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The Perception, Hope and Vision for the Vieux Carré: Preserving New Orleans’ Future, a speaker series

Because the French Quarter is so central to most peoples’ idea of New Orleans, a better, future New Orleans will require a French Quarter that has been likewise improved. Said another way: whatever you want New Orleans to be in the future, the French Quarter must be perceived in that way by a critical mass. Daniel Hammer, president and CEO of The Historic New Orleans Collection, will address how The Historic New Orleans Collection is working to make it possible for more people to perceive the French Quarter as the historic and cultural core of the New Orleans region, not as an island of certain historical and cultural concepts in a city and region from which it is otherwise disconnected. If the French Quarter could become a district that is widely perceived as being predominantly about engagement with diverse concepts of our city and region’s history and culture, new opportunities would develop to benefit the entire region.

The PRC’s Preserving New Orleans’ Future speaker series showcases innovation and investment to bring insight into opportunities for New Orleans’ future.

About the speaker:

Daniel Hammer became president and CEO of The Historic New Orleans Collection in 2019. He is the organization’s seventh director and the first to have been raised in New Orleans. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the stewardship of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.

Founded in 1966 through the estates of General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Moore Williams, THNOC has helped local residents and visiting tourists better understand the multicultural history of the region through thought-provoking exhibitions; original books, periodicals, and articles; and its public research center. In addition, it offers a robust programming schedule and an extensive array of educational resources for teachers and students of all levels.

THNOC operates three campuses in the heart of the French Quarter. In observance of its founders’ request to make historical resources available to all, admission is free.

Free for PRC members; $10 for non-members.



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September 29
8:30am — 9:30am
Free – $10.00
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Preservation Resource Center
923 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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