First off, thanks for passing by Lagniappe and Other Essentials. I’m Chris Cook, and I started this blog in November 2012 as an outlet for my writing (and energy!) on general New Orleans and regional topics. My first post, “A New Venture”, pretty much sums up my motivations and ideas for this blog, including a call for questions and comments. I love fielding questions, so I’d like to reiterate that if there is ever a post that you would like to know more about, please feel free to comment or ask me directly.
A little bit more about me: I grew up in the New Orleans area before moving to Texas for high school. After spending nearly six years in Portland, Oregon, my wife and I relocated to New Orleans in March of 2013, and have been thrilled to be in this city since then. I received my Bachelors in History from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and my MA in U.S. History from Portland State University. In my graduate work, my major field of study was American Social and Cultural History and my minor field consisted of a comparison study of Emancipation and enfranchisement in the New World. I’m interested in nearly all time periods and topics related to New Orleans, and other areas of my interest include urban studies, historic preservation, environmental history and ecology.
I hope you enjoy reading Lagniappe and Other Essentials as much as I enjoy writing it, and thanks again for your interest and support!
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**The banner illustration at the top of Lagniappe and Other Essentials is William Woodward’s “House for Napoleon, St. Louis and Chartres Streets” (1900; oil crayon on board), which I found via a WikiCommons search of the public domain in November, 2012. In April, 2013, I discovered that the original hangs in the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries of the Historic New Orleans Collection, at 400 Chartres Street.