History, Culture, and Urban Renewal in the Big Easy
Join us for an insider’s tour of the Big Easy as we explore the physical and human geography of New Orleans past and present.
We begin with dinner at the Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Here, Tulane University’s acclaimed cultural geographer Richard Campanella sets the stage for our travels.
The next morning we join Make It Right Foundation Executive Director Tom Darden for a tour of the Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Our story then follows the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to City Park, where we’re applying our expertise as the nation’s leaders in urban park design to an ambitious restoration project.
We journey from New Orleans’s urban core to plantations of a bygone era, heading upriver to visit TPL supporter Kevin Kelly at his lovingly restored mansion, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. En route, learn how we’re creating coastal refuges that protect wildlife while buffering human habitat from storms. We end the day with the southern hospitality of hosts Bill and Susan Hess, joined by Tulane University President Scott Cowen.
Our trip would not be complete without a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar, which transports our small group from our beautiful accommodations in the quiet residential section of the French Quarter to the Garden District. We enjoy a dinner with TPL supporters Scott and Janet Howard while author Julia Reed regales us with tales from her book The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story.
During your free time, you might include an excursion to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art or the powerful National WWII Museum—or break for beignets at the original Café Du Monde.
Dates: April 18-22, 2012