- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new book timed to the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans is set to be published next year.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities announced this week they are producing a book about the city’s influence in the world.

The book, titled New Orleans & The World: The Tricentennial Anthology, is set to be published in the fall of 2017.

It aims to highlight the role of the city in major events in American and world history as well as the various ways in which culture and economic innovation have impacted people outside the city. It will also discuss the waves of new immigrants to the city who redefined it.

“We are proud to have secured the accomplished and well-respected LEH which has assembled a stable of pre-eminent New Orleans scholars to help us tell the history of our city,” said Stephen Perry, President & CEO of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Through this anthology, we intend to showcase the incredible events that led to the founding of this great port city in the new world and highlight New Orleans’ contributions to the world over the course of 300 years, including unique cuisine, indigenous music, traditions and a culture that distinguishes this city from all others,” Perry said.

The city is gearing up for its 300th anniversary in 2018.

Major scholars in New Orleans and Louisiana area universities will be contributing to the book. The scholars include: Richard Campanella of Tulane University, Dr. Robert Dupont of the University of New Orleans, independent scholar Freddi Evans, Dr. Alecia Long of Louisiana State University, Dr. Kara Tunich Olidge of the Amistad Research Center, and Dr. Lawrence Powell, professor emeritus at Tulane University. Dr. Nancy Dixon of Dillard University will be the book’s Executive Editor.

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