December 10, 2012
By Debbie Doyle
Tickets are still available for several of the AHA tours. If you have already registered for the meeting, you can add a ticket to an existing registration by calling 508-743-0510.
Historians interested in urban history, architecture, and historic preservation shouldn’t miss the tour of the Lower Garden District and the Irish Channel led by Jane S. Brooks, professor of historic preservation at the University of New Orleans, and an expert on preservation in the Crescent City. The Garden District is famous for its Classic Revival, Italianate, and Victorian mansions. This tour takes participants beyond the usual tourist areas to the more working-class lower Garden District. The tour also includes the Irish Channel neighborhood, which was in decline in the 1990s but has since been revitalized by preservationists who have worked hard to maintain the neighborhood’s diversity. The tour offers historians an in-depth exploration of the role preservation played in revitalizing the neighborhoods and a chance to learn how local activists worked to preserve local architecture. Participants will have a chance to meet leaders in the local historic preservation movement. The tour is scheduled for Thursday, January 3, from 1–4 p.m.
There are still many tickets available for two self-guided tours of the National World War II museum on Saturday, January 5, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tours include bus transportation and admission to the museum galleries and the 4D film Beyond All Boundaries; the earlier tour also includes a box lunch. A member of the museum’s A-team of WWII veterans will speak to the group.
Tickets are also available for tours of government archives in the city, the Williams Research Center at the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana History Galleries at the Historic New Orleans Collection, and for a black history tour of St. Louis Cemetery #2.