Centennial of Sin Participants

John McCusker

Founder of New Orleans Jazz History Tours and author of Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early years of Jazz.

Pamela D. Arceneaux

Senior librarian/rare books curator with The Historic New Orleans Collection, where she has worked since 1981.  Along with other published articles and lectures about various aspects of Louisiana and New Orleans history – including prostitution - she also authored the entry, “New Orleans Blue Books,” for the online Louisiana encyclopedia, KnowLA, and is the author of Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, released by THNOC in February 2017.   

John and Lori Cernak

Photographic artist inspired by Ernest James Bellocq and The District.  Founder of Out Of Our Minds Studios, Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Bruce Raeburn

Director of Special Collections and Curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University. He holds a doctorate in history from Tulane and is the author of New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History, as well as numerous scholarly articles on New Orleans Jazz history and historiography. He has also served as an historical consultant for various media projects, including “Ken Burns’ Jazz” (2001), Blackside Films,“I’ll Make Me a World:  A Century of African-American Arts” (1999), and Joe Lauro and Don McGlyn’s “Louis Prima--The Wildest” (2000).  He has also performed as a professional drummer in New Orleans for the past 47 years. 

Amy Reuben

Founder of District Productions, Inc., 1996, now District Productions NOLA, and independent historian of The District since 1991, lecturing at UNO and The New Orleans Public Library, a playwright and member of The Dramatists Guild, hold a BA in English with a concentration in poetry and play writing, and has been a professional technical/production theatre artist since 1981 in Canada and the USA.

Brooke Bergan

Brooke Bergan has published three books of poetry: Windowpane, Distant Topologies, and Storyville: A Hidden Mirror. Her poetry, fiction, essays, translations, and plays have appeared in in numerous publications, including The Antioch Review, The Chicago Tribune, Poetry East, and Fifth Wednesday Journal. She was poetry editor for Private Arts Press, has taught writing workshops for several decades, and has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, she is part of a collaborative blog that includes writers and photographers and is working on a new collection of poems. 

Edward Branley

Edward Branley is a writer, teacher, historian, and computer nerd. He graduated from Brother Martin High School, and received a degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Orleans. Branley is author of 6  books on New Orleans, & two YA novels, Dragon’s Danger and Dragon’s Discovery. Branley grew up reading sword-and-sorcery stories, and now spends a lot of time wandering around New Orleans, looking for Teleport Gateways, wondering where Magickal duels were held. He lives in New Orleans, with his wife, and stays in constant contact with his grown sons. Connect with him at www.ebranley.com 

Dianne Honore

Family genealogist and historian, founder of the Black Storyville Baby Dolls™, the Amazons Benevolent Society™, and co-founder of Unheard Voices of Louisiana™.  A licensed tour guide since the early 1990s, she has written, produced and presented many history-related music and food events, classes, film screenings, panel discussions, tours, and exhibits over several decades. She hosted a live tv show focused on New Orleans history and current events. She developed an "exhibit-store" called "Gumbo Marie" in which she curated rotating exhibits on Louisiana history, held classes, and sold locally crafted products to support the exhibit space. Annually she produces  "Gumbo Marie Fest™" in conjuction with The Amazons Benevolent Society™ which raises funds for local breast cancer patients. Dianne also works as a nurse at Ochsner Medical Center

Dan Meyer

Daniel C. Meyer has been planning, producing, and broadcasting radio shows, mostly of traditional New Orleans jazz, on radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM since 1981.  He has made presentations and participated on panels about New Orleans music and history at French Quarter Fest, Satchmo Summer Fest, and the New Orleans International Music Colloquium.

Carolyn Long

Carolyn Long is a writer and artist who has written four books about New Orleans including Spiritual Merchants: Religion, Magic, and Commerce (2001) and her latest, Famille Vve Paris née Laveau: The Tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (2016). She has written articles about New Orleans for Louisiana History, New Orleans Genesis, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Her art work is influenced by involvement with New Orleans and has been reproduced as notecards and prints for sale at many venues in the city. Her presentation is titled “The Cracker Jack: A Hoodoo Drugstore in the Cradle of Jazz.” The Cracker Jack was owned by Dr. George Andre Thomas, and later by his widow, from 1907 to 1974. Over the years it evolved from an ordinary drugstore to the region’s most famous source of magical supplies. The Cracker Jack was located at 435 South Rampart, almost next door to the Little Gem Saloon. Dr. Thomas also owned the Karnofsky Store building and the Iroquois Theater. As urban renewal advanced toward the former Black Storyville, many buildings in the 400 block of South Rampart, including the Cracker Jack, were demolished. 

Joseph Makkos

Is a Printer, Designer, & Chief Curator of Nola DNA: an archive of some 30,000 original New Orleans newspapers from 1888-1929.