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The Vieux Carré:
A Creole Neighborhood in New Orleans--
Supplementary Resources

By looking at The Vieux Carré: A Creole Neighborhood in New Orleans, students examine New Orleans's distinctive French Quarter, a vibrant reflection of its Creole heritage, and recall the city's role in American westward expansion. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve
Vieux Carré and the French Quarter Visitor Center are part of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve, which is a unit of the National Park System. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve was established to preserve significant examples of the rich natural and cultural resources of Louisiana's Mississippi Delta region. Visit the park's web pages to learn more about the park's history and visiting the site.

National Register Travel Itineraries:
This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores 62 historic places in Southeastern Louisiana that illustrate the region's vivid history where Spanish, African-American, French, Anglo-American and other cultures met to produce one of the most interesting stories in the United States. Included on the itinerary is an essay on French Creole Architecture

The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.

Louisiana State Museum
New Orleans' most prominent heritage attraction is the State Museum, a complex of national landmarks housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana's legacy of historic events and cultural diversity. Explore the on-line collections for numerous primary sources related to the history of Louisiana, New Orleans, and the Vieux Carré. The Louisiana State Museum has partnered with the LSU Digital Library to produce a digital collection of 1,500 photographs of Louisiana cities, culture, people, landscape, and waterways. Search the collection for historic images of New Orleans, the French Quarter, and domestic architecture. The on-line Cabildo exhibit has 10 chronological sections that emphasize the people of Louisiana, the many diverse ethnic groups who came here and who collectively comprise Louisianians today. Another helpful on-line exhibit is the map collection highlighting Louisiana and the New World.

Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation:
Louisiana Studies Historic Preservation Supplement

Louisiana was the first state in the nation to produce a statewide architectural heritage education curriculum. Created by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, its goal is to provide the state's children with a sense of appreciation, pride, and stewardship for Louisiana's historic buildings. The material is statewide in scope. It deals with building types found throughout Louisiana as well as those limited to specific areas within the state. Thus, the curriculum has elements which teachers in each city, town, and parish can use. In addition, the materials can be adapted for students of any age and can be used to meet the Department of Education's Social Studies Standards. Of special interest are the links to illustrations of Louisiana's architectural heritage and the glossary of architectural terms.

Library of Congress
Search the American Memory Collection for resources on Vieux Carré, New Orleans, and Louisiana. Most interesting is the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record's (HABS/HAER) documentation on Vieux Carré. There are drawings, photos, and pages of documentation in this collection. Please see the HABS/HAER documentation on the Valery Nichols House to learn more about the Port-Corchere floor plans used in Drawings 2a & 2b.

National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration on-line exhibit, American Originals, features the three separate agreements between the United States and France known as The Louisiana Purchase. The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States, making it one of the largest nations in the world.

African American History
Academic Info: African American History is an annotated directory of Internet resources on black history and culture. Each subject guide is a listing of general Internet sites in the field, as well as a gateway to more advanced research tools. Sources vary from online publications, language and study aids, and reference materials, to databases, archives, virtual libraries, and tutorials.

Boston College: A Digital Archive of American Architecture
This digital archive consists of nearly 1,500 digitized images of different styles of American architecture (280 buildings) plus explanatory material.


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