The Society's Mission
The Algiers Historical Society (AHS) 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 and metro New Orleans, its people and places.
The Algiers Historical Society meets from 10 am to 12 noon, the third (3rd) Saturday of each month, January thru November, unless otherwise noted. There is no meeting in December.
Meetings are held at the 1st floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr., New Orleans Westbank (Algiers), LA 70131 Library Ph: 504-596-2641
At every meeting, free hot coffee and breakfast snacks are provided, courtesy of Mr. Henry Pacheco, owner, Tout de Suite Cafe, 347 Verret St.corner Alix St. in Algiers Point, across from the historic Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church.
We have some exciting presentations coming up, so please share this information with your family members, friends and neighbors.
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!
Kevin Herridge retires as AHS president
Kevin Herridge, past President of the Society and Board member, after due notice to the AHS Board, officially retired December 31, 2014. The AHS Board and membership greatly thank Kevin for his 15 years of unwavering dedication and service to the citizens of Algiers and beyond. Best of luck, to you and your wife, Wendy, in all future endeavors. Please click on the Times Picayune link to read a very interesting article about Kevin and Wendy.
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.
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.
February 28th, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
THIS IS THE FOURTH (4th) 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 ancestral family Did you know there is a Vallette St. in Algiers Point?
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
The Algiers Historical Society Officers
Treasurer............Russ Van Dyke
*If you are interested in becoming Vice President, please click on "Contact Us" and email the Society a brief biography, contact info and "Why you want to be Vice President". Type "VP" in the subject line.