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New Orleans Most Haunted House and the Slave Torture Lalaurie Legend
Article about Madam Lalaurie and the Lalaurie Mansion, the most haunted house in New Orleans, the legend of slave torture legend revealed after a fire in the mansion. It includes the Lalaurie backstory, their escape from New Orleans to Paris, an outraged mob in New Orleans, the debate over the extent and reasons for the abuse, the mysteries,...

Smithsonian Free Museum Day in New Orleans and beyond
Smithsonian Free Museum Day in New Orleans includes a variety of freebie New Orleans Museums, as well as day trip destinations for two nearby plantation homes and museums in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, Mississippi,, and even Alabama.

French Market District
The French Market District features "America's Oldest Public Market".

Top Things to Do in New Orleans City Park
A listing of some of the top things to do and visit in New Orleans City Parking, including fishing, boating, picnics, botanical gardens, amusement park, rides, historic wooden carousel, storyland, playgrounds, wifi cafe, art museum, sculpture garden, golf, frisbee golf, tennis, the city bark dog park, walking/jogging/running paths, forest...

Mardi Gras - Five Fun Facts
Check out these five bits of trivia for New Orleans' biggest party. Did you already know them?

New Orleans Street Names - A History
New Orleans' streets are named for all manner of people, places, and things. Here's a reference guide to New Orleans street names, their origins, and their special meaning for the people of this town.

Cajun vs. Creole
Cajun and Creole music, food, and language share a great deal, particularly through their shared French origins, but they do have their distinctive properties, helping to give New Orleans its rich and varied culture.

Neutral Ground
meaning and history of the term neutral ground (median) in new orleans

Dan Baum's Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
Dan Baum's Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans relates the narratives of New Orleanians from Hurricane Betsy to Hurricane Katrina, and all the life that got lived in between. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about this town.

Things to Do in New Orleans
Things to Do in New Orleans

French Quarter Walking Tour by Friends of the Cabildo
The two-hour tour through the historic French Quarter is led by certified tour guides. The Friends of the Cabildo is a non-profit volunteer group that supports the Cabildo and other Louisiana State Museum institutions and educational programs. Tours start at the 1850 House Museum Store, which is also run by the Friends, on Jackson Square (523 St. Ann) on Tuesday - Sunday at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Reservations are NOT needed. Private tours can also be arranged. Adults $15; Students age 12 - 20 $10; Children 12 and under are free with an adult. All proceeds benefit the work of the Friends.

Amistad Research Center
An incredible resource for scholars of people of color in the Gulf South, the Amistad Research Center is on the Tulane University Campus.

American Italian Renaissance Foundation
The Foundation operates a museum and research library to gather information and memorabilia of Italian heritage.

Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
They're primarily known for buying run-down, historically relevant houses, restoring them, and selling them. But they're also part of Operation Comeback and offer preservation-oriented books and gifts.

Top Parks in New Orleans
A list of the top parks in New Orleans including city park, audubon park, the lakefront and brectal park.

Pictures of the Oldest Cemetery in New Orleans - St. Louis No. 1
Pictures of the oldest cemetery in New Orleans - St. Louis No. 1. The cemetery is on the edge of the French Quarter. It contains the family tombs of many old Creole French families and the graves of many famous and historic people of New Orleans. Many immigrant society tombs are here and there is now a free musicians tomb. This is an extremely...

New Orleans Tour Guide Class at Delgado Community College
New Orleans Tour Guide Class at Delgado Community College

Top 10 Favorite Facts From New Orleans Tour Guide Class
A list of my favorite New Orleans Facts from the Tour Guide Class at Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Lagnaippe
Definition of lagnaippe, a French word and practice popular in New Orleans for a little something extra.

American Girl Dolls of New Orleans
An article about the American Girl doll friends of New Orleans, a pair of best friends from different backgrounds in 19th century New Orleans during a yellow fever epidemic. The characters are featured in six American Girl books and portrayed in American Girl dolls, along with various accessories.

Louisiana 200th Birthday Bicentennial Stuff
Louisiana 200th Birthday Bicentennial Stuff is all around including a music cd, US postal stamp, a film, posters, websites, license plates, guns, and memorabilia. Plus Bicentennial Babies born on the April 30, 2012 birth have special status and a birthday gift.

Sharks at the New Orleans Aquarium for Shark Week or Anytime
Sharks to see at the New Orleans Aquarium during Shark Week or anytime.

Pirate's Alley - New Orleans Street Names - Meaning and History
Meaning and history behind New Orleans street name - Pirates Alley in the French Quarter

The Superdome in New Orleans
All about the Superdome in New Orleans including the graveyard curse legend,notable events, statistics, facts, annual events, history, the lights, Katrina, repairs and renovations, Saints games, festivals, concerts and more

Official Louisiana State Things

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