Thank you to all of our Color Bearers who joined us for our annual Donor Thank You Weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana from February 8-10, 2019. Attendees had the unique opportunity to explore history from all three wars that our mission covers. The event began with a history talk by historian William C. "Jack" Davis and welcome reception at the Hotel Monteleone on Friday evening. Saturday took our guests on six different tours, from the Battle of Baton Rouge to Civil War New Orleans to the famed World War II Museum and Confederate Hall. On Sunday, guests enjoyed a Breakfast Q&A session with President Jim Lighthizer, followed by half-day tours. A good time was had by all! Please mark your calendars for our 2020 Donor Thank You Weekend in Savannah, Georgia, from February 7-9, 2020.
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History Talk with William C. "Jack" Davis
Guests enjoyed a History Talk by historian William C. "Jack" Davis on Friday evening, to kick off the weekend.
Parker Hills prepares his Saturday tour group for his "Battle of New Orleans" tour
Historian Parker Hills gives his tour group an overview before departing on his Saturday tour, the Battle of New Orleans.
Guests walk around the French Quarter
Parker Hills leads his tour group through the historic French Quarter on the Battle of New Orleans tour. They even stopped for some of the famous beignets at Cafe du Monde!
Attendees enjoyed a tour of the picturesque Chalmette Battlefield on Saturday.
Color Bearers pose with a cannon at the Chalmette Battlefield
Color Bearers pose with a cannon at the Chalmette Battlefield on Saturday's tour.
Color Bearers Mark and Debbie Later pose by a cannon
Color Bearer and long-time Trust Volunteer Mark Later and his wife Debbie pose by a cannon on Saturday's Battle of New Orleans tour.
Guests tour the Old Spanish Fort
Guests tour the Old Spanish Fort, also known as Fort St. John, on Saturday's Battle of New Orleans tour.
Plaquemines Parish President Kirk LePine greets our group
At the Fort Jackson museum, Plaquemines Parish president Kirk LePine greets our "Flotillas and Forts" tour group.
A delicious welcome to Plaquemines Parish!
Guests on the "Flotillas and Forts" tour are greeted with a homemade orange velvet cake, courtesy of Plaquemines Parish!
Flotillas and Forts Tour inside Fort Jackson
Saturday's Flotillas and Forts Tour inside of Fort Jackson.
Mark Bielski leads a tour through New Orleans
Historian Mark Bielski leads his Civil War New Orlenas tour through the French Quarter on Saturday.
Beautiful sunrise over New Orleans
Photographer Buddy Secor captured this lovely photo of the sunrise over New Orleans.
Sean Michael Chick leads a "Walk Among the Tombstones"
Historian Sean Michael Chick leads guests through a "Walk Among the Tombstones" on Sunday.
Color Bearer Jack Anderson enjoying the Sunday tour
Color Bearer Jack Anderson enjoys his Sunday tour, "A Walk Among the Tombstones."
Sunday's "Walk Among the Tombstones"
Sunday's "A Walk Among the Tombstones" tour group, with guide Sean Michael Chick.
Sunday's River Cruise attendees disembark
Sunday's "Chalmette Battlefield & River Cruise" tour attendees were treated to a ride on the mighty Mississippi!
Dan Davis speaks to guests on the Chalmette Battlefield
The Trust's Dan Davis leads attendees on Sunday's "Chalmette Battlefield and River Cruise" tour.
Color Bearers enjoy a Mississippi River cruise on Sunday
Color Bearers enjoy a Mississippi River cruise on Sunday's tour of the Chalmette Battlefield and River Cruise.
Aerial shot of the Crescent City
Photographer Buddy Secor captures a scenic shot of New Orleans.
Historic Jackson Square in the French Quarter
Photographer Mike Talplacido captures a photo of historic Jackson Square, with St. Louis Cathedral in the background.
Lance Hatton, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Superintendent, reflects on the Chalmette Battlefield, site of the War of 1812's Battle of New Orleans in celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service.