Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events
2021 Member Lecture Series
We want to thank our membership for their support in 2020 and the best way we can do thank that is to offer talks on topics in 2021 we think would be of interest to you! The lectures will be an hour long and start at 6 p.m. All lectures will be on Zoom and when you sign up below you will receive a link to the zoom the morning of the lecture.
Member Lecture Series Schedule
History of New Orleans Music: Congo Square to Trombone Shorty
Wednesdays | Beginning September 15th (15, 22, 29, Oct. 6) | 4 p.m. | Zoom | 4 Classes | $60, $45 FOC Members
Professor, musician, and tour guide Dr. Charles Chamberlain will host this engaging four-part lecture series on the history of music in New Orleans from the city’s founding to the present. “The Roots of Jazz” introduces the African and European cultural influences and local artists in the 19th century that made the city an international music hot spot. “Birthplace of Jazz” centers on the many great artists and bands that contributed to development of America’s most distinct musical art form in the early 20th Century. “From Rock ‘n’ Roll to Funk” visits the Crescent City’s musical heyday after World War II and the artists that popularized the city’s sounds and dance styles globally through rock ‘n roll, R & B, and funk. “Brass Bands to Hip Hop” covers New Orleans’ continued musical distinctiveness and broad appeal in the era of music festivals and modern dance styles. Lectures will highlight local landmarks relevant to the city’s rich musical history and feature audio samples of great artists and their songs.
Can’t make the class? No Problem! A Zoom link will be provided after the class and participants can watch the class for 30 days after each session.
Neighborhood & Cultural Tours
In order to make all of tours as safe as possible, we require face masks for all guests, and we will utilize the Vox Audio Tour Whisper System in order to maintain social distance. Advance reservations are required and limited to 10 total guests on the tour.
Marigny Part I | Sat. Oct. 2nd | 10 a.m. | Tickets $25/$20
Departure: Esplanade Gates at the Jazz Museum at the Mint
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.
Emphasis is on the portion of the neighborhood referred to as the “Triangle” bounded by Esplanade Ave, Elysian Fields, N.Rampart/St. Claude the river.
Marigny Part II Tour | Sat. Oct. 23rd | 10 a.m. | Tickets $25/$20
Departure: Hotel Peter & Paul
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. Due to its odd shape (following the bend in the Mississippi River), locals often divide the Marigny into the ‘Marigny triangle’ and the ‘Marigny rectangle.’ The rectangle begins at Elysian Fields and runs to the railroad tracks on Press Street, where the Marigny abuts the Bywater district (the ‘Ninth Ward’). Emphasis is on the portion of the neighborhood referred to as the “Rectangle” bounded by Elysian Fields, Press St., St. Claude and the river.
Battle of New Orleans Tours | Oct. 9th & Nov. 13th | Tickets $25/$20
Departure: Esplanade Avenue Gates at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint
The Battle of New Orleans was a defining event in America’s national identity. The Friends of the Cabildo Battle of New Orleans tour offers a fascinating look at the battle away from the battlefield, from lost locations of forts that protected the city, to Jackson’s headquarters, to events in the French Quarter related to the unfolding battle. First developed for the Bicentennial Battle of New Orleans, the tour continues to draw historians, locals, and guests for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.
Lower Garden District Tours | Nov. 5th, 19th, 26th (Fridays), Nov. 11th (Thursday) | Tickets $25/$20
Departure: Muses Statue (Terpsichore & Prytania Streets)
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 1800’s 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, Jackson Ave., and St. Charles Ave., 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.
Second Thursday Lecture Series
Zoom Reservation Only | Use the Link Below to Sign Up
October 14th (6pm): Bulldozed and Betrayed: Louisiana and the Stolen Elections of 1876 with Adam Fairclough
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.
Yoga at the Cabildo (at the Presbytere currently)
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. Currently all classes will be at the Presbytere (751 Chartres Street). The building opposite side of the cathedral from the Cabildo.
8:15 a.m. at the Presbytere
$20 Donation, $10 FOC members
Mats are available at no cost