Take a Virtual Tour of BKH with Ott
Ott Howell gave tours at the Beauregard-Keyes House for over 27 years as head docent and you can still catch him volunteering every once in a while! In the meantime, enjoy his classic tour of the house. Ott's tour explores the home's history by delving into its architecture, furniture and the lives of former residents, such as General PGT Beauregard and best-selling novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes.
Take a Classic Audio Tour of BKH
Anyone who knew Frances Parkinson Keyes during her years living at Beauregard House, as it was then known, also knew her longtime butler Carroll Fuller. Though he was both her butler and chauffeur, Mr. Fuller's role with Mrs. Keyes could perhaps be even more accurately described as house and personal manager. The first official house director after FPK's death in 1970, Mr. Fuller's tour has informed the version given by generations of tour guides. Parts I and II available at link!
Piccolo Palermo Exhibit - The Film
This film was displayed as part of BK House's exhibit, Piccolo Palermo: The Italian Immigrant Experience and the Beauregard-Keyes House. It features the personal experiences and recollections of three notable local descendants of Sicilian immigrants, including house docent and Giacona descendant, Rosanna Giacona Shepherd, daughter of Aniello Giacona, whose family owned and lived in what is now BK House when he was born in 1910.
A Film about the Life of Mrs. Keyes
BK House produced this short film about the life and significance of author Frances Parkinson Keyes at the request of the Newbury Historical Society in Mrs. Keyes's hometown of Newbury, Vermont, which aimed to raise local awareness about the renowned novelist and historic preservationist. Speakers in the film include retired river steamboat captain Doc Hawley, current BK House staff member Lily Elkins, preservationist John Geiser, and retired docent Ott Howell.
Oral History Interview Series
Parts I, II and III are available for viewing now -
A Sicilian Childhood in the FQ
In this oral history interview, New Orleans native Dr. Robert Cangelosi discusses his childhood in the New Orleans French Quarter in the 1930s and 1940s, during a time when the neighborhood was a primarily Sicilian immigrant neighborhood. In highlighting the people, culture, food and traditions of his childhood, Dr. Cangelosi reminisces about the family-oriented, tight-knit community in which he was raised, and describes his youth as a distinctly New Orleans experience.