Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events

Adult History Class: Neighborhoods of New Orleans 

May 15th (5 Straight Wednesdays) | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | NO Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint (May 15 & 29) + Cabildo (May 22, June 5 & 12)

Class Fee : $100 FOC/LMF Members, $125, Non Member

The Friends of the Cabildo Adult History Class “Neighborhoods of New Orleans” will cover the entire city of New Orleans and outlying areas in five two-hour sessions. New Orleans historians Dr. Charles Chamberlain & John Magill and Louisiana State Museum Historians Dr. Karen Leathem & Joyce Miller will breakdown the devolpement of the city by neighboorhood creation. From the first neighborhood the French Quarter to the City of Jefferson to the expansive suburbs such as Metarie and St. Tammany Parish, the class will look at the people and the areas that make New Orleans such a melting pot of culture.

Spring Home & Courtyard Tour

Sunday: May 19th | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | 1850 House Museum Store (523 St. Ann St.)

Tour Tickets : $20 FOC/LMF Members, $25, Non Member

Friends of the Cabildo’s annual Spring & Courtyard Tour will be Sunday, May 19th from 2pm-6pm. Guests will be able to see 4-6 homes and courtyards in the French Quarter and see behind the walls of private homes. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the 1850 House Museum Store the day of the tour. Last tickets are sold at 5 p.m.

Researching Your New Orleans Property Seminar 

Saturday, June 1st | 9:30am-Noon | NO Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint

Seminar Fee : $20 FOC/LMF Members, $25, Non Member

Robert J. Cangelosi Jr., an adjunct lecturer at the Tulane University School of Architecture, will present an in-depth program on historic home research at the Old U.S. Mint at 9:30 a.m.

“If walls could talk, you would know everything about your property: who previously owned it, who slept in it, how old it is, and what secrets it holds.” Cangelosi, 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. This program will explain how these records can be used and where to find them.

Neighborhood & Cultural Tours

Garden District Tour

Saturdays (10am): May 18th & 25th 
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (riverside corner at Prytania St.)

Most residents and visitors alike know of the Garden District as a stunning neighborhood full of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, bounded by Jackson, St. Charles, and Louisiana avenues, and Magazine Street. But do you know who established the Garden District? What part did the NO & Carrollton Railroad play? Why do we always hear tour guides reference “Lafayette” and “Livaudais?” Discover the answers to those questions and more when exploring the Garden District with the Friends of the Cabildo. As we unveil the Garden District’s incredible architecture, and the influence of culture, climate, political events, and famous figures on the area, you will see these grand residences as more than just beautiful houses; they are the enduring statements of mid-nineteenth century Americans in New Orleans.


Faubourg St. Mary Tour (CBD)

Saturdays (10AM): June 8th, July 13th, August 10th
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: Lafayette Square (Henry Clay Statute, Gallier Hall is across the street at 545 St. Charles) 

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.

Second Thursday Lecture Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

June 13 (6PM):  – Derby Gisclair “Olympic Club of New Orleans”

June 11 (6PM):  – Sybil Morial “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment”

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.

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. Due to exhibit construction at the Cabildo all classes will be at the Presbytere (751 Chartres Street). The building opposite side of the cathedral from the Cabildo.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am at the Presbytere

$15 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $10 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided

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