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Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 02, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

Mark of the Feminine

Sep 3 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
For the first time, this event is open-to-the-public and attendees will be able… more

White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Jazz in the Park

Sep 4 - Oct 30, 2014
Jazz in the Park returns for nine straight weeks this fall,  with a… more

Open Mic Night at…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Come on down to 125 Bourbon Street and celebrate with good music, food and… more

Special Presentation…

Sep 4 - 4, 2014
Join us for a  Special Presentation - "Challenging Internment"… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… 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.