Exploring New Orleans History with Digital Tools


When the Organization of American Historians convenes in New Orleans this week, participants will no doubt be interested in exploring the city’s rich history. If you’re interested in exploring the city’s past, here are some digital tools to help with that.

Clio, a public history website and app (previously covered on Process here), offers several walking tours of New Orleans. Among them are a short tour of the French Quarter (where the conference will be located), a route through the central business district, a tour of African American history in the city, and a jazz tour.

New Orleans Historical, a collaboration between the University of New Orleans and Tulane University, is a free app and website offering stories, scholarship, and tours about the city. Among the many tours are Animals in the French Quarter, Early 20th-Century Gaming in the Free State of Jefferson, New Orleans Food History, and The Battle of New Orleans.

Check out this digital timeline of New Orleans black workers’ organizing history from the Louisiana slave revolt of 1811 to the 2015 passage of a living wage ordinance.

A Tulane University project called Media Nola focuses on the culture and cultural sites in New Orleans history: landmarks, parks, restaurants, markets, galleries, music stores, and more.

Check out the Historic New Orleans Collection’s virtual exhibit “Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans.” It presents the stories of women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who worked to improve the city.


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  1. Real breakthru invention on a number of fronts: collaboration between private – Tulane – public – UNO, online public history allows deep look at key topics, and great to be also a collaboration with professional organization in my home state 🙂 beautiful creative city, New Orleans, Howard M. Romaine LSU Law 70, sworn in at Tulane that winter and look forward to making my way thru this ‘inew history invention’