Welcome to the Louisiana Historical Society

Founded in 1835, the Louisiana Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in the state. The State of Louisiana first chartered it in 1836, and has rechartered it several times since then. For a number of decades during the 19th century, the society was the official custodian of the colonial records of Louisiana, including the French Superior Council records and the Spanish Judicial Records of the Illustrious Cabildo…

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New Orleans Bar Association Celebrates the New Orleans Tricentennial

A Tricentennial Retrospective: The Unique Legacy of Louisiana Legal Historyfeaturing Dr. Vernon V. Palmer, Tulane Law School

This CLE will offer a historical view of the influence of the Napoleonic Code on the Louisiana Civil Code and give audience members a look at the Spanish and French influences on Louisiana law.

New Date:                  Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 4 – 5 p.m. CLE
Cost:                    $35 for lawyers;
La. Historical Society members gratis
but seating is limited in the courtroom. If your registered for the 17th, you are already on the list. There are a few more seats available now.

Govt issued photo ID requited for entry.
Business attire.

Location:             U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
               Lecture 5th Floor
To register:         Hayley Landry or call NOBA at 525-7453.
Reservations are required.
Reception and Tricentennial Exhibit following lecture on 2nd Floor

Jackson’s Bodyguard: Lawyers Who Fought in the Battle of New Orleans
Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon chairs a committee devoted to preserving and presenting the vibrant history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The first phase of the project focuses on the Early Years of the Court and features an exhibit by attorney Mary Ann Wegmann titled, “Jackson’s Bodyguard: Lawyers Who Fought in the Battle of New Orleans.”

Louisiana lawyers played an important role in the defense of New Orleans in December 1814 and January 1815, culminating in the American victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. This exhibit introduces nine lawyers, early members of the Louisiana bar, who served under Major General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. None of the lawyers were born in Louisiana, yet they all volunteered to defend their adopted state, and one made the ultimate sacrifice.


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New Website

Welcome to the new Louisiana Historical Society Website. Learn more about LHS, or browse the archives.

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