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A Louisiana Parlor:…

Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… more

Abita Springs Opry at…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Two bands - Three Hours - Five Saturdays First band plays approx 12 noon to… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Aug 29 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Aug 29 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

COOLinary New Orleans…

Aug 29 - 31, 2015
It is going to be a delicious summer!  During the month of August, enjoy… more

Foundation for…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
The Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade will begin at approximately 5:15PM on… more

Foundation for…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
The Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade will begin at approximately 5:15PM on… more

Foundation for…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
The Katrina 10 Commemorative Parade will begin at approximately… more

Harrah' New Orleans…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Join us for a night of song at LIVE FROM THE WRITERS ROOM Featuring Brett… more

Joy Productions…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Joy Productions and Jonathan Mares Productions present KATRINA: MOTHER-IN-LAW… more

Longue Vue House and…

Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2015
For the 10th Anniversary of the storm, Longue Vue will commemorate the revival… more

Louisiana SPCA’s…

Aug 29 - 31, 2015
In memory of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA is… more

New Orleans Jazz…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Enjoy Live Performance. more

New Orleans Museum…

Aug 29 - 30, 2015
New Orleans Museum Month, now in its second year, is a collaboration between… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Aug 29 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

NOBA Hosts…

Aug 29 - Sep 26, 2015
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) in partnership with Chalmette… more

NOBA's tuition-free…

Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015
Beginning this weekend, the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance, along with other NOBA… more

Pilates in the…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
Join us for Pilates in the Sculpture Garden, among NOMA's outstanding… more

Saturday Farmers…

Aug 29 - Dec 26, 2015
We are excited to announce the Saturday Farmers Market at the French Market!… more

Smoothie King Center…

Aug 29 - 29, 2015
President Bill Clinton,Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Residents, faith… more

A Louisiana Parlor:…

Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… 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.