Grace King and New Orleans: The Place and the People of her Roots (and Ours)

Beauregard-Keyes House and Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates


Grace King, New Orleans writer in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was an early advocate of preservation. Because of her love of history, she was active in the Louisiana Historical Society and helped save valuable archives on which preservationists in New Orleans rely today. She founded a women’s club, Le Petit Salon, whose purchase of an important French Quarter home spurred reclamation elsewhere in the neighborhood. This presentation will tell King’s story.

Dr. Pfeffer holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Urban History from the University of New Orleans. She is currently a visiting scholar at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. Dr. Pfeffer's most recent book, Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair, won the 2015 Eudora Welty Prize for scholarship in Women’s Studies and Southern Studies from the Mississippi University for Women. Presently, she is preparing a manuscript of Grace King’s letters for publication. 

About the Exhibit

Wednesday, May 30

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