From Exile to Decadence: An LGBT+ History of the FQ

Members of the gay community in New Orleans helped preserve the history and architecture of the French Quarter in the early 20th century while simultaneously fighting personal battles against discrimination and oppression. In this lecture, author Frank Perez will discuss the evolution and progress of the LGBT+ experience in New Orleans through four of its most compelling pillars: Cafe Lafitte in Exile, the UpStairs Lounge, Gay Carnival, and Southern Decadence. 

A Social History of the French Quarter through Madame John’s Legacy

UPDATE: This lecture is now FULL! If you do not have a reservation there will be standing room only. To be placed on the waitlist for a seat, you may email Thank you all again so much for the interest! One of the oldest buildings in the Vieux Carre, Madame John’s Legacy has been home to the wealthy and the struggling alike. From a Spanish era ship captain to Mayor James Pitot to temporary boarders, the house’s former residents reflect the changing nature of the neighborhood from 1789 to the 20th century. Mr. Magill will explore how their stories illuminate our understanding of how the French Quarter developed and the lifestyles of those who shaped its identity.

The Vieux Carré at 300: Grace King

  Grace King and New Orleans: The Place and the People of Her Roots (and Ours) presented by Dr. Miki Pfeffer   Wednesday| May 30, 2018 5:30 reception | 6 pm presentation Beauregard-Keyes House | 1113 Chartres  Seating is limited RSVP on facebook These events are free and open to the public and will take place monthly on weekdays.  Many thanks to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, their Keep it 300 program, and Union Pacific Railroad for their support of this series. For more opportunities to support our education efforts, please contact or

“Rosebloom and Pure White,” Or So It Seemed 

Join us this Thursday for “Rosebloom and Pure White,” Or So It Seemed, presented by Dr. Mary Niall Mitchell. A discussion of race and slavery in antebellum New Orleans exploring how the circulation of images of local enslaved children influenced national public opinion during the Civil War

Honor Mom This Mother’s Day!

Make this Mother’s Day extra special for your mother by sponsoring the concert in Cabrini Park to honor your mother or her memory.

At Home Season Finale with the Raines Family!

Please join us for the final At Home in the Vieux Carré of this season! We’ve got a gorgeous house, perfect spring weather, a full menu (including homemade brisket!), wine and bubbles, plus a specialty cocktail from our friends and neighbors at Bar Tonique.

How to Save a Neighborhood

Neighborhood leaders Nathan Chapman and Keith Hardie will host a dynamic evening on the nuts and bolts of civic advocacy. March 28th and the Beauregard Keyes House. Many more details to come!

Here are the Freemen Who Claim Their Rights!

Did you know that America’s first sustained civil rights movement started in the Vieux Carré over 150 years ago? Drawing from years of groundbreaking research into L’Union and the New Orleans Tribune, Mark Roudané will feature extracts from the newspapers to shine light on this little-known history of resistance and achievement.

Tricentennial Kickoff TONIGHT!

Join us this Friday, January 12th, at the Old Ursuline Convent as we reveal our lineup of events & programs celebrating the 300th birthday of New Orleans’ first neighborhood!

Riverfront Plaque Dedicated to Schwartz-Gage Honoree

  Comments from 2017 Schwartz-Gage Honoree Bill Borah: Plaque Dedication in Commemoration of the Riverfront Expressway fight September 13, 2017  6pm Speech Given By William E. Borah   I thank all of you for coming out today.  I’m honored and humbled to see you this evening – even my sister Ginger from Charlottesville is here My sincere thanks to the Vieux Carre Property Owners — and to Meg Lousteau, Rick Normand and Ann Masson for this honor and remembrance  –  This is indeed, a memorable moment. And my thanks to Ron Forman and the Audubon Institute for allowing this plaque to be erected. I am deeply honored – but I want to stress the fact that the Riverfront Expressway battle began in 1957 and Dick Baumbach and I did not get involved until 1966.  For years organizations like VCPORA, LA Landmarks Society and other preservationists fought to stop this highway – long before Dick and I were ever on the scene. Although our names on listed on this plaque – it really represents the battle that all of us fought to stop the expressway.  People like Bill Long, the courageous editor of the VC Courier, Mary Morrison, Jake Morrison — the fierce attorney, Ray Boudreaux, Mark Lowry, and, of course, Martha Robinson – to name just a few who battled for years.   It was the full preservation movement that stopped the expressway – and because of it, we are all able to enjoy this riverfront today. Life is indeed strange.  To think that Dick and I, and the preservationists of this city, would be honored today for stopping the...