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“The National WWII…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
The French Market welcomes The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles back to… more

29th Annual Fall…

Aug 27 - 28, 2016
This year’s show will feature exhibitors who have the latest products in… more

Abita Springs Opry at…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
The Abita Springs Opry returns to the French Market Farmers Market Every… more

Alliance Française…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Join us for our annual Fall Open House on August 27 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to… more

Backyard Grooves

Aug 27, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

COOLinary New Orleans…

Aug 27 - 31, 2016
It is going to be a delicious summer!  During the month of August, enjoy… more

Didn't Wash Us Away: …

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Join us for the Book Signing and Reception for Didn't Wash Us Away:… more

Double Dose

Aug 27, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

End of the Rainbow…

Aug 27 - Sep 26, 2016
Come join for the exhibition of  End of the Rainbow, which is an extension… more

Entergy Giant Screen…

Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2016
When Dory said "just keep swimming" in 2003's Oscar®-winning film… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Come join us at the Royal Sonesta for Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse featuring… more

Jon Cleary & The…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
The Orpheum Theater will celebrate a full year since re-opening its doors to… more

Louisiana Music…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Come and listen to music by Trouble In The Garden @ Noon Captain Ledge… more

Mama's Music

Aug 27, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Modgun by Robert…

Aug 27 - Dec 18, 2016
The public is invited to tour the newly installed ModGun by Robert Tannen, the… more

Morris Bart Presents…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Mark your calendars! Lil Wayne featuring Collegrove, 2ChainzX,  and… more

New Orleans Museum…

Aug 27 - 31, 2016
New Orleans Museum Month, now in its third year, is a collaboration between… more

Nik Richard - A Dream…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Local New Orleans author, Nik Richard, is having a book release this Saturday… more

Ogden Museum Presents…

Aug 27 - Sep 18, 2016
Join us at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art  for the exhibiition,… more

The House of Groove

Aug 27, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

“The National WWII…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
The French Market welcomes The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles back to… more

Project ReachOUT!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Debra D. Mayhew
Director of Marketing
dmayhew@oakalleyplantation.org

Project ReachOUT!

January 15, 2013

Oak Alley Foundation, in conjunction with Entergy, is pleased to announce the launch of ReachOUT!.  This new project, aimed at ensuring all visitors have a memorable educational Oak Alley experience, will provide video iPads for those guests who are physically challenged, or who for other reasons would miss portions of the mansion's guided tour.

Oak Alley Foundation, the non-profit Trust which preserves and maintains the antebellum mansion and historic grounds, holds education as one of its primary missions.  Striving to meet that mission, it welcomes thousands of visitors per year--yet many have physical challenges which prevent them from the full experience offered at this National Historic Landmark.  

A key component of the Oak Alley experience includes a guided tour of the plantation's mansion, the "Big House".  This tour includes a second floor which, true to its 1800's design, is only accessible by stairwell, thus making it challenging for many guests to participate beyond the first floor.  

"We surveyed our guests, and annually, nearly 2,000 are unable to traverse the stairs to the second floor," according to Zeb Mayhew, Executive Director. "We work hard to provide a great experience for all of our visitors, and we certainly don't want anyone to miss learning more of our fascinating history." 

Previously, those who were unable to climb the stairs would remain on the first floor and read a book on the history of the plantation.  While the book was considered helpful, it did not provide the same experience presented by Oak Alley's trained docents. 

Mayhew also stated that with the grant assistance from Entergy, Gary Dauphin, Director of Technology, Education and Media Production at Oak Alley, designed and executed a video tour of the second floor, working closely with the Foundation's department of Research and Interpretation to ensure a quality and accurate video. This video has been loaded onto multiple iPads, ensuring that even on the most busy days, the video alternative will be available. 

"The iPad is a perfect delivery platform for our guests," according to Dauphin.  "The device is lightweight, durable, has a long battery life, and plays the video beautifully.  And, thanks to the generosity of Entergy, we are able to provide four of these systems to our guests as needed."  

When needed, an iPad is loaned to the guest in a protective case, including a pair of disposable earphones so that each person may set their own volume level.  In keeping with their high standard of providing a personal and educational experience, a Docent will be available to both assist with the technology and answer any questions the guest might have.  The iPads are available beginning today, for the "Big House's" touring guests.