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The Fair Grounds Through the Lens


A heart-pounding race through history!

The thunder and excitement of the race has long drawn visitors to the Fair Grounds, where legendary horses including Black Gold, Whirlaway, and Risen Star have raced to victory. The history of one of America’s oldest Thoroughbred horse-racing tracks is chronicled here through interviews, rare photographs, and archival lithographs. Since 1872, the New Orleans Fair Grounds has been home to exhibitions, boxing matches, baseball games, and even special events like ostrich racing. Now owned by Churchill Downs, Inc., the Fair Grounds has withstood hurricanes, fire, and bankruptcy and stands today as a vibrant sports and festival venue in a historic New Orleans neighborhood.
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Meet the Author

Peggy Scott Laborde is the producer and host of Steppin' Out, which airs on WYES-TV in New Orleans. Her professional accomplishments have earned her awards from the Press Club of New Orleans and American Women in Radio and Television. She has garnered praise for her extensive efforts in conserving the arts and history of New Orleans. Laborde is also the coauthor of Pelican's Canal Street: New Orleans' Great Wide Way and Christmas in New Orleans.

Fair Grounds official track photographer Louis Hodges, Jr., took his first picture of the New Orleans Fair Grounds when he was twelve years old. His family has been documenting the track for more than half a century.


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A unique museum gift shop located in the French Quarter that offers reproduction maps and prints, jewelry and gifts by local artists and our own publications as well as many other titles related to the culture and history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Many of the items in this shop can only be found at The Historic New Orleans Collection. This gift shop features reproduction items from our collections that are educational and exclusive.