New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2014: History, Music & WWII Museum (Hour 1)
World Footprints returned to New Orleans for our 7th annual French Quarter Festival 2-hour broadcast. This year we set up at Tableau Restaurant, Dickie Brennan’s newest culinary gem in Jackson Square. The first hour of World Footprints showcase New Orleans international outreach, the arts and history. We introduce a hidden gem, The New Orleans Historic Collection. The Historic Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. This year they are showcasing homegrown stars, The Boswell Sisters, and we are joined by the exhibit’s curator Mark Cave.
We are pleased to introduce the granddaughter of Vet Boswell, Kyla Titus, who joins us to share treasured memories, her new book and her work to keep the memory of The Boswell Sisters alive. We also talk about a special event that the world is sharing this year–the 70th anniversary of the landing at Normandy. The National World War II Museum’s Alan Raphael joins us to talk about how the museum is commemorating this anniversary and the special role that New Orleans played in WWII. We promise you’ll enjoy this first hour and we invite you back to listen to the 2nd hour broadcast where we talk about the history of Voodoo and spotlight the contributions of Africans in New Orleans.