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Artist Spotlight…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 31 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 31 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Mar 31 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 31 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Voices Not Forgotten…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Apr 1 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Apr 1 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Victory Belles…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Apr 2 - 4, 2015
Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a couple… more

Longvue House and…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Dine at the magnificent estate of Longue Vue House and Gardens while brushing… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… 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.