of the Cabildo is hosting again its Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans. The five session class will breakdown neighborhoods of New Orleans from the French Quarter to Bayou St. John to Carrollton.

Historians John Magill, Karen Leatham, Joyce Miller and Charles Chamberlain will lecture on the historic New Orleans neighborhoods and explore the stories of their founding, culture and residents. Beginning Wednesday, May 25th at 6 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint, the classes will be held for five consecutive Wednesdays. The class has sold out every year so submit your admission online or by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939.

2nd Thursday Lecture Series

June 9th @ 6 p.m.

Old U.S. Mint – 400 Esplanade Avenue

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Free and Open to the Public

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

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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!

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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