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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Living History Participants

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It's been a long wait, but in just a few months it'll be time to raise the flag over the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans.

August 31 was the last day to apply to participate as a living history reenactor or as a craft demonstrator, activity leader, speaker, musician, etc., during bicentennial activities at Chalmette Battlefield. If you have questions about the application process or other living history questions, email the park.

Note that no application is needed to attend Chalmette Battlefield and National Park Service bicentennial events, either in period dress or in "non-period" clothes. We look forward to seeing you however you're dressed!

Information about reenactments at the Chalmette Living History Park and other activities planned by the living history community is at the 7th US Infantry Living History Association website. Note that a separate registration is required for those activities.

More useful information and ways to stay in touch with what's happening:

  • The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial webpage contains information for the media, for field trip leaders, and for volunteers other than reenactors. It will be updated regularly with information about activities of interest to the general public. It also has links to other websites so you can find out about special bicentennial exhibits and other activities in the New Orleans area.
  • The Chalmette Battlefield webpage includes information about or links to usual operating hours, what's on the battlefield, current program listings (including Battle of New Orleans University programs between now and the bicentennial), maps, troop rosters, timelines, historical studies, and the National Park Service War of 1812 website, etc.
  • The bicentennial of the War of 1812 webpage has links to websites in the US and Canada and to a public television documentary on the War of 1812.
  • Follow the park on Facebook or Twitter.

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