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9:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Remembering JFK 50 Years After Dallas

Graffiti on the fence along the grassy knoll adjacent to JFK's motorcade route.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

As 2013 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some memorable moments. Eileen Fleming shares a visit she made to Dallas for a milestone historic memorial.

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History
9:58 am
Fri December 20, 2013

A Proclamation To The Citizens Of New Orleans (1803)

Proclamation to the People of New Orleans, 12/20/1803.
Credit U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

210 years ago today, Governor William C.C. Claiborne issued this document to the people of New Orleans, announcing the United States' purchase of the Louisiana Territory two months earlier.

The proclamation — in three languages — explains the transition from Spain to France to the United States, and clarifies for the people of the city their new rights, and their responsibilities, as newly-minted Americans.

(h/t @wrightbryan3)

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Features
11:45 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Historic New Orleans Collection Exhibit Examines Occupation Of City During Civil War

Commodore Farragut’s Squadron and Captain Porter’s Mortar Fleet Entering the Mississippi from Harper’s Weekly; May 17, 1862; print; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1978.205
The Historic New Orleans Collection

New Orleans, the largest and most prosperous city in the antebellum Deep South, spent the Civil War in fetters, occupied by Union troops in late April 1862.

The Historic New Orleans Collection's latest exhibit, "Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War", taps the experiences of ordinary men and women — Northerners and Southerners alike — during that time. WWNO's Paul Maassen talked with Mark Cave, The Historic New Orleans Collection's Senior Curator and Oral Historian, and asked him about this unique exhibit.

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Red River Radio
11:11 am
Mon July 15, 2013

History Matters: Islands have unique histories worth exploring

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:42 am

Islands are not just about vacation paradise and escape. As commentator Gary Joiner points out, their discovery and sometimes mere existence have deep historical significance.


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Red River Radio
1:33 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

History Matters: El Camino Real is a complex journey of pushing frontiers

The El Camino Real: From its starting point in Louisiana, this royal road spans the broad expanse of Texas. Commentator Gary Joiner explores its history.


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Red River Radio
8:31 am
Tue June 25, 2013

History Matters: On The Impressive Cover Of Pvt. Lyons Wakeman

Commentator Gary Joiner recounts the remarkable life of a Civil War soldier in Louisiana who kept her gender a secret to the end.


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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Even 300 Years Ago, A 'Frat Boy' Ran Amok In New Orleans

Erin Greenwald spent five years translating and editing her latest book, available in conjunction with an exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
Credit africandiasporaphd.com

In 2004, the Historic New Orleans Collection acquired a remarkable document written by Marc-Antoine Caillot a 21-year-old French adventurer who came to New Orleans almost 300 years ago. This travelogue, one of the most significant finds of its kind, has been translated into English and is now in print as a book.

On Notes from New Orleans Sharon Litwin talks to historian Erin Greenwald about this amazing and amusing documentation of life in French Colonial New Orleans.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Burden Of WWII Responsibilities Kept Secret For More Than 30 Years

A fully operational replica of the Colossus Mark 2 at Bletchley Park in the UK. Machines such as these were used to decode Germany messages in World War II.
Credit Ibonzer/CreativeCommons

Sixty eight years ago this week — May 8, 1945 to be exact — the Second World War ended in Europe with the signing of the official documents in Berlin. But, for one group of British military women, it would be more than 30 years before they were allowed to talk about their secret role in that devastating conflict.

Sharon Litwin had the chance to speak with one of them for this week's Notes from New Orleans; she filed this report from the back patio of a charming, soft-spoken resident of Covington, Louisiana.

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Red River Radio
11:59 am
Tue May 7, 2013

History Matters: A remembrance of V-E Day

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:47 pm

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers the day that the surrender of Germany was announced. May 8, 1945, officially ending the European phase of World War II.


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Tulane University
7:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Major Civil War Collection Now Permanent At Tulane Library

A major collection of Civil War documents is now part of the permanent collection entrusted to Tulane University. The papers include those written by Confederate President Jefferson Davis as well as the diaries of soldiers.


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