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On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we pay a return visit to the Historic New Orleans Collection. We talk with oral historian and senior curator, Mark Cave, about the new exhibit, “Crescent City Sport – Stories of Courage and Change.” This special new presentation tells the story of broader social issues through the local history of sports from the post-Civil War era through today.

Pictured above from left – Mark Cave of the Historic New Orleans Collection and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show with the Saints’ Lombardi Trophy from the 2010 Super Bowl victory.

NOLADrinks Show – 12-16-19 – Crescent City Sport – Stories of Courage and Change

We start things off letting you know this is our last show of 2019 and that we’ll back with some great new stuff in 2020! We also talk, briefly, about all the holiday pop-ups around the bar scene including a note on how you can purchase the funky Tiki glassware from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s “Sippin’ Santa” with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.

Next up, we head over to the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) for our featured interview. We chat with Mark Cave, oral historian and senior curator, about the new “Crescent City Sport – Stories of Courage and Change” exhibit.

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During the conversation, Mark lets us know about the exhibit and how it tells twenty stories across about a dozen different sports. Of course, it presents the games themselves, but also uses them to tell stories of social issues including racial inclusivity, gender equality, economics, and politics.

We highlight a few of the stories and discuss the issues they represent starting with rowing in post-Civil War New Orleans all the way up to the New Orleans and the construction of the Superdome. It’s a fascinating chat the reflects and highlights much of the history of the city and certainly shares relevance with sports in other parts of the country and the world.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show and Mark Cave of the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Of course, we let you know how you can visit the HNOC and this terrific exhibit. It’s housed in their new showpiece museum space, the Seignouret-Brulatour House, located at 520 Royal St in the French Quarter. Best of all, it’s free to visit and it’s a great place to start a visit to our city or, if you’re local, learn more about where you live.

On “Another Shot with NOLADrinks,” our podcast-only segment, Mark sticks around to talk more about the exhibit and we discuss, among other things, the Superdome in its interesting economic and political story.  

We close things out with our “Parting Shot” wishing you all Happy Holidays and great 2020!

The map below shows the location of HNOC’s Seignouret-Brulatour House. You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias podcast using the player and links at the top of the post.

Happy Holidays, You All!

~ Bryan