Join historian and former THNOC curator John Magill for a look at the history of Christmas shopping on New Orleans's historic Canal Street. From the 1850s through its 20th-century heyday and to the present, Magill will take attendees on a nostalgic trip down the famous thoroughfare. The illustrated presentation will examine variety and department stores-including D. H. Holmes and Maison Blanche-local retailers such as Adler's and Rubenstein's and the holiday decorations that lined the famous shopping corridor. Markets, Santa Claus, elves, the introduction of Christmas trees to the United States and the ever-popular Mr. Bingle will all be discussed.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with THNOC's free exhibition "Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825-1925," which will be open before and after the presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.