Great Cities of American History: New Orleans

On November 14, 2018 - 07:30 - November 17, 2018 - 16:30

Once again, we invite you to join us in New Orleans. Our program leaders, both of whom have special connections to the Crescent City, have arranged an exciting adventure, certain to thrill even those who’ve visited the area many times before. During our three days and four nights together, we’ll visit sites seldom seen, meet colorful local people, and delve deeply into the history, culture, architecture and cuisine of the most fascinating city in America

After a Wednesday night reception and a program overview, we will tour the city and surrounding area over the next three days. Sites we will visit include:

  • the Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the January 8, 1815 Battle of New Orleans, the climactic battle of the War of 1812
  • the Isleno Museum and Village which commemorate Spanish colonists from the Canary Islands who came to Louisiana between 1778 and 1783 to populate Louisiana and halt British colonial expansion west of the Mississippi River. The Canary Islanders called themselves Islenos or Islanders, a tradition that continues to this day.  
  • the French Quarter and downtown areas including a focus on the long-forgotten Battle of Liberty Place (September 14, 1874), between members of the White League and the Metropolitan Police force under the command of James Longstreet. We’ll visit Gallier Hall, the Civil War period city hall; the United States Customs House; the St. Louis Hotel, headquarters of the reconstruction government of Governor Kellogg; and the Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. And, we’ll take a break at the Café Du Monde and enjoy some tasty beignets and café au lait.
  • Metairie Cemetery in which are interred such notables as P. G. T. Beauregard, John Bell Hood, jazzmen Al Hirt and Louis Prima, and Hall of Fame baseball star Mel Ott.
  • Laura Plantation, a restored historic Louisiana Creole plantation on the west bank of the Mississippi River significant for its early 19th-century Créole-style raised big house.
  • the magnificent Evergreen Plantation. With pigeonniers (structures used for housing pigeons), a privy, a kitchen, guesthouse, overseer's house, and 22 slave cabins, Evergreen is unique. It is one of only a few plantations that evoke what major plantations resembled in the antebellum era, and provides an excellent example of the workings of the sugar industry of that period.



During the tour, we’ll feed you VERY WELL with delicious lunches at restaurants that showcase the best in regional cuisine, and at a Friday top-shelf dinner at one of the most fabled restaurants in New Orleans.

Soon we’ll announce our base hotel in the French Quarter or Garden District areas, as well as the daily schedule. We hope you’ll join us in November, 2018 in New Orleans for a program that promises to be educational, friendly and fun!

Dale K. Phillips

DALE K. PHILLIPS is Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (NPS) in Springfield, Illinois. Previously he served as Superintendent at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NPS) in Vincennes, Indiana. He is a veteran tour leader and speaker on Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 themes.

William deMarigny Hyland

Bill Hyland, a native of New Orleans, is a direct descendent of the original French settlers of New Orleans. He is historian of St. Bernard Parish and an expert on the history of New Orleans.

TOUR REGISTRATION FEE (Lodging NOT included)- $595       

  (If You Must Cancel we will refund 100% of your fees.)

What is Included in Your Registration:

  • The services of expert historians chosen for their knowledge and experience        
  • Three lunches and Friday night dinner
  • Refreshments & snacks during the tours
  • Admissions to sites as described
  • Transportation to all tour locations

Base Location & Lodging: Our base hotel in the French Quarter or Garden District areas will be announced soon.

To Enroll – Call 800-298-1861, or Fax or Mail in the downloadable form found HERE

                                Itinerary and Lodging information to be announced shortly