Tours & Offsite Sessions

Tours and offsite sessions are developed for attendees to explore the history and culture of the host city.


8:15 am–10:30 am

(This walking tour includes travel time from the hotel to the hotel)

$65 | Limited to 28 people

Counterrevolution

The tour highlights the contending forces for “reconstructing the South”; the reactionary period of Reconstruction, the overthrow of the Black Reconstruction government in New Orleans on September 14, 1874 by the White League, that seeded the Jim Crow period.


9 am1 pm

(This tour includes travel time from the hotel using public transit, and a lunch tasting, cost included)

$25 | Limited to 40 people


Offsite Session:

Chair: Ashley Rose Young, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Comment: Ken Albala, University of the Pacific

Panelists:
– Liz Williams, Southern Food & Beverage Museum
– Dwynesha Lavigne, Deelightful Roux School of Cooking; Southern Food & Beverage Museum
– Justin Nystrom, Loyola University of new Orleans
– Jessica Barbata Jackson, Colorado State University

Creole Italian: Food History and Culture of New Orleans’ Sicilian Community

Steeped in nostalgia and mythmaking, New Orleans is a city often defined in the American imagination through its Creole food culture. Iconic dishes like gumbo and jambalaya embody the influences of a diverse convergence of Native American, West African, Caribbean, Latin American, and European people and cuisines. What is lesser known to many is the profound impact that Italian immigrants, mainly from Sicily, had on the city and its revered food culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Muffaletta sandwiches, stuffed artichokes, pasta, and red gravy, became some of the mouth-watering hallmarks of their influence.


We will kick off the event with a roundtable discussion highlighting Sicilian immigrants’ complicated sense of identity, place, and community in the Jim Crow South; the key role of food enterprise in their pursuit of economic stability; the tangible influences they had on New Orleans’ Creole food culture; and the meaningful relationships they built with fellow New Orleanians of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds over generations.
The roundtable will take place in the demo kitchen at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and will include a cooking demonstration and tasting (a lunch-sized portion, vegetarian friendly), fully engaging audience members’ senses to reinforce key historical insights.
Following the roundtable and tasting, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a 20-minute guided tour of the museum. The tour will concentrate on New Orleans history, the confluence of influences that made it what it is, with a special emphasis on tangible Sicilian influences and how they were honed by New Orleans into Creole Italian.


10 am2:30 pm

(This guided tour includes travel time from the hotel to the hotel1 hour each way)

$50 | Limited to 40 people

*please note, this tour will repeat on Sunday

Whitney Plantation

The Guided Tour of the Whitney Plantation Museum engages visitors in the history of enslavement and its legacies. Led by a Historic Interpreter, you will explore the lives of over 350 enslaved people who grew indigo, rice, and sugarcane on the plantation. As you wander through historic structures such as the Antioch Baptist Church, plantation house, and original slave quarters, you will see the mark that these individuals left on grounds and in buildings that have stood for nearly 200 years. Memorials dedicated to different groups of enslaved people display quotes collected through the 1920s-1930s by the Federal Writers Project. These quotes detail the lives of formerly enslaved people who were able to record their experience under the institution of slavery, and their narratives highlight the trials and tribulations they underwent. As an operational plantation until the 1970s, newly freed African Americans and their descendants battled the effects of slavery well into the 20th century. We look forward to engaging with you on the grounds of the Whitney Plantation Museum.

Attendees will have 45 minutes of free time to explore the grounds following the tour.


11 am1 pm

Complimentary | Registration required

This is a public event at the Newcomb Archives at the Newcomb Institute at Tulane University

Transportation to and from will be provided.

Documenting Reproductive Rights in New Orleans: The Newcomb Archives in Conversation with Community Organizers

This public event includes an exhibit of reproductive rights, health, and justice materials housed in the Newcomb Archives documenting the history of activism around these issues at Tulane, in New Orleans, and beyond. A panel discussion with a Tulane historian, the head of Newcomb Archives, and New Orleans activists, will explore the implications of this history in the current post-Dobbs moment. Lunch will be provided.


10:30 am2:30 pm

$30 / Complimentary for graduate students | Limited to 30

Time listed from hotel to hotel

This tour repeats on Saturday as a bike tour.

Down by the River Bus Tour

Sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette History Department

A full LBB Down by the River bus tour which covers intersections of the environmental justice movement and local African American history while taking visitors along the levee of the Mississippi River. Participants will be picked up at the hotel in the morning and driven to locations visited on the Saturday bike tour.

8 am1:30 pm

$30 / Complimentary for graduate students | Limited to 20 people

(This includes travel time from the hotel to the hotel 30 minutes each way)

Down by the River Bike Tour

Sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette History Department

A full LBB Down by the River bike tour which covers intersections of the environmental justice movement and local African American history while taking visitors along the levee of the Mississippi River. Participants will be picked up at the hotel in the morning and driven to the start site in the River Parishes. The tour then progresses from there on bikes back to New Orleans on the levee of the Mississippi River. All bikes and helmets are provided by LBB. Attendees should bring water-filled bottles, sunscreen, and hats if used.


Canceled

TEP Center Tour


NEW TIME:
8am – 10 am

(This tour begins in front of Gallery Cayenne across from Jackson Square and ends three blocks from the hotel)

$65 | Limited to 28 people

African Life in the French Quarter

The tour acquaints you with the French, Spanish, and American colonial period; the three (3) forms of resistance; the role of the Catholic Church as a major slave trade and an oppressor of women; the first Black daily newspaper in the United States – the radical New Orleans Tribune, the counterrevolutionary period of Reconstruction; and the struggle to remove the white supremacist monuments today.


2 pm4 pm

(This includes travel time from the hotel to the hotel 15 minutes each way)

$30 | Limited to 28 people

Manila Bayou: Filipino New Orleans Walk

Manila Bayou is an immersive walking tour that explores the history of New Orleans’ Filipino communities. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Filipino sailors built vibrant communities in New Orleans and its hinterlands. In the homes, boarding houses, and streets of New Orleans, they and their descendants navigated complex questions of race, citizenship, and belonging. In this 90 minute walk, we’ll visit several important community landmarks, combining archival research and historical imagination to retell the story of this unique Asian American community.

10 am2:30 pm

(This guided tour includes travel time from the hotel to the hotel1 hour each way)

$50 | Limited to 40 people

Whitney Plantation

The Guided Tour of the Whitney Plantation Museum engages visitors in the history of enslavement and its legacies. Led by a Historic Interpreter, you will explore the lives of over 350 enslaved people who grew indigo, rice, and sugarcane on the plantation. As you wander through historic structures such as the Antioch Baptist Church, plantation house, and original slave quarters, you will see the mark that these individuals left on grounds and in buildings that have stood for nearly 200 years. Memorials dedicated to different groups of enslaved people display quotes collected through the 1920s-1930s by the Federal Writers Project. These quotes detail the lives of formerly enslaved people who were able to record their experience under the institution of slavery, and their narratives highlight the trials and tribulations they underwent. As an operational plantation until the 1970s, newly freed African Americans and their descendants battled the effects of slavery well into the 20th century. We look forward to engaging with you on the grounds of the Whitney Plantation Museum.

Attendees will have 45 minutes of free time to explore the grounds following the tour.

Free or Discount Admission with OAH Conference Badge

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

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New Orleans Jazz Museum

The New Orleans Jazz Museum celebrates the history of jazz, in all its forms, through dynamic interactive exhibits, multi-generational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances.

The Helis Foundation John Scott Center

The Helis Foundation John Scott Center is an interactive gathering space that fosters dialogue and cultivates community. The center presents expansive ideas of heritage and symbolism interpreted through the lens of artist, educator, and humanist John T. Scott’s life, art, and legacy while promoting opportunities that nurture connections, enhance human potential, and drive social change.

Housed in Turners’ Hall, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ historic building in New Orleans’s central business and arts district, the center integrates arts and humanities programming unlike any other space in the Gulf South.

Fifty-one works of art in a 6,000-square-foot gallery space present Scott’s visionary approach to art, culture, and storytelling.

By examining his art, which uplifts historically excluded and marginalized voices, we immerse our local, national, and international audiences in the heritage, culture, and history underlying critical present-day issues from education and the environment to the movement for social justice.

Other Plans

Other Plans, a contemporary art gallery located in the 6th ward, is pleased to present You Can’t Hide the Sun, an exhibition featuring new works by New Orleans’ based artists Ron Bechet and Hannah Chalew, opening Friday, April 12, 2024. Through the intricate charcoal drawings of Ron Bechet and the dynamic sculptures and works on paper by Hannah Chalew, the exhibition brings to life the stark contrasts and paradoxes of living in proximity to both natural splendor and industrial encroachment.

You Can’t Hide the Sun is a testament to the power of art in fostering dialogue and a deeper understanding of our world’s past, present, and future challenges. Other Plans, located at 2201 Dumaine Street, is open to the public Saturday to Sunday, 12 to 5pm or by appointment. Join the gallery and artists for the opening reception of You Can’t Hide the Sun on Friday, April 12, from 5-8pm. Visit www.otherplans.gallery or contact [email protected] for more information.

Discounted Admission

Vue Orleans

Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Tickets will be available to attendees of the OAH Conference on American History at a reduced rate of $14.95, 40% off the general admission price.

Vue Orleans is a new interactive museum located at the foot of Canal Street inside the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel. As guests explore floors 2,33, and 34, they will learn about key figures who have helped shape our great city. They also learn about our world-famous food and cocktails while getting a sample of the Jazz music known around the globe.

After watching a sensational short film narrated by the iconic Irma Thomas, guests will experience a thrilling ride on our state-of-the-art elevators. Once the elevator doors are opened, guests will be amazed as they enter our 360-degree, panoramic, glass enclosed Observatory. This observatory features several AR (Augmented Reality) stations that allow guests to view and interact with several points of interest found throughout New Orleans. We also feature a few short films that touch on the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of New Orleanians, as well as our on-going battle with mother nature via our Levee System.

After they’re done venturing through our first observatory, guests will take one more elevator ride up to the 34th floor where they can kick back in the Vue Cafe and enjoy one of our local themed signature cocktails. And if they are feeling peckish, guests can also get a taste of some New Orleans cuisine provided by one of our local partners. Finally, guests can step outside and take in the best view of the city as they walk around our 360-degree, panoramic, outdoor observation deck.


Local Attractions – admission fees not included

New Orleans Historical

Digital self-guided tours of the city via mobile app for iPhone and Android from iTunes. Featured tours include Writers Blocks: Literary New Orleans, Urban Slavery, A Carceral Tour of New Orleans, Free Women of Color, and History of Jazz. The tours are researched
and written by University of New Orleans and Tulane University graduate and undergraduate students. Check the app as you walk around the city and discover the
history around you.

French Quarter Festival

April 11–14, all day
This is the largest free music festival in the South with a special focus on New Orleans’s music and food. The festival offers various performance stages and more than 90 food and beverage booths set among one of the country’s most historic neighborhoods. Kid’s activities, home tours, and other festivities fill the weekend with fun.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas immerses you in an underwater world. The colors of a Caribbean reef come alive in our walk-through tunnel, while our penguins
and southern sea otter enchant you with their antics.

Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

Experience insect encounters, fun bug animation, and surprises at our immersion theater, a serene Japanese butterfly garden, and much more.

Beauregard-Keyes House

This stately 1826 mansion in the French Quarter contains collections from the Beauregard Family and from noted author Frances Parkinson Keyes. Guided tours on the hour, Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–3:00 pm.

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

This company began in the French Quarter in 1945 when Andrew Bevolo Sr., revolutionized the production of gas lamps. Come visit our location that includes a gas light museum and watch as craftsmen make copper lanterns.

Cajun Encounters Tour

Tour the protected wetlands of the Honey Island Swamp. Our small, custom made flat bottom boats create an up close and personal experience. Hotel pickup is included.

City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Hop on the iconic double-decker buses for a live guided tour of New Orleans. Hop off to visit the most popular attractions from the French Quarter to the Garden District. Buses pick up every 30 minutes.

Civil War Tours of New Orleans

This is Louisiana’s premier guided Civil War tour experience. Public and private tours available.

Drink & Learn

The experiences here are interactive presentations that use famous drinks to tell the rich history of New Orleans. Join drinks historian Elizabeth Pearce as she regales you with tales of rum, rebellion, whiskey, prohibition, and more.

Ghost City Tours

Historically accurate, guided ghost tours of New Orleans’s French Quarter, as well as professionally guided overnight ghost hunts at a 19th-century French Quarter property. Cemetery and specialized tours also offered.

Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses

Built in 1831, Hermann Grima House (820 St. Louis) and Gallier House (1132 Royal), built in 1857, offer tours interpreting the life, style, and history of New Orleanians in the 19th-century. Group tours are also available.

Louisiana State Museum

Showcasing the unique history and traditions of New Orleans, the Louisiana State Museum includes landmark properties the Cabildo, Presbytere, Old U.S. Mint, Madame John’s Legacy, 1850 House.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours

Discover 300 years of history with seasoned, licensed, professional tour guides who offer walking excursions daily.
Specialties include French Quarter and cemetery tours, as
well as ghost tours.

Press Street Gardens

An urban farm and outdoor learning laboratory funded by The NOCCA Institute, the Press Street Gardens is a nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for
Creative Arts.

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means
today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.