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New Orleans
Monday, March 15, 1999

Welcome back to the journal section of our Web site! It has been a while since we last posted an entry, but the action around the Mississippi River Heritage Project has never stopped.

During the last few months, we have been very busy developing some fun classroom activities, re-designing our Web site, and producing a set of CD-ROMs, all highlighting locations along the river. We have also broadcast four live programs to students who participated in a virtual field trip to Dubuque, Iowa. Some of you may have also followed these programs via satellite, or through streaming video on our Web site.

If that wasn't enough to keep us excited about the project, IPTV InteractiveMedia has recently been awarded a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to broadcast four live interactive television programs from three different locations along the river. Mark your calendar, there are several ways you can participate.

The next several journals you read will focus on taking you behind the scenes of our production trips. You will meet some of the people involved with the broadcast, learn more about the segments we are producing, and travel with us to some very fun places.

Today, we are back in the lively and culturally rich city of New Orleans, whose history and diversity are directly connected to its location along the Mississippi River. We are researching material for our live May broadcast. (New Orleans, along with Memphis, Tennessee, and Dubuque, Iowa, will be the host sites for our programs.) The broadcast will cover the environment, commerce, and architecture of the city, as well as its great food and music.

Producing the Mississippi River Heritage Project and live broadcast requires a lot of research. While we're in Louisiana, we are exploring lots of locations, connecting with river experts, designing the format and order of our broadcast, and identifying production crews. Through a new partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, our programs will also be seen live in Louisiana and here in Iowa. We hope that other public broadcasting stations around the country will also join us.

Brian Stoll, videographer, shoots the sarcophagus of Eugene Lacosst.  What do you think this style iscalled?
The outstanding Egyptian design of the Brunswig Mausoleum shows one of
the many architectural styles found in the Metairie Cemetary.
The Benjamin Saxon Story memorial, a round pergola, is a design inspired
 by circular Roman shrines.
Professor Mack Heard from Tulane University talks on camera about the
fascinating history of Metairie Cemetary.

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