Just in time for the holidays, The Historic New Orleans Collection presents an exhibition that tells 20 tales of sporting life and civic communion in New Orleans a.k.a. the perfect activity for the family or any visitors over the next few months. Crescent City Sport: Stories of Courage and Change is on view from November 22, 2019 to March 8, 2020 and is sponsored by the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation with additional support from several organizations and individuals.

Batter trying to get ball that fell (lay field ground)

Baseball game at Pelican Stadium; ca. 1920; gelatin dry plate negative; by John Tibule Mendes; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Waldemar S. Nelson, 2003.0182.389


Sugar Bowl trophy; 1825 or 1826; sterling silver; by Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard (London); courtesy of the Sugar Bowl, LI-000138

The exhibition explores the roles sports have played in the city's tourism economy and the fight for gender equality and racial inclusivity. The show combines the museum's many sports-related holdings and loans from local collections such as a New Orleans Saints helmet used by wide received Ray Ogden in 1967, a 19th century Sugar Bowl trophy made of sterling silver, and a souvenir program from the 1930 Tulane vs. LSU football game. Photographs from games and races of the past will also be on display.


New Orleans Pride annual program, 1979–80; New Orleans: Pride, Inc., 1979; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2018.0114

Admission to the exhibition is free. An opening reception for Crescent City Sport will take place Friday, November 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 520 Royal Street.