Grand opening of the Neighborhood Story Project on the corner of North Miro and Lapeyrouse Street with the John McDonogh Senior High Marching Band in 2006.
The Neighborhood Story Project is located in an old corner store building in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans. In partnership with the University of New Orleans, since 2004 we have worked with public schools, grassroots organizations, community-based museums, and other important cultural institutions to create books, exhibits, events, and courses that explore how individual life histories are connected to the broader cultural and historical dynamics of the city and the world. We believe in the power of cross-cultural conversations and co-creativity to build on the strengths of our communities.
Who We Are
Top row: Rachel Breunlin, Petrice Sams-Abiodun, and Corlita Mahr Spreen. Middle Row: Antoinette Jackson, Helen Regis, Bryan Wagner, and Troy Materre (in front of the parade) Bottom Row: Gareth Breunlin and Bruce Sunpie Barnes .
Ethnographic Photographer/Photo Editor
Bruce Sunpie Barnes
Book Series Editor
Helen A. Regis
Board of Directors
Helen A. Regis, President
Associate Professor of Anthropology at Louisiana State University
Antoinette Jackson, Treasurer
Professor of Anthropology
Director of Heritage Research Lab at the University of South Florida
Sociologist & Literacy Advocate
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Planned Parenthood Gulf South
Corlita Mahr Spreen
Seventh Ward resident and nonprofit consultant
Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
Co-author of Coming Out the Door for the Ninth Ward
Co-founder of Nine Times and ?s Social and Pleasure Clubs
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Human Development
University of New Orleans
Neighborhood Story Project was co-founded by Abram Himelstein and Rachel Breunlin in 2004. Over the years, it has grown and thrived through great partnerships. The organization was incubated at the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans and John McDonogh Senior High. Since 2005, we have been in partnership with the University of New Orleans, where Abram is editor-in-chief at UNO Press and Rachel teaches in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology. As a nonprofit organization, the NSP has received generous donations from many local and national organizations. A special thank-you to the Surdna Foundation for believing in our work.