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Purchased Lives: New…

May 26 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Irish House…

May 26 - 26, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for a Bluegrass Jam Session. more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 27 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

May 27 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Le Petit Theatre…

May 27 - 31, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

Lecture: “Finding…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the Lecture: "Finding… more

Pub Quiz

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us every Wednesday at the Irish House for Pub Quiz. more

Remembering Jeffrey…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join Carol Bebelle, Ron Bechet, Stella Jones, Margaret Slade Kelly, Martin… more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 27 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Maison Dupuy…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Join us at the Maison Dupuy for Sippin' in the Courtyard. The Maison Dupuy will… more

The Victory Belles…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

May 27 - 27, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 28 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to host ETCHYNPÜFE, a group show… more

Jazz in the Park…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Jazz in the Park returns for eight straight weeks this spring, running from… more

The Irish House…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patrick Cooper. more

Yappy Hour in the…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

The Irish House…

May 29 - 29, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patie O'Sullivan. more

New Orleans Oyster…

May 30 - 31, 2015
You better not eat for days leading up to the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival.… more

NORDC Movies in the…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "Dolphin Tale… more

Saturday Farmers…

May 30 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 26 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION LEVERAGES FUTURISTIC TECHNOLOGY TO HELP PRESERVE THE PAST

Oak Alley Foundation is excited to announce the groundbreaking video kiosk system for the plantation's historic grounds tour. The first video kiosk is now available to our visitors and is the first of its kind in the River Region Area.  This kiosk contains clips and animations about Louisiana and the American Civil War. 

"We have a strong educational mission and strive in our endeavors to provide an experience to our visitors based on this mission," according to the Foundation's Executive Director, Zeb Mayhew, Jr.  "We feel that this added quality to the self guided historic ground's tour will help guests learn the full history of Oak Alley Plantation.  We wanted to create a tool that shares educational information with our visitors, in a way that is both entertaining and engaging," Mayhew continues.

This new touchscreen video kiosk is user friendly and allows visitors to review a list of available topics and then select the video of choice by merely touching the screen. The large viewing screen and powerful audio speakers allow groups of visitors to enjoy a video presentation at the same time.

Oak Alley Plantation hired a former Apple engineer, Gary Dauphin, to assist the Foundation management team in fulfilling their goal to enhance the tour through technology.    Dauphin, hired as the Director of Technology, Education and Media Production, has experience in working on similar projects with the Smithsonian and other museums around the country.

"I worked with the Foundation prior to joining the team and admired how seriously they regard their mission," says Dauphin, "I knew that this project would require a very talented team so my first point of business was to secure the best in the industry and through research, met Mickey Gaidos, an experienced cinematographer, animator, and video editor." The team then secured award winning author and former television news reporter, Leo Honeycutt to narrate the film.

Using historical research provided by the plantation's historian, Vince Yardas, Dauphin and Gaidos created this project which is so much more than just a boring slideshow.  "This is education at its best - engaging and informative in a way that simply delights our visitors," added Dauphin.

Oak Alley Plantation has a long term vision to use technology to help share the plantation's history.  "We are not using technology to replace face-to-face interaction with our visitors, but rather to give added value to their experience," according to Mayhew. Oak Alley has an onsite Civil War historian at the Confederate Headquarter's Tent exhibit and is a prime example of this technology enhancement.  This video kiosk is available even when the Colonel is not able to visit with guests.

Oak Alley Plantation plans to continue it's endeavors in exploring other technologies such as WiFi and smartphone applications. The Foundation will then carefully study feedback from visitors before rolling out a Plantation-wide technological experience to meet its overall educational goals for the visitor's experience.