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 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!
The Algiers Historical Society Officers
Vice President....Nicholas Meis
Treasurer............Russ Van Dyke
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.
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".
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.
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.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Principal Nick DEAN, of the Crescent Leadership Academy, will discuss the academy's recent purchase of the decade-long shuttered, former St. Julian EYMARD property, at the rear of BEHRMAN Park.
Mr. Dean will discuss the significance of the academy's move from the 9th Ward to Algiers and how the reanimation of the St. Julian EYMARD property has subsequently breathed new life in the academy. The main classroom building and front office/cafeteria have primarily been repaired. The next steps are to renovate and re-purpose the church and rectory, to continue to revitalize ties with the community and give opportunities for their students. Crescent Leadership Academy is a Type 5 Charter School for expulsion students, under the authorization of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
Saturday, August 15, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Co-authors Addie & Jeremy MARTIN will speak on the development of what we think of as “Cajun” culture today owes a great deal to the fisheries industries. Further, the identity of what it is to be a Cajun has largely become tied up with life on the water. Without the fisheries, Southeast Louisiana -- and the cultures and cuisines that call it home -- would be very different. This intriguing presentation explores the ways in which the fisheries shaped the food, culture, language, and economics of the coastal Cajun people and their homeland of Southeast Louisiana.
Their book is titled: "Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition" by Addie K MARTIN & Jeremy MARTIN.
Saturday, Sept. 19 10 a.m. - noon
Ms Malinda BLEVINS, of the Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), www.hnoc.org after extensive research of the HNOC's VERRET family papers, will give an informative presentation on this noted Algiers family. She will give a brief history of the VERRET family, of Algiers Point, their life in the "Point", as well as, have portraits of family members. Ms BLEVINS will illustrate what the "Point" was like, at various times, via using the wealth of maps the HNOC has.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Co-authors Alan GAUTHREAUX, M.A. and Daryl HIPPENSTEEL, Ph.D., will discuss their new book, "Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides". Written as a popular history, these gentlemen utilized the records of the period, and, in some instances, recollections of those who may still be able to provide a coherent rendition of the facts. Alan GAUTHREAUX is a freelance writer and Daryl HIPPENSTEEL, Ph,D, is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, at Delgado Community College. Could this be the Louisiana version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson? Attend their presentation and find out. It's elementary!
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 10 a.m. - noon
Ms Gayle NOLAN, editor, publisher and English instructor at Delgado Community College, will give a very interesting presentation on her single-handled mission of preserving and bringing to light the handwritten "family stories" of Arthur MITCHELL who was the descendent of slaves who had lived on the JONS Plantation, in the Tchoupitoulas area of New Orleans.
Born in 1915, Arthur MITCHELL grew up on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter, where he sat, evening after evening, listening to his grandparents, aunts and uncles telling of their experiences in slavery and their struggles toward freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation. The old people even had their “home-made books,” as they called them, hidden under the floorboards, still afraid of discovery after all the intervening years. Ms. NOLAN, will tell this very interesting, factual story to us in great detail.
There is no AHS meeting, because the 3rd Saturday, our meeting day each month, is too close to Christmas Day. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in January, 2016.