History http://wwno.org en Town Of Jean Lafitte Honoring Its Namesake And Community http://wwno.org/post/town-jean-lafitte-honoring-its-namesake-and-community <p>The <a href="http://www.townofjeanlafitte.com/" target="_blank">Town of Jean Lafitte</a> is unveiling an official state historical marker Saturday.</p><p>Local officials are proud of the community named after the smuggler who became a military hero in the war of 1812.</p><p>Say what you will about Jean Lafitte — smuggler, pirate, scoundrel — but his name still draws a crowd. There’s the bar in the French Quarter, and the Jefferson Parish town with his name.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:24:30 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63418 at http://wwno.org Reporting From The Front Line: Angus Lind's Distinguished Journalism Career http://wwno.org/post/reporting-front-line-angus-linds-distinguished-journalism-career <p></p><p><a href="http://blog.nola.com/anguslind/2009/05/thirtynine_years_and_6000_colu.html" target="_blank">Angus Lind’s column in <em>The Times-Picayune&nbsp;</em></a>documented things that he described as, “a little offbeat”:&nbsp; people, places and events that gave New Orleans its local color. But that didn’t come until later in his career. When he got started in the early 1970s as a young man, Angus was a general-assignment reporter who cut his teeth on a series of tragic events within a single calendar year.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Thomas Walsh & Mark Cave 63152 at http://wwno.org Louisiana Gets Its First World Heritage Site http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-gets-its-first-world-heritage-site <p>Louisiana gained its first World Heritage Site on Sunday. The ancient earthworks of Poverty Point, LA were designated by UNESCO as the 22nd world heritage site in the U.S.,&nbsp; alongside landmarks like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.</p><p>It was one of seven sites around the world to be given the designation by the United Nations at a meeting in Qatar. The others are in Botswana, France, Israel, Italy and two locations in Turkey.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:32:29 +0000 Janaya Williams 63108 at http://wwno.org Cityscapes: Richard Campanella On New Orleans' Sauvé's Crevasse Flood Of 1849 http://wwno.org/post/cityscapes-richard-campanella-new-orleans-sauv-s-crevasse-flood-1849 <p>Each month Richard Campanella explores an aspect of New Orleans’ geography. His <a href="http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2014/06/the_worst_new_orleans_flood_--.html">Cityscapes column</a> for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune shines a light on structural, often-overlooked or invisible aspects of the city. This month: a flood in 1849. Up until Katrina it was the largest deluge in the city’s history.</p><p>Campanella&nbsp;says that disaster 165 years ago had something in common with Katrina.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:51:34 +0000 Eve Troeh 62421 at http://wwno.org The Bright Side Of An Economic Disaster: Jeanne Nathan Reflects On The 1984 World's Fair http://wwno.org/post/bright-side-economic-disaster-jeanne-nathan-reflects-1984-worlds-fair <p></p><p>As the Director of Public Relations for the 1984 World's Fair, Jeanne Nathan had her work cut out for her.</p><p>The fair not only had to compete with the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, but it was challenged by an oil crash, political conflict, and bad publicity. It remains <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9Dlo05_nRc" target="_blank">the only World’s Fair to declare bankruptcy</a> during its run. Despite that, Jeanne feels New Orleans learned invaluable lessons in tourism and marketing that are still used today, but will be the first to admit that handling the Fair’s image was a constant uphill battle.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Thomas Walsh & Mark Cave 60925 at http://wwno.org 50 Years Later: The Startling Death Of Former Mayor Chep Morrison http://wwno.org/post/50-years-later-startling-death-former-mayor-chep-morrison <p></p><p><a href="http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org/~nopl/exhibits/gateway/dsm.htm" target="_blank">deLesseps “Chep” Morrison</a> was the mayor of New Orleans from 1946 to 1961. History will remember his administration as a polarizing one: he lured corporations to town, but also upheld segregationist values. He ran for Louisiana governor three times, and lost his final election in the winter of 1964. Months later, he spoke with future Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, who still remembers their final conversation. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Thomas Walsh & Mark Cave 60926 at http://wwno.org Richard Campanella Cityscapes: How New Orleans Got Greek http://wwno.org/post/richard-campanella-cityscapes-how-new-orleans-got-greek <p><a href="http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2014/05/tracing_greek_geography_from_b.html">This month's Cityscapes column </a>in NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune from geographer and author Richard Campanella details the geography of the Greek community in New Orleans. Most city residents would probably first think of Greek Fest, the annual festival held on the grounds of Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church overlooking Bayou St. John. The congregation marks its 150th anniversary this year.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:57:29 +0000 Eve Troeh 60379 at http://wwno.org 'Caddo Connections' sets up research-driven view of Caddo culture http://wwno.org/post/caddo-connections-sets-research-driven-view-caddo-culture The regional archeologist for northwest Louisiana, based at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, is out with a book this month that examines the dynamic cultural landscape of the Caddo people and their complex connections with the greater Native American community in the Southeastern U.S.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/rrr/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/Caddo_Connections_book_cover.jpg" alt="" /><p>Jeffrey Girard is the co-author of “Caddo Connections: Cultural Inte Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 59598 at http://wwno.org Richard Campanella Cityscapes: New Orleans' Tallest, Strangest, Forgotten Building http://wwno.org/post/richard-campanella-cityscapes-new-orleans-tallest-strangest-forgotten-building <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each month geographer Richard </span>Campanella<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shares a few insights from his </span><a href="http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2014/04/new_orleans_history_tallest_st.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Cityscapes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> column, found at Nola.com and the Times-Picayune. Today he describes a building that once defined the New Orleans skyline. It was a shot tower — a factory to produce ammunition.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:02:04 +0000 Eve Troeh 58242 at http://wwno.org Come Celebrate Women's History Month With Innovators In Food http://wwno.org/post/come-celebrate-womens-history-month-innovators-food <p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Poppy Tooker 56760 at http://wwno.org