PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.
ORIENTATION: 4:15pm. We will begin with introductions followed by an informative overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures; and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Enjoy a tasty meal in the hotel's Streetcar Restaurant with classic New Orleans and innovative American cuisine in a setting enhanced by original art worksEvening: PRESENTATION: Saints, Sinners, and Secrets. America’s most colorful city has been the home of an amazing cast of characters for three centuries. From ritual dances of the original Chitimacha inhabitants through the ceremonies and indulgences of succeeding waves of French, Spanish, English, Americans, German, Irish, Italians, and more down to our own time, New Orleans has always been a place of contrasts, conflicts, and contradictions. Religion and depravity, goodness and immorality, saints and sinners all have co-existed here, sometimes within the same people such as the blend of spiritual influences in Marie Laveau, notorious as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans who was also a devout Catholic. We hope your head won’t spin, but your eyes will be opened!Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans DowntownMeals Included: Dinner
Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France: This grand title identifies the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the U.S. -- established as a parish in 1720 -- and one of the city’s most notable landmarks, a cultural and architectural treasure.
Touro Synagogue is named for Judah Touro, a wealthy merchant-trader and son of Isaac Touro who founded America’s oldest synagogue in Newport, RI. Touro in New Orleans is the oldest Jewish house of worship outside the original 13 colonies, dating back to the 1820s.
St. Mary’s Assumption Church, the first German Catholic Church in Louisiana, houses the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, beatified in 2000. Fr. Seelos came to New Orleans in 1866, but the very next year contracted yellow fever and died. During that short time, he took on the hardest tasks and did the most penance, with miracles attributed to his intercession both during his life and after his death.
The Old Mortuary Chapel is the city’s oldest original church still standing, built as a place to bury victims of the annual Yellow Fever season (July-December), epidemic in New Orleans through much of the 19th Century. It is now the official chapel of the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments.Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.Evening: PRESENTATION: Legacies of New Orleans. Learn about the lives and legacy of free people of color, philanthropists and businessmen, the impact of Plessy vs. Ferguson, and more.Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans DowntownMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Take the remainder of the afternoon to explore on your own and become better acquainted with the French Quarter and its many charms, or use the vouchers provided to attend selected museums. You will have many options to choose from.Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. If you have a special restaurant in mind, we recommend you make reservations in advance.Evening: FREE EVENING: You may return to the hotel after dinner to relax or stay out and explore. If you like jazz, there are many clubs to choose from; you will also have a voucher for Preservation Hall. Or, just stroll along Bourbon Street to see some of the sights that may surprise you. Remember, New Orleans is like nowhere else in America!Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans DowntownMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
FIELD TRIP: New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. This small museum is one of the most fascinating anywhere. Hear a brief presentation on voodoo itself -- a three-tiered spiritual system from West Africa based on an omnipotent God, spirits, and ancestors -- and the forms and features of “gris-gris” relating to love and romance, power and domination, luck and finance, and uncrossing or undoing hexes.Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.Evening: HAUNTED HISTORY WALK: French Quarter. Get ready for thrills, chills, laughs, secrets revealed, and surprises.Lodging: Holiday Inn New Orleans DowntownMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch