The music of New Orleans and the Gulf South region is world famous, rich in history, and foundational to the area’s culture, traditions, and economy. This “backstage pass” will provide participants with exclusive access to objects and experiences that help tell the stories of our music and musicians. This experience is only available for participants of the Antiques Forum.
Participants will meet at the Williams Research Center (WRC), home to more than a million objects in the holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Our experts will present a carefully curated selection of artifacts of interest to forum attendees including items belonging to the Boswell Sisters, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and new acquisitions from the estate of Chris Owens. Also on view will be the only known photograph of Buddy Bolden, stunning dance cards from long-ago Mardi Gras balls, and antique instruments, including a drum used by four-war veteran Jordan Noble and a clarinet owned by jazz legend Sidney Bechet.
Participants will enjoy refreshments in a private historic courtyard at the WRC (weather permitting) after viewing the objects.