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'the dislocation of…

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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Apr 25 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Apr 25 - 25, 2017
The Congo Square Preservation Society, in partnership with Ashé, invites… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Apr 25 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Apr 25, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Earth Day

Apr 25 - 25, 2017
Earth Day at the New Orleans Botanical Garden promises to be a great event!… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 25 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 25 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Apr 25 - Oct 1, 2017
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Apr 25 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Senga Nengudi:…

Apr 25 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Apr 25, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
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Tennessee Williams -…

Apr 25 - May 16, 2017
Experience SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a decadent fever dream by Tennessee Williams! … more

The All-Star…

Apr 25 - May 30, 2017
The only Classic Americana show of its kind in New Orleans, each week featuring… more

The Georgian…

Apr 25 - Oct 16, 2017
For more than a century, a King George sat on the British throne. The Georgian… more

Zurich Classic

Apr 25 - 30, 2017
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

Apr 26 - 26, 2017
In conjunction with Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico,… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

Apr 26 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Apr 26 - Dec 6, 2017
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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.