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“The National WWII…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
The French Market welcomes The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles back to… more

Backyard Grooves

Jul 30, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us for live music with Piano Man Lucy Blackledge. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us for live music with BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson & Jonte… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Carousel Gardens…

Jul 30 - 31, 2016
Now is a great time to buy your season pass. The season pass even gets you… more

Double Dose

Jul 30, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

FestiGals

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
FestiGals is the Ultimate New Orleans Girlfriend Getaway that celebrates,… more

Festigals 2016

Jul 30 - 31, 2016
FestiGals will return to the JW Marriott for its sixth women's weekend! more

Jazz Yoga with Susan…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Jazz Yoga with live meditative music by Peter Nu, continues at the Old U.S.… more

Mama's Music

Jul 30, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

MechaCon 2016

Jul 30 - 31, 2016
MechaCon is an annual three day anime convention held during the summer at the… more

National Dance Day…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
This year's National Dance Day Celebration will be held at the New Orleans… more

Photo Exhibition -…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future… more

The House of Groove

Jul 30, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Illusion

Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2016
Strange things happen when you wander into a magician’s cave. Pridamant,… more

The National WWII…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Concert-goers will be treated to a 45 minute concert by the vocal trio The… more

The New Movement…

Jul 30, 2016 - May 23, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for  stand -up comedy show - Go… more

The New Movement…

Jul 30 - Dec 31, 2016
At each Megaphone Show, we invite a special guest/local… more

The New Movement…

Jul 30 - Dec 31, 2016
Chris Trew is joined on stage by two audience members chosen at random who have… more

“The National WWII…

Jul 30 - 30, 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.