The Nola Files

Doing Good - Featuring the great organizations we have had the pleasure to work with, those of us helping New Orleans tackle it's many issues / Curious Tourist - Some common questions about the city we hear from visitors / Interviews - Our chance to talk to interesting follks in hte community / The Index - This is a rolling A-Z of topics that have shaped the city / The Dirt - Our own ramblings, experiences and opinions

Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba - Dirty Coast
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Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba

Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba, was a prominent figure in 19th century New Orleans, known for her remarkable resilience in the face of adversity and her significant contributions to the ...

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Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, held annually in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, is a celebration of the region's bountiful strawberry harvest. Since the 1970s, the festival has grown to become one o...

The IndexOak Trees - Dirty Coast

Oak Trees

These magnificent trees, with their sprawling branches and deep roots, have borne witness to centuries of the city's history, culture, and resilience. In this blog post, we will delve into the sig...

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M is for Muses

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A is for Alligator

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Anders Osborne

He left Sweden at 16 and traveled the world before finding his home in New Orleans. Anders was a bluesman.

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Super Sunday

Aside from Mardi Gras Day, the most significant day for the Mardi Gras Indians is their Super Sunday. The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council always has their Indian Sunday on the third Sunday ...

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Electric Trolleys

The invention of electric trolleys is credited to Francis Folsom, an engineer from the state of Ohio. In 1866, Folsom created a system of electric carriages that could travel alongside overhead wi...

The Confederate submarine “Pioneer” (James McClintock)

Before the invention of nuclear submarines, submarines operated by steam power and were used mainly by a handful of countries for research purposes. However, during the American Civil War, one man...

The Elevator

The invention of the elevator is attributed to Elisha Graves Otis, a blacksmith from New Orleans. In 1852, he revolutionized the way we transport goods and people around buildings. At the time, hoi...

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Deacon John

Born in New Orleans in 1941, Deacon Johns still performs with his band the Ivories. Named "Deacon" by a fellow band member early on, he did not like the nickname initially as he was worried it woul...

Chris Owens

In a city filled with legendary nightlife, Chris Owens stands alone. For decades, her larger-than-life performances and glamorous style have made her an icon of New Orleans culture. Born in the C...

The Journal

Here we share things we find interesting about New Orleans and the Gulf South, organizations and people that deserve more attention and answer some questions about the area.

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