Initial Organized Efforts (1920 - 1937)

The Spring Fiesta Association Is Established

Since 1937, the Spring Fiesta Association has welcomed the arrival of spring by commemorating the city’s unique cultural heritage.

The WPA’s Archival and Documentation Efforts

From 1935 until 1942, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) employed archivists, bookbinders, writers, and photographers to document and preserve the culture of many cities, including New Orleans.

The Vieux Carré Commission is Established

Stewards of the Vieux Carré’s historic buildings since 1937, the Vieux Carré Commission was founded to help save the city’s crumbling architectural heritage from demolition. 

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) is Initiated

Created in 1933, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) is an open-ended collection that documents the rich variety of the country’s architectural heritage, including dozens of public and private buildings across New Orleans. 

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