‘New Orleans: The First 300 Years’ To Be Released This Fall

NEW ORLEANS — As New Orleans plans to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, PBS member station WYES-TV and Pelican Publishing Company along with the assistance of The Historic New Orleans Collection will release — this fall — the definitive book of the New Orleans Tricentennial, “New Orleans: The First 300 Years.”

         Twenty-two authors have contributed to 23 topics that explore the city over the last 300 years. The “Past As Prelude,” a publication released in 1968 on the occasion of the city’s 250th anniversary and published by Pelican and Tulane University, inspired the book. Distinguished journalist Hodding Carter was the editor. “Like that book, this publication will cover a range of topics,” says project editor Errol Laborde. “But it will also be visual containing great writing and images.”

         According to WYES President and General Manager Allan Pizzato, "WYES utilizes broadcast television and the internet to take on the role of New Orleans storyteller and provide quality education to our community. This wonderful book is another way of fulfilling our mission in a lasting way.”

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         “We appreciate the opportunity to share images and artifacts from The Historic New Orleans Collection’s holdings in this new work from WYES and Pelican Publishing,” said Priscilla Lawrence, executive director of THNOC. "'New Orleans: The First 300 Years' will be a welcome addition to the literature and documentation of our city’s fascinating past.”

         WYES Senior Producer Peggy Scott Laborde is the book project manager. “We expect,” Errol Laborde added, “that the book will be remembered as an important contribution to the city’s Tricentennial.”

         “Pelican Publishing has a long history of preserving and celebrating the uniqueness of Louisiana through our books,” says Publisher Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton, “As we approach our first centennial it seems fitting that we partner with WYES and The Historic New Orleans Collection to celebrate New Orleans’ Tricentennial.”

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         The book is part of WYES’ New Orleans Tricentennial Project which also includes on-air features, documentaries and award-winning Electronic Field Trips geared to grades five through eight with partners such as The National WWII Museum on the city’s upcoming 300th anniversary.

         The Historic New Orleans Collection and The Meraux Foundation are Cornerstone Sponsors for the WYES New Orleans Tricentennial Project.

         Contributors to “New Orleans: The First 300 Years” include:

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Dr. Lawrence Powell


Themed Chapters (alphabetically):

Architecture: Evolution From A Complex Heritage

Robert Cangelosi, Jr.


Art: Transformations in the Changing Light

John R. Kemp


Black New Orleans: Reversing the Blackout

Raphael Cassimere


Business: The Times: Bad, Good and Amazing

Peter Ricchiuti


Celebrations: Evolution of a Festive Town

Errol Laborde


Characters: Times of Obsession

Angus Lind


Dining: A Sense of Plates

Ian McNulty


Disasters: When Misfortune Blows in the Wind

John Magill


Education: Taking The Lead

Dawn Wilson


Ethnicity: The Coming of Hispanics and Vietnamese

Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur


Flora: Resetting the Clock

R. Stephanie Bruno


Geography and Environment: The Deltaic Metropolis During New Orleans’ Third Century

Richard Campanella


Health: Local Medicine’s Biggest Battle

Brobson Lutz


Literary History—Books: This Storied City

Susan Larson


Music: Rhythm of a City

Connie Zeanah Atkinson


New Orleans: Three Centuries—A Romp Through Time

John R. Kemp


News Media—Bylines and Busy Times

Dominic Massa


Politics: Shifting Power Center

Robert L. Dupont


Second Line Parades: The Right of the People To Assemble (and Dance)

Lolis Eric Elie


Sports: Finishing Strong

Marty Mulé


Street Names—Gathering The Blocks

Sally Asher


Women: Creating A New Culture

Patricia Brady



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