Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Announce Holiday Events, Pop-Up Shop

NEW ORLEANS – Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses announced special holiday events and new offerings including:



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         The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses will feature holiday decorations through Monday, January 11, 2016. Using period-inspired decorations and classic yuletide materials, the museums interpret the importance of the holiday season and trace its development throughout the 19th century. Guests will be able to get into the spirit in historic fashion with bows, wreaths and greenery.


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Holiday Pop-up Shop


         The Hermann-Grima House Exchange Shop, 818 St. Louis St., will host a Holiday Pop-up Shop featuring favorite local artisans’ wares including Deborah Hanberg's jewelry and tree ornaments by Clay Creations. New gift vendors this year include Lower Ninth-Ward Honey, Flam-bo Candles and Native Nail Polish. Pick up stocking stuffers with great deals on local books such as “Creole Cookery,” “Women Who Cared” and “Along the Banquette.”

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         The Holiday Pop-up Shop will be open through Friday, January 8 2016.


Children’s Camp


         Inspired by the miniature theaters of 19th-century Europe, the Hermann-Grima House will host holiday kids’ camps featuring theater-making, drama, playwriting and more. Little ones aged 6 to 12 will spend a Saturday afternoon learning about theater with some very special historical guests. The camps are Saturday, December 12, and Saturday, December 19.


Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever


         A great holiday gift for history and photography buffs alike, “Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever,” by acclaimed photographer and author Kerri McCaffety, pairs majestic photographs of the Hermann-Grima and Gallier museum properties with captivating historic accounts. McCaffety offers a direct connection to the turbulent times of antebellum New Orleans. Published by Vissi d’Arte Books, the book retails for $45. It is available for sale at bookstores throughout New Orleans and at the Hermann-Grima Exchange Shop.


Hearth Cooking Demonstrations


         The Hermann-Grima House’s signature hearth cooking demonstrations will once again be heating up great meals for the holidays. The outdoor kitchen at the house features all the bells and whistles of the 19th century including a hearth, a baking oven and stew-holes (potager). Witness the unique cooking styles of days gone by as expert culinary volunteers prepare seasonal dishes using traditional techniques of the 19th-century. Dates for upcoming cooking demonstrations: Thursday, December 17, Thursday, January 7 and Thursday, January 21.


Monogramming Workshop


         Join the Historic Houses in the New Year for an Advanced Monogramming Workshop with Nancy Sharon Collins, a renowned expert on social stationery who will teach an advanced workshop on monogramming. Whether working by hand or using software, this class is for people who are looking to refine their monogramming skills as they create a personal, custom, hand-drawn logo. The workshop is $35 and will take place on Saturday, January 9, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Gallier House Museum, 1126 Royal St.



         Built in 1831 by Samuel Hermann, a German-Jewish immigrant who quickly amassed (and lost) his fortune in the commodities market, the Hermann-Grima House, located at 820 Saint Louis St., is one of the most significant residences in New Orleans. Generations of New Orleans’ notable Grima family resided on the property from the 1840s until the 1920s. The Gallier House at 1132 Royal St. was designed and built in 1857 by James Gallier, Jr., one of the most prominent architects of 19th century New Orleans.

         The Woman’s Exchange purchased the Hermann-Grima House in 1924 and acquired the Gallier House in 1996. Their mission is to continue the legacy of the Christian Woman’s Exchange, established in 1881, by restoring and maintaining the houses, and interpreting their contribution to and place in New Orleans. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses are a leading authority on historic preservation, offering educational, entertaining and interactive programming in the world-renowned French Quarter.

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