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Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial 

A guide to all the reenactments, workshops, lectures and more surrounding the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans

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Battle of New Orleans Symposium.
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www.crt.state.la.us/museum/properties/usmint — Friends of the Cabildo host a daylong symposium. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and University of Virginia professor Alan Taylor is the keynote speaker. Tickets $65. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Battle of New Orleans talk.
Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, (504) 589-3882; www.nps.gov/jela — Visitors learn about the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans each afternoon. 2:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Bicentennial Celebration Cruise.
Creole Queen paddlewheeler, Spanish Plaza, (504) 529-4567; www.creolequeen.com — The paddlewheel boat cruises from Canal Street to Chalmette Battlefield daily. Tickets $27 adults, $13 children. Thursday-Saturday.

Call to Arms.
Jackson Square, St. Peter Street Gate — Living history characters re-enact the Dec. 18, 1814 call to arms that rallied locals against British invasion. 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Campaign for the Gulf.
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www.crt.state.la.us/museum/properties/usmint — Historian Ron Chapman discusses the Battle of New Orleans in the context of Britain's broader geopolitical strategy. 6 p.m. Thursday.

Commemoration Day.
Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, (504) 589-3882; www.nps.gov/jela — The National Park Service marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans with a ceremony. 9 a.m. Thursday.

Jordan Noble Drum Workshop.
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., (504) 568-6993; www.crt.state.la.us/museum/properties/usmint — Kids ages 8-12 and their parents learn about a young slave who drummed for Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812, and they'll participate in a craft. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Music of the War of 1812.
East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190; www.jefferson.lib.la.us — Historian Carolyn Kolb discusses the political and military origins of songs like "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Madison's March." 7 p.m. Thursday.

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