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The Advocate: “200-year-old French Quarter house to get new life as museum building”

Like many buildings in the French Quarter, the fortunes of the house at 520 Royal St. have ebbed and flowed with those of the neighborhood around it, moving between a lavish home for the upper crust and almost a crumbling ruin.

But with the old mansion now owned by the Historic New Orleans Collection and undergoing a $30 million rehabilitation, preservationists hope to see it returned to the height of its historic glory — a place where, in the future, people can walk through a piece of New Orleans’ past…

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WWNO-FM: “Inside The Arts: Gypsy, HNOC Tricentennial Plans, Un-Nature/And…”

This week on Inside the Arts, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane closes its 50th Anniversary season with the musical, Gypsy. New Orleans veteran actress Liz Argus and artistic director Michael McKelvey will join us.

Then, the Historic New Orleans Collection reveals plans for a multi-faceted celebration of the city’s Tricentennial Anniversary. Deputy director Daniel Hammer stops by for a chat.

And, New Orleans artist and WWNO weekend host Cynthia Scott explores the natural world in a new exhibit at The Front Gallery…

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WGNO-TV: “4 big projects the Historic New Orleans Collection has in store for the tricentennial”

NEW ORLEANS — It’s still several months away, but it’s not too early to plan for New Orleans’ 300th anniversary.

The Historic New Orleans Collection announced four of its big projects for the tricentennial celebration in 2018, including two new exhibits, a new campus for the collection and a four-day symposium on the city’s history:

  • Exhibit – “New Orleans, the Founding Era” – This exhibit will open Feb. 27, 2018, and will bring together a vast array of rare artifacts from The Historic New Orleans Collection’s holdings and from institutions across Europe and North America.
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Continue Reading “Historic New Orleans Collection celebrates city’s 300th birthday with art and history”

The Historic New Orleans Collection will celebrate the city’s 300th birthday next year with an exhibit covering New Orleans’ earliest years, a free symposium exploring the city’s diversity and an exhibit of contemporary local art that will inaugurate a massively renovated French Quarter building, said the organization’s executive director, Priscilla Lawrence, on Monday (July 24).

New Orleans’ tricentennial, she said during a news conference, “is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us, and you’d better believe we’re going to take advantage of it.”

The collection will launch its observance of the city’s milestone with “New Orleans, the Founding Era,” which will feature artifacts from the organization’s holdings and from museums in the United States and Europe, “many of which rarely travel outside their home institutions,” said Gregor Trumel, France’s consul general…

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