History

Red River Radio
8:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

'Lost Minden' brings the town's past to life in pictures

A Minden, La., historian has a new book of vintage photographs of his hometown. John A. Agan accumulated photos of Minden’s heritage over several decades. The book is titled “Lost Minden” because the town sustained a number of devastating fires, according to Agan. At the turn of the 20th century, a city ordinance banned wooden structures in its downtown. Agan says his book captures the businesses, town celebrations, storefronts and back streets that otherwise only remain in memories.

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Code Switch
10:58 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The Fascinating Story Of New Orleans' Two Lost Chinatowns

Chinese who operated small shops in New Orleans' Chinatown for many decades learned in 1937 that their small city-within-a-city was doomed to make way for a parking lot. Shown in front of one of the shops on Tulane Avenue between Elk Place and Rampart Street are Big Gee, seated, and Lee Sing, standing.
The Times-Picayune/Landov

New Orleans is known for its enormous Vietnamese population, one of the largest in the country. But we recently came across a story about a now-lost Chinatown in New Orleans — two of them, in fact — and how they came to be. To understand how these hubs came about, and why they disappeared, we have to rewind the clock 150 years, to the end of the Civil War.

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Red River Radio
7:45 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Gary Borders: National WWII Museum in New Orleans keeps history alive

A gray-haired man stands inside the entrance to the U.S. Freedom Pavilion of the National World War II Museum, located on the corner of Magazine Street and Andrews Higgins Boulevard, in the Warehouse District of New Orleans.

The man at the museum is clearly a veteran, judging from the ballcap he wears identifying his military outfit. He is a volunteer here, and I thank him for his service, as I wait for my wife and daughter to join me.

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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

History Matters: O.Winston Link's photographs documented steam locomotion and Louisiana life

O. Winston Link, "Girl Eating Honeycomb, Donaldsonville, LA," 1937. Copyright W. Conway Link.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:56 am

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art features a photography retrospective, “Images of Excellence: The O. Winston Link Centennial,” running through Jan. 31. The photographer's son, Shreveport resident W. Conway Link, helped curate the exhibit. It features more than 50 black and white photographs, including three large bodies of Link's work—his Louisiana series, his commercial photography, and his steam locomotive series. Commentator Gary Joiner explains who was O. Winston Link.

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Community
6:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

National World War II Museum volunteers confront war memories, find solace, every day

Thomas Blakey, a 94-year-old veteran, volunteered at the National World War II Museum every day.
Credit National World War II Museum

Thomas Blakey, the 94-year-old veteran who volunteered at the National World War II Museum for 15 years, passed away at his New Orleans home on Jan. 15.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is many things to many people. For the hundreds of school kids and other visitors who pass through, the museum is where they learn about an incomprehensible scene from world history. And for the World War II veterans who volunteer each day, the museum is where they confront war memories in a variety of different ways.

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Latest News
7:26 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Movie Planned On Battle Of New Orleans

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says a movie is in the works about the Battle of New Orleans.

Atchity Brothers Entertainment will produce the feature film, "Andrew Jackson — Battle of New Orleans."  It’s based on military historian Ron Drez's latest book, "The War of 1812: Conflict And Deception."

The Advocate reports the project is endorsed by the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

Latest News
3:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

French Consul General Says Paris Terror Attack Shows War On Freedom Continues

Consul General Gregor Trumel attends plaque unveiling in honor of French General Jean Humbert's service in the Battle of New Orleans.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The French Consul General of New Orleans took part in a ceremony Thursday marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. The bravery being remembered from the War of 1812 was brought forward into the present-day war on terrorism.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Andrew Jackson Exhibit Gives Perspective On The Battle Of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans; 1856; oil on canvas by Dennis Malone Carter.
Credit The Historic New Orleans Collection

Thursday marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, which influenced the course of American history and propelled Andrew Jackson to the Presidency.

The Historic New Orleans Collection currently has an exhibition on view entitled Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans. WWNO’s Paul Maassen talked to HNOC’s Associate Director for the Williams Research Center, Jason Wiese, about the exhibit, Jackson, and the Battle's anniversary.

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Battle of New Orleans
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Fazendeville, the town razed to make way for the Chalmette National Monument

The sesquecentennial of the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1965, with the remnants of Fazendeville visible in the background.
Credit National Park Service

When Eldgridge Cager was growing up in Fazendeville in the 1950s, he and his friends would look for cannonballs, broken muskets and swords on the other side of the Mississippi River levee — just a few blocks from his house in the all-black community. They’d bring the rusty treasures to “Old Man” Linch, the Park Superintendent of the Chalmette Monument, a tall white obelisk towering over the cow pasture across from Fazendeville.

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Latest News
7:13 am
Fri January 2, 2015

New Evidence Shows Importance Of Battle Of New Orleans

Celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans are on tap for next week.

New historical research is revealing how pivotal the victory was.

A big discovery has come from British records. A researcher recently went to London and found a set of secret orders given to General Edward Pakenham, the commander of the British invasion of the Gulf Coast.

The orders directed him to fight on and capture New Orleans regardless of any peace deal with the Americans.

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