The Society's Mission
The Algiers Historical Society was formed in October 1999 by Kevin HERRIDGE, Judi ROBERTSON and a handful of like-minded people to promote the history of Algiers - and occasionally McDonoghville, Freetown and Gretna. The Society is also dedicated to informing Algiers’ natives and newcomers through "The Algerine," our 24-page quarterly newsletter as well as monthly speakers on the history of Algiers, its people and places.
General Meetings - NEW LOCATION!
The Algiers Historical Society will meet at 10am to 12 noon at the 1st floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr., New Orleans (Algiers), LA 70131 Library Ph: 504-596-2641
Please note that this is a new location for the monthly meetings, held the third Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. We have some exciting presentations coming up so please share with members, family, friends & neighbors. Free coffee and snacks kindly supplied by Jill Marshall of the Tout de Suite Coffee Shop at the corner of Verret & Alix Sts.:
Family & Home Histories Wanted
If you are a member of AHS and would care to share your family and/or home history on this site, please contact the webmaster and we will be happy to add it!
Join the Society
If you are interested in your local lineage, history of your home and/or local truth and lore, then please consider joining the Algiers Historical Society. In doing so, you will begin to amass the tools you will need to research your family home and ancestors. By joining, you will receive word of monthly* meetings along with the quarterly newsletter, "The Algerine".
The Society's membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. Subscriptions are due each year on January 1st. If you should join towards the end of a year you will receive the back issues of "The Algerine" for that year unless you stipulate you wish to join for the forthcoming year.
The Algiers Historical Society Board
Frank WAGNER, George HUBBEL, Treasurer Russ VAN DYKE, Amy HUBBELL, President Kevin HERRIDGE
January 17th, 2015 - 10 a.m. - noon
NEW ORLEANS HURRICANES FROM THE START; NEW BOOK EXPLORES THE MAJOR STORMS SINCE 1718
Nicholas Meis, co-author of a new book titled "New Orleans Hurricanes From The Start", will discuss and sign copies of this most interesting book.
While hurricanes of various sizes and strengths have impacted the Crescent City since its founding in 1718, there is little record of the magnitude and regularity of these storms.
In this work, authors Nicholas Meis and David Bastian, delve in the wealth of historical documents, journals, newspaper articles and expert analyses to put into context, the storms that have affected Southeast Louisiana.
February 14th, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
THIS IS THE SECOND (2nd) SATURDAY OF THE MONTH.
Joseph DUNN, the director of marketing and public relations for Laura Plantation, will discuss “Evolution of Francophile to Anglophile Identification in Louisiana.” His lecture takes attendees on a linguistic journey of the earliest inhabitants of the Louisiana colony: Native Americans with their Mobilian-Choctaw pidgin, early French and Canadian colonists, and West African slaves. Their unique settlement yielded a dialect found only in Louisiana.
March 21st, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Writer and photographer, Deborah BURST will present her newest book “Louisiana's Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo”. Deborah continues her series of discovery on a trail of history and mystery across Louisiana’s most solemn and revered locales. In her ten-year writing and photography career, she has combined her love for art, history and architecture into a poetic trail of Louisiana’s Sacred Places.
From New Orleans across the back roads of St. Tammany, Pointe Coupee and both East and West Feliciana Parishes, she brings an eccentric collage of cultures and customs to the page. It’s a colorful journey to the cities of the dead, the serenity of country churchyards, and the mesmerizing calling of spirits in a Voodoo ceremony.
April 18th, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Erin GREENWALD, of the WILLIAMS’ Research Center (Historic New Orleans Collection) will discuss the exhibition she is curating, which opens on March 17th and runs through July 18th. The show is called “Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865,” and focuses on New Orleans’ role as the largest slave market in the antebellum South. Check out their site – www.hnoc.org - for more information on exhibits and events.
May 16th, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Connell VALLETTE will give a presentation on his Algiers’ ancestral family.
June 20th, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Sal SERIO, curator of the Italian American Research Center, in Metairie, will speak on his personal family connections, from the former Algiers Naval Station to the Allied D-Day invasion at Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, to both celebrate America’s successful landings on the beaches and to honor his family’s personal sacrifice
Speakers & Volunteers Needed
The Society is always seeking speakers, preferably on Algiers or New Orleans related topics. If you can speak for 20-30 minutes on your life, family, church, music or Algiers experiences, we want you! The Society is also looking for volunteers. Duties will include typing Word documents, collecting information from headstones in churchyards, transcribing interviews, photography, etc. Please contact us if you can help in either area.