Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for the Preservationist on Your Shopping List

You only have two more shopping days left, but don’t panic – we’ve got you covered. There’s nothing quite as enduring as the gift of New Orleans history, and these ideas are sure to keep them smiling!

1) A gift membership to the PRC

A gift membership to the PRC is timeless and ever fabulous. Preservation in Print in their mailbox every month, free admission to Renovators’ Happy Hours, discounted tickets to PRC’s big galas, and supporting an important local cause – what more could your loved ones ask for?! Best of all: You don’t even have to leave your house.

Click here to gift a membership.

2) Cityscapes of New Orleans
by Richard Campanella

Cityscapes of New Orleans, the newest book by beloved local historian Richard Campanella, released this past October, is his 10th book. Comprised of 77 essays, the book expertly explains, in that reader-friendly tone in which Campanella writes so well, New Orleans’ urban development, architecture, sociological realities and other factors that have shaped the city for 300 years. Several of the essays were first published in PRC’s award-winning magazine Preservation in Print; the others debuted on nola.com|The Times-Picayune or in Cultural Vistas magazine. Find it at local vendors The Garden District Book Shop or Octavia Books.

3) Magnificent Obsessions
by Jim Blanchard

Magnificent Obsessions by Jim Blanchard is a beautiful new book full of over 200 stunning historic buildings of this 300-year-old city as rendered by Mr. Blanchard, an incredible artist who works mainly in watercolor. Pick it up at The Garden District Book Shop or Octavia Books.

4) The Incomparable Magazine Street
by John Magill

The Incomparable Magazine Street by John Magill is a loving look at New Orleans’ famed six miles of local shopping, drinking and eating that has thrived through decades, for residents and tourists alike, even as the rest of the nation’s shopping has been taken over by chains and corporations. Find it at Fleurty Girl, The Garden District Book Shop or Octavia Books.


5) New Orleans and the World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology

New Orleans and the World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology is an expertly curated compilation of essays by the city’s leading thinkers about the 300 years of events, people, music, food and architecture that created one of the most unique places on earth. Published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the book also features an essay on the Poydras Street corridor and the city’s oil boom and bust penned by PRC’s interim director, Jack Davis. Find it at the LEH’s shop, or – you guessed it – The Garden District Book Shop or Octavia Books.