Suzanne Stone has volunteered as a docent at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the World War II Museum, and the Historic New Orleans Collection. Semi-retired from nonprofit executive positions, Stone works as a tour guide, presenting French Quarter, Garden District, culinary, cemetery, Jewish New Orleans, Women of New Orleans, and ghost tours. She received the 2017 Friends of the Cabildo’s Golden Shoe award. Her previous book is Volunteering Around the Globe: Life-Changing Travel Adventures.
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, Third Floor Exhibit Hall
Coffee & Rum: New Orleans History through Drink
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
New Orleans Coffee: A Rich History
New Orleans history is steeped in coffee. Outside the Cathedral of St. Louis in Jackson Square, early entrepreneurs like Old Rose provided eager churchgoers with the brew, and it was sold in the French Market beginning in the late 1700s. Café du Monde and Morning Call started serving café au lait more than a century ago. People gathered for business, socializing, politics and auctions at five hundred coffee exchanges and shops in the 1800s. Since 1978, myriad specialty coffee shops have opened to meet increasing demand for great coffee. Author Suzanne Stone presents the full story of this celebrated tradition, including how chicory became part of the city's special flavor.
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