Nola Files: The First 20 Stories

The Nola Files is preparing stories of the most influential people and places in New Orleans history. To do this history project justice we need to first focus on the people and places that had the widest impact and connected with most of the city. Please look through some of these options and vote for those you think need to be our focus first.

In this survey you will vote on PEOPLE who stories must be told.

 

The First 20 Stories

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Interview with editor of N.O Lit: 200 years of New Orleans Literature

Listen to The Anthology of Louisiana Literature‘s 2-part interview with Dr. Nancy Dixon, editor of one of the necessary books for any New Orleans scholar or armchair historian: N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature. Even if this brilliant woman wasn’t my pal, I’d still be urging you to get a copy. I open it up again and again to read her selections from different authors.

The 560 pages includes a well-curated set of short fiction and plays that reflect the city’s literary history, from Paul Louis LeBlanc de Villeneuve’s 18th-century play The Festival of the Young Corn, or The Heroism of Poucha-Houmma to Fatima Shaik’s 1987 short story “Climbing Monkey Hill.”

Dixon provides informative introductions to each author’s section, placing the works and their creators within the context of the city’s history and the history of its literature, making the anthology both an enjoyable artful artifact and an important academic resource.

Part 1

Part 2

Royal Street dig is underway

I talked for a few seconds to the very approachable team member who informed me that they were focusing on colonial artifacts and will gently place the later ones aside for others to peruse. This team is also doing two other digs presently, one in Treme.

Royal dig2

Their excellent website is found here

The owners of the site, information found on the website:

808-810 Royal St., Square 47, Lot 18525

  • From: Francois Picard To: Francois Balthzar Languille, Jan. 19, 1801 To: Francois Balthzar Languille, Jan. 1, 1808
  • From: Francois Balthzar Languille To: Pierre Maspero, Azelia Maspero, Zuline Maspero, Pierre Maspero, & Pliny L. Maspero; Jan. 3, 1828
  • From: Azelia Maspero & Zuline Maspero To: Pierre Maspero, Nov. 23, 1883
  • From: Pierre Maspero To: Emile B. Angaud, Jan. 2, 1884
  • From: Emile B. Angaud To: Henry Parlongue, Apr. 22, 1897
  • From: Henry Parlongue To: Eliza Redacher Camors Parlongue & Solidelle Lemelle Parlongue, Nov.26, 1907
  • From: Solidelle Lemelle To: Eliza Redacher Camors Parlongue, Dec. 7, 1907
  • From: Eliza Redacher To: Paul Camors, Emma Camors Musso, & Bertha Camors Angaud, Jul. 23, 1917
  • From: Emma Camors, Paul Camors, & Bertha Camors To: Joseph Petrie, Oct. 2, 1917
  • From: Joseph Petrie To: Petrie Realty Company, Inc., Jul. 12, 1927
  • From: Petrie Realty Company, Inc. To: Joseph Petrie, Dec. 2, 1935
  • From: Dorothea Reiser To: Rosa E. Petrie, Myrtle Ruth Petrie, Earl Joseph Petrie, Warren Petrie, Elaine Doris Petrie, & Joseph Petrie; Jul. 20, 1944
  • From: Joseph Petrie To: Rosa E. Petrie, Myrtle Ruth Petrie, Earl Joseph Petrie, Warren Adolph Petrie, Elaine Doris Petrie, Apr. 27, 1953
  • From: Myrtle Ruth Petrie To: Earl Joseph Petrie, Warren Adolph Petrie, Elaine Doris Petrie, & Benito Estalotte Johnson, Aug. 1, 1956
  • From: Rosa E. Petrie To: Benito E. Johnson, Aug. 8, 1956
  • From: Benito E. Johnson To: Edna Johnson Kenney, Oct. 1, 1981