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New Orleans Turns 300


New Orleans is one of the most historic and diverse cities in the U.S. It has been under the rule of France, Spain, and the United States and has taken in people immigrating voluntarily or forced from the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa among others over the years. New Orleans’ diversity is also displayed through its buildings of different architectural styles and its food. Founded in 1718, New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year.

Throughout these 300 years, the city has been through many challenging times, from outbreaks of the yellow fever to Hurricane Katrina, and has overcome each and every one of these challenges. New Orleans’ Tricentennial is celebrating the city’s resilience and its bright future with exhibitions, performances, lectures, street parades, and parties. Here’s an overview of just a few of the great events taking place to celebrate this special anniversary.

Women of New Orleans: Builders and Rebuilders – ends July 31, 2018
This exhibit includes various events honoring the generations of women in New Orleans who played prominent roles in the city’s history. Some events include an exhibition on the Ursuline presence in New Orleans, performances of women in jazz, an exhibition of the creativity of New Orleans women in the food industry, an exhibit on women in historical health care, academic women integral to Tulane, and much more. Click here for more information.

Salazar: Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans, 1782-1802 – ends September 2, 2018
This exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will tell the story of Josef Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza, whose career in art spanned most of the Spanish administration of New Orleans. The exhibit will examine about 30 of Salazar’s works to give a view of Spanish colonial New Orleans. Click here for more information.

Tricentennial Fête des Fromages
On November 17, 2018 the Gulf Coast Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce will be holding a festival to celebrate cheeses from all around France and America, as well as wines and music. Click here for more information.

300,000 For the Next 300
New Orleans is engaging its residents and visitors to accumulate 300,000 volunteer service hours on 300 projects throughout 2018 improving schools and community buildings and spaces. Those who wish to volunteer can pick from those 300 projects and register online to participate. NOLA Tricentennial estimates that successful completion of this volunteer challenge and the projects chosen will provide a community impact of $7.2 million. Click here for more information.

Are you interested in visiting New Orleans during the 300th anniversary celebration? Call AurTravel at 402-891-6909 today!

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