Native presentations, tours and research

Annually we present a wide variety of talks and presentations for small groups of locals to large groups of a few hundred interested in our heritage. This can include one storyteller, formal panel discussions with historians and active culture bearers, to historical reenactments and song and dance presentations. We can also offer live cooking demonstrations with sample tasting.

All tours are private and may be tailored. Please contact us at gumbomarie@gmail.com for more information and booking.

We can assist with research in areas of local history and genealogy on a limited public access basis. Please direct questions to gumbomarie@gmail.com

 

TOUR #1    Storyville Baby Doll Walking Tour  

Join Gumbo Marie on this uniquely intriguing walk through parts of what was once the most notorious red-light district in the country. Learn who the Baby Dolls were and how the iconic cultural tradition was born ca. 1912 in “Back O’Town.”  Hear stories of Black Storyville, wealthy madames, the history of Jazz and secondlines during Jim Crow era New Orleans, the birth of the baby dolls Mardi Gras tradition, Jelly Roll Morton’s other profession, and grab a refreshing cocktail at a still standing brothel of yesteryear!

 

 

welcoming visitors in Congo Square

Gumbo Marie welcoming guests at Congo Square!

Tour #2 French Quarter walking tour with a Native

Enjoy a stroll with New Orleans native Dianne Gumbo Marie Honore’ through the charming French Quarter. See the sights and enjoy in-depth accounts of the people who made New Orleans.

 

TOUR #3   A History of Women in New Orleans

This walking tour through the French Quarter explores the lives, women history bookcontributions and legacies left by women throughout Louisiana’s history. Originally offered by author Mary Gehman this tour is sure to intrigue! It is based on her book “Women and New Orleans: A History.” The women of Louisiana have made many important contributions to our cultural development and have left footprints of their work in historic preservation, education, religion, and the arts.

 

 

 

Tour #4 Unheard Voices of the German Coast:

River Road Plantation Tour

This is a one-of-a-kind plantation tour given by Dianne Honoré descendant of the Destrehan family. You will be taken by bus from New Orleans. On your bus ride learn all about “working” plantations where the Creole system of slavery was implemented in 18th c. Louisiana. Learn about the houses built by enslaved Africans and Creoles. You will be introduced to the stories of several people who lived in Colonial Louisiana from different continents and ways of life.  Afro-Creoles, Creole planters, carpenters, cooks and a host of other inhabitants. Get a detailed view of the architecture and accurate account of life in early Louisiana, the hardships, celebrations, music, slavery, religion and foodways.

This is a well-balanced accurate historical interpretation. It was first presented with rave reviews by local media in 2012.

 

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