Preconference Tour 1: Historical Geography of New Orleans

Wednesday, January 2, 2013: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Preservation Hall, Studio 1 (New Orleans Marriott)

Tour leader: Richard Campanella, Tulane University

This bus tour will offer participants off-the-beaten-track exposure to a wide range of historical and cultural topics interpreted through the prism of greater New Orleans’ physical, urban, and human geography. The trip will comprise rolling narration with several disembarkations, plus lunch (on your own, either Vietnamese or traditional New Orleans fare). The route will cover the full range of the metro area’s historical cityscapes, from eighteenth-century downtown, to the eastern coastal periphery, to the twentieth-century lakefront, to nineteenth-century Uptown. We will visit key sites of the Katrina-induced flood but will otherwise contextualize the 2005 catastrophe within the 300-year-history of the city—this is not a disaster tour. The tour will visit places such as Old Lafayette, River Garden, Marigny, Bywater, the Lombard Plantation House, the Industrial Canal, the Lower Ninth Ward, St. Bernard Parish, the Intracoastal Waterway, Gentilly Ridge, the Seventh Ward, Bayou St. John, Rampart-Faubourg Tremé, St. Charles Avenue, and the Napoleon Avenue Wharf.

Please note: Tour participants should make hotel reservations early, as only a limited number of rooms are available at the discounted meeting rates on Tuesday night.

Limit 25 people. $30 members, $35 nonmembers

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