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LEH Announces Awards for Keep It 300! Grants

LEH’s Keep It 300! grant opportunity provides support to public programs that celebrate New Orleans’ Tricentennial in 2018. The grants are made possible by Union Pacific Railroad. LEH is proud to announce the following recipients:

Friends of the Cabildo

The Stranger’s Disease: A Theatrical Performance at Madame John’s Legacy


Youth programming at the historic French Quarter house museum using an immersive theater performance about the Yellow Fever epidemic in New Orleans.


Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts

A Window to Africa


Youth programming in Congo Square, led by Freddi Williams Evans.


Kira Akerman/Antenna

New Orleans as a Water City


Public screenings of the documentary film Station 15, followed by group discussions to help foster understanding of the coastal and infrastructural challenges facing New Orleans.


Nicholls State University

ACQS Culinary Heritage Roundtable: Francophone Louisiana and its International Relations Symposium


Culinary roundtable event within the larger American Council for Quebecois Studies conference at the Historic New Orleans Collection.


New Orleans Museum of Art

All That Jazz: A Conversation with Alex Rawls, Gwen Thompkins, and Dr. Michael White


A panel discussion on the intersection between Jazzfest, local music/musicians, and second line traditions.


Amistad Research Center

Documenting African American Civic Leadership and Civil Rights in New Orleans


Traveling exhibition about Civil Rights, with openings in locations around the city.


Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame

Golden Crown


Public event to discuss Mardi Gras Indian history, led by Cherice Harrison Nelson.


Louisiana Creole Research Association (LA Creole)

The 527 Marker Project Grand Celebration


Marker placement and symposium to commemorate the founding of the nation’s oldest black-owned newspaper, the New Orleans Tribune, and the South’s first black daily newspaper, L’Union.


Louisiana Historical Association

Plenary Sessions of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association


A free public event at the annual history conference, featuring a conversation between scholars Nick Spitzer and Ned Sublette on 300 years of New Orleans music.


Friends of Beauregard-Keyes House

The Vieux Carré at 300: New Perspectives on an Old Neighborhood


Monthly series of history talks at the historic house museum in the French Quarter.


The projects were evaluated for scholarship, public outreach, and their relevance to the themes and content in New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology, a landmark publication recently produced by LEH, that illuminates the role of the city in major events in U.S. and world history, the economic innovations and cultural expressions birthed in the city that impacted people around the globe, and the succeeding waves of new populations who redefined the city’s shape and society. The publication is the product of a partnership between the LEH, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). Visit to learn more.