City Archives & Special Collections

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New Orleans, LA 70112

"Witness to Change: Conversations on Coastal Impacts," Reading and Discussion Series
April-May 2022

"Witness to Change" is a four part reading and discussion program developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities aimed at sparking conversations about the changing environment of our coastal communities. Led by Dr. Robin Vander of Xavier University, this virtual program series offers participants the opportunity to learn more about issues arising from the complex and changing human relationship with water, climate change, hurricanes, flooding, displacement, and community.

Register for this zoom program here

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An Introduction to Genetics for the Genealogist: Understanding Consumer Genetic Testing and Reconciling History with Scientific Data
January 15th, 2022

Dr. Michelle Bell Boissiereof Xavier University discusses basic genetic concepts, providing genealogists with a better understanding of consumer genetic testing such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA (among others). Dr. Boissiere will provide an overview of her family history with a look at the questions raised and answered by adding genetic analysis.

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Rediscovering Oscar James Dunn
July 29th, 2021

Dr. Brian K. Mitchell and New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries present on the life and death of Oscar James Dunn, a revolutionary political leader in Reconstruction-Era New Orleans and the first Black Lieutenant Governor in American history. Dr. Mitchell will discuss his work to return Oscar James Dunn to public awareness, as well as Dunn's accomplishments and legacy. This program will be hosted by the City Archives & Special Collections and New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries, where Dunn's tomb and final resting place is located.

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Holt Cemetery: History and Genealogy
July 10th, 2021

Gaynell Brady, owner and educator at Our Mammy's, will cover the history of Holt Cemetery, discuss research methods, and debunk many of the myths associated with this burial ground in this presentation about her collborative ethnography project with the City of New Orleans Division of Cemeteries.

Watch Holt Cemetery: History and Genealogy

Identifying Your Catholic Ancestors | Fall 2020 Genealogy Series
September 12th, 2020 to October 17th, 2021

The Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans' Kimberly Johnson and Katie Vest, NOCC's Heather Veneziano, and Amanda Fallis of the City Archives & Special Collections at NOPL present a 6-part series about researching your New Orleans Catholic ancestors. These webinars originally aired in September and October of 2020.

Watch Identifying Your Catholic Ancestors Sessions 1-6

Finding Isabelle Ma Belle London Jefferson: A New Orleans Family Matriarch
January 16th 2021

Researcher and historian Gaynell Brady and the City Archives and Special Collections at New Orleans Public Library present a Zoom presentation on African American genealogy, as demonstrated through the story of Isabelle "Ma Belle" London Jefferson.

Watch Finding Isabelle Ma Belle London Jefferson: A New Orleans Family Matriarch

Who Gets to Vote? Library Reading and Discussion Program
March 13th, 2021 to February 2nd, 2021

Who Gets to Vote? is a reading and discussion series developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to engage members of the general public in conversations on the history of voting and efforts to suppress the vote in the United States. Sessions are intended to spark dialogue around issues and themes supported by the texts.

Watch Who Gets To Vote? Sessions 1-4

Home DNA Testing and You: A Cultural Phenomenon
May 6th, 2021

Author Libby Copeland is interviewed by POP Librarian Adrienne Johnson about her book "The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are," and archivist Amanda Fallis follows with a short demonstration of genealogy research databases available with your library card. Library Edition is normally only available in Library locations, but is accessible from anywhere through the end of 2021.

Watch Home DNA Testing and You: A Cultural Phenomenon

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