My apologies,

It was brought to my attention that in my earlier message, I neglected to mention the time this discussion would take place:

When: Today, Wednesday, February 15, 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.), 1:00 p.m. (C.S.T.) 

Introducing New Orleans:  Its History, Culture, and People

Below sea level, subject to hurricanes, home of swamps, alligators, and crayfish, New Orleans presides over the Mississippi River.  Why would Thomas Jefferson dispatch an envoy to France to purchase this town for the fledgling United States?  How did this town come to be synonymous with good food, jazz, the French Quarter, and Mardi Gras?  Journey with us to the Crescent City, and celebrate its contribution to America's past, present, and future.  Laissez les bon temps roulez!

When:  Wednesday, February 15, 

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Laura Gottesman
Digital Reference Specialist
The Library of Congress