Historical Interpreters' Commitment to History
The Hermann Grima & Gallier houses in New Orleans hosted Oak Alley interpreters in a day-long training and history event.
Oak Alley Historical Interpreters:
Exploring the Roman's World in New Orleans
On February 21st 2015, a group of Oak Alley Historical Interpreters visited New Orleans to learn more about Oak Alley's Roman family connections to the Creole society in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Visits included A.B Roman's house, where he entertained John James Audubon while he was governor; the residence Celina Roman rented as her New Orleans home after Jacques' death in the 1850's; Alfred Roman's home on Esplanade, where Henri Roman resided in the 1880s; Madame John's Legacy, where the matriarch Louise Patin Roman lived and where Jacques T. Roman grew up; and the home on Royal where Louise and Celina lived until Celina's death. The group also visited the chapel at the former Discalced Carmelite Convent on Rampart, which was the the center of Louise Roman's work to establish the Order in New Orleans.
Former Roman-family Residence in New Orlens French Quarter
Photo by Shorpy
Photo by Shorpy
In addition, the group was treated to a visit to the Hermann Grima & Gallier houses in New Orleans. HGG educator Jennifer Dyer demonstrated how participatory visitor experiences like cooking can be enjoyable teaching moments and the group explored the differences between urban vs. rural living, as well as French Creole culinary practices and the life of enslaved cooks. Oak Alley is grateful to the Hermann Grima & Galllier folks for your hospitality!
Jennifer Dyer Demonstrates Participatory Experiences for Oak Alley Interpreters