Beyond Bourbon Street - an Insider's Guide to New Orleans
About This Show
Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique.
Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!
Most Recent Episode
Guidebooks to Sin: the Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans - Episode #34
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Guidebooks to Sin: the Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans In 1897, New Orleans leaders created Storyville, the infamous red light district of New Orleans. For the next twenty years, Storyville was the legal center of prostitution in the Crescent City. The blue books were small guides that listed the 'finer' bordellos and even the individual prostitutes. The idea was likely cribbed from various other blue books which noted places and people of distinction. My guest this week is Pamela Arceneaux, an author, senior librarian, and rare books curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Pamela has written a wonderful book, called the Guidebooks to Sin: the Blue Books of Storyville. In this first of two episodes about the infamous New Orleans red light district, we discuss the creation of Storyville and the role of the blue books. We learn about the surprising contents and how they helped cement New Orleans’ reputation as an entertainment and tourist destination. We talk about the jazz and ragtime musicians who provided the musical entertainment and often began their collaboration with others. All this and more in this episode of Beyond Bourbon Street! Resources You can find Pamela’s book at local booksellers, including Octavia Books, Garden District Book Shop and Maple Street Book Shop, as well as at The Historic New Orleans Collection. You can also find Guidebooks to Sin on Amazon. Explore the Historic New Orleans Collection online and in person. They are located at 533 Royal Street, in the heart of the French Quarter. Links and show notes for today's episode can be found at http://beyondbourbonst.com/34 Thank You Thank you