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Catholic New Orleans

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The Old Ursuline Convent was — surprise! — a convent. For the Ursuline order of nuns. It was built in 1745 and was an orphanage and school for girls as well as a convent. It’s the oldest building in the … Continue reading

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St. Roch

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Yellow fever killed almost 8000 New Orleanians in 1853.  A local parish priest decided to pray to the patron saint of good health, St. Roch, to save the people of his parish. Miraculously, no one in the parish died. So … Continue reading

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Congo Square

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It was hot and muggy as hell, but I wanted to see St. Roch Chapel. Google maps said that the chapel was a 40 minute walk from Saint Louis Cemetery #1, straight down Rampart Street and up St. Roch Avenue.  … Continue reading

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Faux Laveau

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It was Monday morning and Patricia was off to her conference sessions. I was on my own for the day.  You know how much I like cemeteries and the ones in New Orleans are iconic, so I had made reservations, … Continue reading

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The Room is Spinning: at the Carousel Bar

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“I need a drink,” said Patricia. Her usual plea is “I need food,” but this is New Orleans, so …. It was late afternoon by the time we finished at the New Orleans Mint. We’d done all of the New … Continue reading

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Money, Music & Mumford at the New Orleans Mint

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A Union ship was able to get past lower Mississippi River fortifications and roll up to New Orleans on April 26, 1862.  The day after, Marines from that ship raised a US flag over the New Orleans Mint. A group … Continue reading

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1850 House

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It was long past noon and still raining when we finished at the Presbytere, so we took cover under the awnings of the Lower Pontalba Building as we made our way to Cafe du Monde, on the opposite side of … Continue reading

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