Tracing the Tricentennial highlights key events in the lives of the residents of the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses and those relating to the construction of and changes in ownership of the houses. This timeline places them in the larger context of New Orleans’ 300-year history, using images from our own collection and other institutions. Issues such as immigration, slavery, the Civil War, economic strife, and yellow fever had lasting implications for the Hermanns, Grimas, Galliers, and the people they enslaved.

Explore the timeline to gain a deeper understanding of New Orleans life, the progression of laws and social norms, and the unique geographic, economic, and cultural climate of the Crescent City. Discover your own connections along the way and share in the pain, progress, and optimism that makes New Orleans unlike any other.