Leadership in American History Symposium & New Orleans Tour

We are excited to present this symposium that highlights the breadth of knowledge our historians possess and the pride we have in New Orleans, where Stephen Ambrose founded our company in 1979 and the National WWII Museum in 2000. We have designed this symposium and tour with both our repeat guests and new guests in mind. If you have traveled with us before, this is a chance to reconnect with your historian and fellow guests, and for first-time guests interested in a history tour, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know our staff and historians. Interesting lectures and discussions, great people, unique cultural and historical visits and delicious food! History during the day and free time to explore New Orleans celebrating its 300th anniversary in the evening! It’s winning combination and we hope you join us!

– Terri Sercovich, Symposium Architect

New Orleans, founded in 1718, will celebrate its 300th year in 2018; the city and state are rich with history that includes the final battle of the War of 1812— the Battle of New Orleans; it was the largest city and economic center of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War; and Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans is where Andrew Higgins created, tested and manufactured the Higgins landing crafts that brought Allied troops to the shores of Normandy during the D-Day invasion of WWII.

We invite you to come and meet the historians that lead our tours as they come together to share a historical experience with and meet you! Our Leadership in American Military Symposium and New Orleans Tour will include daily lectures and discussions with these distinguished historians, as well as cultural and historical day visits to and around New Orleans.


  • French Quarter walking tour
  • Riding on the Creole Queen paddle wheeler to the historic Chalmette Battlefield, location of the Battle of New Orleans
  • Visits to plantations: Oak Alley and Laura
  • Visits to forts: Jackson and St. Philip
  • Two-day pass to the National WWII Museum, founded by Stephen Ambrose in 2000
  • Swamp tour: Boat trip through the bayous and swamps of Louisiana surrounded by exotic fauna and flora
  • Mardi Gras World: See where artists create the floats that roll through New Orleans for Carnival

Day-By-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 Saturday, February 24

Check into the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel 3 p.m. First activity is a 6 p.m. Welcome Reception followed by dinner at the hotel. Socialize with fellow guests and historians.

DAY 2 Sunday, February 25

Symposium Topics

  • America’s Revolutionary War
  • Corps of Discovery: Lewis & Clark
  • War of 1812 & the Battle of New Orleans

Cultural Activities

  • French Quarter walking tour
  • Riverboat cruise on the Creole Queen
  • Tour of Chalmette Battlefield
  • Lunch: Creole Queen buffet

DAY 3 Monday, February 26

Symposium Topics

  • Civil War

Cultural Activities

  • Confederate Memorial Hall
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Laura Plantation
  • Lunch: Oak Alley Plantation

DAY 4 Tuesday, February 27

Symposium Topics

  • Civil War

Cultural Activities

  • Fort Jackson
  • Fort St. Philip
  • Lunch: Local seafood

DAY 5 Wednesday, February 28

Symposium Topics

  • World War I
  • World War II

Cultural Activities

  • National WWII Museum
  • Screening of PBS’s The Ghost Army
  • Lunch: On your own

DAY 6 Thursday, March 1

Symposium Topics

  • World War II
  • Lunch: New Orleans treats

DAY 7 Friday, March 2

Symposium Topics

  • Louisiana History

Cultural Activities

  • Swamp Tour
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Lunch: To be announced

DAY 8 Saturday, March 3

  • Brunch at Court of Two Sisters
  • Late checkout: noon
  • Extra nights available before  and after the tour

Tour Dates

  • February 24 - March 3, 2018
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Prices are per person based on double occupancy. For a single room add $525. Price includes all lectures, cultural trips and scheduled group meals.

Local Option

Do you live in the New Orleans area? Take the full tour without hotel accommodations. Call us!

Singular Interests

If you would like to do a partial tour, for example, only the Civil War days or only the WWII days, we can accommodate you. Please call for more information.

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