The Nola Heroines Walking Tour

Hi, I'm Cynthia, a local New Orleans historian and tour guide and I specialize in the history and lives of women. Our history is disproportionately taught around the framework of men, and many tours offered do not deviate from this tradition. This tour seeks to rectify the imbalance, and not only offers insight into the lives and contributions of women, but approaches history through a feminist lens. I hope you'll join me on this first of it's kind, women-centric walking tour and together we can learn from our past we all move forward.

 

 
joanny on the pony.jpg

The Beginning: Joan d'Arc

We will begin at the statue of Joan of Arc and dive into her heroic story of grand vision, battles, and eventual death. Joan is one of the original heroines of history and her story is often celebrated here in New Orleans. Next, we'll take a short walk through time and into the history of the city itself.

 

 

New Orleans, est. 1718

New Orleans is nearly 300 years old and women have played an enormous role in the building of the city and its culture. On the heroines tour I will speak to some of their stories, their plights, and their contributions. From its founding by the French, period of Spanish Control, and purchase by the United States, New Orleans has seen a lot of change for itself the lives of it's citizens.

The centuries old streets and buildings of the French Quarter serve as a backdrop to stories of women overcoming oppression, sexism and racism to achieve incredible things.

New Orleans city map, c. 1728

New Orleans city map, c. 1728

Ursilines Convent

Ursilines Convent

 

 
Storyville Prostitute

Storyville Prostitute

Myra Clark Gaines

Myra Clark Gaines

The Details

This tour will take about 2 hours to complete, and we will casually cover around 1 mile of the French Quarter. If you love women, and are interested in history come along with me on the only women’s walking tour in town.

The Tour starts at the Joan of Arc Statue on Decatur Street, and you may reserve a spot ahead of time if you like.

There are two times offered, in the morning at 9:30am and in the afternoon at 3:30pm. If these times don’t work for you, contact me directly and we can make other arrangements. I can offer group and student discounts and will be doing special editions of the tour for certain holidays and events so stay tuned for that!

I am really excited to bring this tour to you, and hope to bring new issues and perspectives to light through the experience. 

Outside of the tour I'm passionate about women’s issues and about supporting other women in their work.  I also have provided a reading list if you are keen on more research for yourself or others.

I also want to thank the ladies at the Williams Research Center and Historic Orleans Collection for their continued support.