All Tours: 48

Lake Catherine & The Rigolets

6 Locations ~ Curated by Charlotte Dover, Virgil Dover, and the University of New Orleans History Department
The Rigolets is an area of New Orleans East that has played a vital part in New Orleans history. Maroon communities developed in the area during the colonial period and forts were later built to protect the city. Most of what made this area…

New Orleans Lakefront

8 Locations ~ Curated by Patrick Stephen
An exploration of some of the historical locations and uses of New Orleans' lakefront, including colonial fortifications, military bases, amusement parks, and the University of New Orleans.

Battle of Liberty Place

4 Locations ~ Curated by Gordon Chadwick
On September 14, 1874, what became known as the Battle of Liberty Place was fought between militant conservative Democrats known as the White League and Federalist forces led by the Municipal Police. As historian Justin Nystrom has written, the…

City Park

12 Locations ~ Curated by Kimberly Jochum, Amanda Knight, and University of New Orleans History Department
This tour unveils the park's history. Only a fraction of City Park's 1300 acres will be accessed. You will walk through the famous dueling grounds, stand beneath a tree whose branches touch the ground, and learn about many interesting…

Newcomb College Broadway Campus

11 Locations ~ Curated by Newcomb College Institute
Explore the present Broadway campus of Newcomb College, the last of three locations that have housed the noted school. Discover its history, characters, and legacy, and understand how it maintains its own identity in the present with its longstanding…

Animals in the French Quarter

4 Locations ~ Curated by Alison Laurence, Sarah Waits, John Lee, and the University of New Orleans History Department
This tour examines the significant ways in which animals have affected the lives of New Orleanians. Within the confines of the French Quarter, rats, mules, mosquitoes, termites, and other critters cohabitate with the human residents.

Bayou St. John

6 Locations ~ Curated by Amanda Knight
Learn about some notable historic sites as you stroll along Bayou St. John.

Audubon Park: Site of the 1884 Cotton Centennial Exposition

9 Locations ~ Curated by Miki Pfeffer and the University of New Orleans History Department
Take an imaginative journey through a nineteenth-century World’s Fair. Only the beauty of the grounds exists today, for expositions were fleeting spectacles. Yet, photographic "ghost" images recall a time when the world’s products, accomplishments,…

"Old Newcomb": The First Two Newcomb College Campuses

13 Locations ~ Curated by Newcomb College Institute
Explore the original DeLord and Camp Street campus, as well as the second campus of Newcomb College, located on Washington Avenue. Uncover the history, characters, and legacy that shaped Newcomb College into what it is today by following its…

Levee Breaches During Katrina

4 Locations ~ Curated by, New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana State Museum, and the University of New Orleans History Department
Both residents and visitors to New Orleans still have the desire to see where the levees failed during Katrina in August 2005. This tour allows one to virtually "visit" three major breach sites and their associated neighborhoods. The sites include…

Bridging Lake Pontchartrain

4 Locations ~ Curated by Graham Cooper & University of New Orleans History Department
The bridging of St. Tammany Parish and Orleans Parishes had been an issue of public interest from before the age of the automobile. Rail and ferry crossings of the lake were already well established by the time automobile bridges were contemplated in…

O-K Rail Line, Kenner to New Orleans

4 Locations ~ Curated by Jeremy Deubler & University of New Orleans History Department
The Orleans-Kenner Traction Company connected downtown New Orleans to Kenner from 1915 to 1930. The only interurban rail line in New Orleans, it helped to spur residential development in rural East Jefferson Parish.

Carrollton Courthouse

9 Locations ~ Curated by Mary Ann Wegmann and Katherine Luck
The Carrollton Court House launched several interesting Louisiana Supreme Court cases that provide insight into Carrollton's history. Some cases included are: the trial of two defendants convicted of murdering a 10-year-old girl; voter…

Joseph Guillaume and Streetcar Integration

3 Locations ~ Curated by Kevin J. Brown
Though the Civil War was over, the practice of segregating New Orleans streetcars by race continued. This tour explores the actions of Joseph Guillaume and others in their efforts to integrate New Orleans streetcars during the Reconstruction Era.

French Quarter Street Food

7 Locations ~ Curated by University of New Orleans
Enjoy a walking food tour through the streets of the French Quarter and make sure to grab a muffaletta or a po-boy, something cool to drink and take a bite into New Orleans history! Some of New Orleans best-known foods originated as working class…

Hollywood South: Film Production and Movie Going in New Orleans

11 Locations ~ Curated by The New Orleans Historical Team
This tour tells the stories of different moments in the formation and evolution of Hollywood South in New Orleans. Sites reveal the important people, films, theaters, and locations from the silent era to the present. New Orleans has become a major…

Lakefront Airport

6 Locations ~ Curated by Teresa Thessen
One of the world's most advanced airports when it opened in the 1930s, Lakefront Airport retains many of its landmark buildings and hangars.

Upstairs Lounge Fire

5 Locations ~ Curated by University of New Orleans History Department
The 1973 arson attack at the Upstairs Lounge killed 32 people and was the largest massacre of LGBTQ individuals in the United States prior to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016. The disgraceful reaction of the media and most New Orleanians…

Jackson Barracks

10 Locations ~ Curated by Louisiana National Guard. Tour by Rhett Breerwood, LANG Historian
Jackson Barracks is a military post which has been a part of the New Orleans landscape since the first half of the 19th century. It has been through the Mexican War, the Civil War and Reconstruction, both World Wars and countless hurricanes and…

Palmer Park

7 Locations ~ Curated by Kevin McQueeny
A tour through the history of Palmer Park, located in the Carrollton neighborhood at the intersection of South Carrollton and Claiborne avenues. This tour exposes many connections to ongoing debates over the use of New Orleans’ public spaces.

Wedell-Williams Airport in Jefferson Parish

6 Locations ~ Curated by Teresa Thessen
James R. Wedell and Harry P. Williams founded the Wedell-Williams Air Service in Patterson, Louisiana, in 1929. The company expanded its transport routes as far as Dallas, Houston, and St. Louis. Wedell's aircraft designs brought the company…

Wedell-Williams Airport in Patterson

5 Locations ~ Curated by Teresa M. Thessen
James R. Wedell and Harry P. Williams established the Wedell-Williams Air Service in Patterson, Louisiana, in 1929. The company expanded its transport routes as far as Dallas, Houston, and St. Louis. Wedell's aircraft designs brought the company…

200 Years of Louisiana Supreme Court History

11 Locations ~ Curated by Mary Ann Wegmann, The Law Library of Louisiana, University of New Orleans History Department; Edited by Jessica Anne Dauterive
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1813, this tour features historic French Quarter sites, notable cases, and justices.

55 in '58: Integrating the University of New Orleans

7 Locations ~ Curated by Becky Retz
This is an immersive tour following the path of the 55 black students who integrated the new Louisiana State University at New Orleans (now the University of New Orleans) campus in 1958, creating the Crescent City's first desegregated school.

Carville: The National Leprosarium

9 Locations ~ Curated by Elizabeth Schexnyder, Curator, National Hansen's Disease Museum
9-stop audio driving tour of the Carville Historic District, site of leprosy (Hansen's disease) quarantine hospital and treatment center from 1894-1999. This hospital-community was designed to be self-sustainable. Quarantine laws dictated the…

The Battle of New Orleans

9 Locations ~ Curated by Mary Ann Wegmann, Louisiana State Museum, and the University of New Orleans History Department; Associate Editor & Media Editor: Jessica Anne Dauterive; military history research assistance: Rhett Breerwood
A tour of French Quarter sites and buildings connected to the Battle of New Orleans through fact as well as legend. This tour was created in January 2015 during the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.

"The place where Terpsichore and Bacchus ruled the hour:" a history of Gallatin Street

4 Locations ~ Curated by Jessica Anne Dauterive, Greg Lambousy, William Jones, Sean Simonson, Ellie Ginsburg
Gallatin Street, the two-block stretch near the Mississippi River now known as French Market Place, was once the center of vice in Antebellum New Orleans. This tour shares some of the stories that gave Gallatin Street its notorious reputation.

Streetcars of New Orleans

8 Locations ~ Curated by Michael Mizell-Nelson, Kevin McQueeney
Streetcars are an iconic image of New Orleans. Although only four streetcar lines still exist—St. Charles, Canal, Rampart, and Riverfront—they remain nostalgic vestiges of the city’s past, immortalized in Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire,…

Urban Slavery and Everyday Resistance

7 Locations ~ Curated by Curated by Kate Mason
Enslaved people were among the first to enter the French colony of New Orleans. Furthermore, they were instrumental to the creation of a successful city, building much of the infrastructure, acting as the first doctors, and cultivating early…

The Birthplace of Jazz: A Walking Tour Through New Orleans' Musical Past

9 Locations ~ Curated by UNO Public History Grad Students, Prof. Charles Chamberlain
New Orleans' claim to be the birthplace of jazz is explored in this walking tour, which focuses on the musical artists and the communities where jazz developed in and around the French Quarter. Starting with the discovery site of the…

Modern Civil Rights in New Orleans

8 Locations ~ Curated by UNO Public History Department and Dr. Chamberlain
This tour focuses on New Orleans's role in the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. As one of the South's largest and most important cities, one with an African American protest tradition spanning generations, New Orleans…

Paper Monuments Project

44 Locations ~ Curated by PAPERMONUMENTS.ORG
Paper Monuments is a project designed to elevate the voices of the people of New Orleans in the process of creating new symbols for our city that represent all of our people. During the process, you'll see posters and flyers across New Orleans…

The City Beneath the City: Archaeology of New Orleans

13 Locations ~ Curated by University of New Orleans, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
This tour includes information about archaeological sites already investigated in Orleans Parish. Some of these sites are now destroyed. Others are no longer accessible or have considerable untapped research potential. Most are on private property…

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: A Great American Main Street

8 Locations ~ Curated by Jennie Garcia, Dr. Michelle Thompson, with Adriana Bennett
Dryades Street, now known as Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, was historically a thriving commercial center in New Orleans. Creole architect Barthelemy Lafon designed this street as a part of Coliseum Square in 1809. In January 1849, the City of New…

Gordon Plaza: Residents Fight for Fair and Just Relocation

7 Locations ~ Curated by The Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans
In 1981, the city of New Orleans oversaw the construction of Gordon Plaza, an affordable housing development, on the former site of a toxic landfill. Beginning with the landfill's operation in 1909, this tour details the contaminants dumped into…

A Space of Their Own Color: Black Greek Letter Organizations at UNO

6 Locations ~ Curated by August Darbonne
Located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, the University of New Orleans looks very much like a typical college campus. Yet the history behind this university is one of distinction, hostility, and resistance. First opened in 1958 as the…

Scenes from Krazy Kat's 'Infint-hood': The George Herriman Walking Tour

12 Locations ~ Curated by Michael Tisserand
The childhood of famed “Krazy Kat” cartoonist George Herriman might be considered his missing years. For years, facts were elusive — and Herriman didn’t clear things up. The few public statements he made about his youth were in jest. Occasionally he…

The New Orleans Tribune: America’s First Black Daily Newspaper

9 Locations ~ Curated by Mark Charles Roudané
The New Orleans Tribune, or la Tribune de la Nouvelle Orléans, was America’s first black daily newspaper. Created by free black leaders, the Tribune was a formidable political tool that built a courageous campaign for social justice during the Civil…

St. Peter Street Cemetery

4 Locations ~ Curated by D. Ryan Gray
The St. Peter Street Cemetery was one of the city’s first formal burial grounds, eventually occupying the entirety of the city block bounded by N. Rampart, St. Peter, Burgundy, and Toulouse Streets. This tour provides an introduction to St. Peter…

Archaeology of Madame John's Legacy

4 Locations ~ Curated by D. Ryan Gray
Madame John’s Legacy, located at 628-632 Dumaine Street, is often considered one of the best surviving examples of French Colonial architecture in the French Quarter, even though the existing structure was built in 1788 during Spanish colonial rule.…

Meet Me at the Crossroads: The Life and Legend of Marie Laveau

4 Locations ~ Curated by August Darbonne
Marie Laveau is known to many as the Vodou Queen of New Orleans. Vodou is an Afro-syncretic religion, blending elements of West and Central African religion, Native American spirituality, and European Catholicism. In the 18th and 19th centuries, when…

Archaeology of 810 Royal Street

3 Locations ~ Curated by D. Ryan Gray
When an over-200-year-old building at 810 Royal Street collapsed in 2014, University of New Orleans Anthropology professor Ryan Gray and his students gained access to the site to conduct archaeological digs. This tour explores the artifacts found…

Archaeology of the Cabildo

2 Locations ~ Curated by D. Ryan Gray
Today, the Cabildo is a facility of the Louisiana State Museum, but the courtyard of the Cabildo was the location of a city prison complex for nearly two hundred years, across French, Spanish, and American rule. Constructed in 1730, the prison and…