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17th Annual Martin…

Feb 28 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Feb 28 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Feb 28 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Ashe Showcase – Bless…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Celebrate with us, as we showcase everything Ashé. Tour the Power… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Documentary ‘Big…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for the documentary film "Big Charity" at the Joy Theater.… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Feb 28 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Freret Street Puliq…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Come and enjoy live music. more

Jefferson Arts…

Feb 28 - Mar 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Feb 28 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Jon Cleary & the…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. more

Lauren Sturm

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
A spirited performer who can be seen regularly in venues of New Orleans, as… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Feb 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Neighborhood Pet…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be… more

New Orleans Celtic…

Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2015
New Orleans Celtic Festival is an annual event dedicated to preserving and… more

New Zealand's - Black…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) presents New Zealand's premier… more

Octavia Art Gallery…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Edward Bear Miller's figurative, gestural, and bold representations of our… more

Pilates in the…

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for Pilates in the Sculpture Garden, among NOMA's outstanding… more

Stage Door Canteen…

Feb 28 - Apr 5, 2015
"Always ... Patsy Cline," a musical play, complete with down-home… more

StoryQuest “Backyard,”

Feb 28 - 28, 2015
Spark imagination, creativity, and a love of reading. Professional authors,… more

17th Annual Martin…

Feb 28 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Speaker gives the Scoop on an Old New Orleans Scandal Sheet May 10 at the Cabildo

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Speaker gives the Scoop on an Old New Orleans Scandal Sheet May 10 at the Cabildo

The Louisiana State Museum is presenting "Scandal! A Brief and Sensational History of The Mascot, the Most Notorious Newspaper of New Orleans in the Gilded Age" by Sally Asher on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Cabildo, Jackson Square.

A professional writer and photographer, Asher holds a master's degree in English from Tulane University where she is also a graduate student in history.

Founded in 1882 by J.S. Bossier, a Civil War veteran who had lost a leg in battle, The Mascot both shocked and delighted readers with its biting satire, sharp gossip, farcical verse and comic illustrations by some of the leading artists of the time.

The Mascot itself was frequently in the news. Stories of crime, scandal and corruption touched off numerous libel suits. Editors and aggrieved citizens also settled scores with clandestine duels or open gunfights. In 1887, for example, a young machinist who was implicated in an affair with his landlady, stormed The Mascot's offices and shot and killed an editor at his desk. At least two other killings were attributed to the newspaper's coverage before it ceased publication in 1896.

Asher's talk will feature readings from The Mascot by Andrew Ward, Veronica Russell and burlesque artist Trixie Minx of Fleur de Tease. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Museum's "Second Thursdays" evening lecture series.