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2018 Tricentennial Lecture Series


In 2018, BK House and VCPORA were thrilled to host and co-present, The Vieux Carre at 300: New Perspectives on an Old Neighborhood, a 12-part series of educational lectures and programs highlighting unique aspects of French Quarter history in honor of New Orleans's tricentennial year.


The following programs were presented:


January: This Didn't Happen by Chance: 100 Years of Preservation in the French Quarter with John Stubbs, Director of Preservation Studies at Tulane School of Architecture 


February: “Here Are the Freemen Who Claim Their Rights!” 
with Mark Roudané, great-great grandson of Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, 
founder of the South’s first African-American newspaper and daily


March: How to Save a Neighborhood with Nathan Chapman and Keith Hardie


April: "Rosebloom and Pure White," Or So It Seemed presented by Dr. Mary Niall Mitchell


May: Grace King and New Orleans: The Place and People of Her Roots (And Ours) presented by Dr. Miki Pfeffer


June: Building an Epidemic City: Yellow Fever, Race, and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans presented by Dr. Urmi Engineer Willoughby


July: A Social History of the French Quarter Through Madame John's Legacy presented by John Magill 


August: From Exile to Decadence: An LGBT+ History of the French Quarter presented by Frank Perez, President of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana 


September: River Ramblings presented by historian and longtime river steamboat captain, Clarke "Doc" Hawley 


October: A Fall Fête for the Building Arts! presented with The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, and featuring Jeff Poree, Darryl Reeves and Jonn Hankins 


November: Reflections of Cosimo Matassa: An Italian Perspective of the French Quarter presented by musician and historian Jack Stewart 


December: Transitions: Vestiges of Lost New Orleanian Food Traditions presented by Liz Williams, a founder of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum



The Vieux Carre at 300 was presented with partial support from:














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