DENISE AUGUSTINE

Native New Orleanian Denise Augustine has a love of all things French, Spanish and African New Orleans, a love characteristic of Creole women. Her innate storytelling skills enable her to share the unique and vital culture that sets her hometown apart, a culture of which she is a part, including having masked as a Baby Doll.  She chose tour guiding as a career because nothing about her city is like anywhere else in America.  She attended Delgado College over 20 years ago for her first tour guide training.  She then took the Friends of the Cabildo’s intensive Louisiana history training and the Save Our Cemeteries tour guide class.  She presently continues her education through the Tour Guide Association of Greater New Orleans and is an active member of Tour Professionals of Greater New Orleans.  Denise is currently researching New Orleans’ connections to Caribbean nations, particularly Cuba, where she recently visited.

Denise participating in New Orleans Carnival Baby Doll tradition

 
 

MILTON CARR

Milton Carr was born and raised in New Orleans. His family has been involved in the culture of New Orleans since before he was born, particularly in the Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs and the Black Indians of New Orleans. He has been interested in history since he was a youngster.  Milton worked as a roadie for many of his younger years, meeting many of our New Orleans musicians before they were famous (including Deacon John Moore, Art & Cyrille Neville, and Allen Toussaint), making many lifelong friendships and gathering many great stories. Milton is a Lower 9th Ward resident and played football at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans and Mesa College in San Diego.  He took the New Orleans history professional tour guide course at Delgado Community College and became a licensed guide in 2001.  Milton is currently the president of Tour Professionals of Greater New Orleans.  He prides himself in being a story teller and considers his knowledge of the various New Orleans cultures as his strong point.

 

 
 

TIM CHAUVIN

Tim Chauvin is a lifelong resident of Louisiana. His roots go deep into the state’s culture. His father was born on a sugar plantation up river from the city, and his mother was born on a rice farm in Acadiana. Tim is a history professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He has taught American and European history for nearly 20 years.  For more than three years, Tim has led tours for Historic New Orleans Tours from the French Quarter to the Garden District.

 

 
 

DENISE DIJKSTRA

A native of Burgundy, France, of Dutch and French descent. Denise Dijkstra, has been a tour guide for 25 years.  She has toured the American west, north and south discovering its wonders as an over the road tour guide for most of  her  career.  She specializes in Louisiana 's diversified historic culture and delights and favors New Orleans' mystical side in her story telling which covers an array of topics.  Some of her favorite stories are about ghosts, vampires,  voodoo, cemeteries and local New Orleans characters. 
Denise conducts both French and English language tours.

 

 
 

ROB FLORENCE

Robert Florence first researched Louisiana history while doing genealogy on his family, which brought him into the historic cemeteries. 
He is the author of two books on New Orleans cemeteries, a subject about which he has curated several museum exhibits.  He co-founded a preservation group which has restored several historic tombs, including the New Orleans Musicians Tomb, which offers free burial to musicians and which Rob administrates.  After saving the inscription tablet from the Homer Plessy tomb which he restored for the 100th anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson, he with Keith Plessy created a permanent Plessy v. Ferguson exhibit in the Sala Capitular, the room where the landmark case was first heard.

He first interpreted the region’s cultural history in an organized way as a Jean Lafitte National Park ranger and is currently writing a book on the Garden District.  He is a produced playwright of works that deal with New Orleans true stories ranging from Civil War Captain Andre Cailloux to Ernie K-Doe to Hurricane Katrina. He is the Dramatists Guild’s first Gulf Coast Regional Representative and has taught playwriting at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.  Rob’s documentary ZACK AND ADDIE won honors worldwide and he is currently working on a film about Cosimo Matassa’s recording studios.  He has produced many markers for historic buildings and tombs, starting with Danny Barker’s birthplace, and he was also an honorary pall bearer at both Blue Lu and Danny Barker’s funerals.

With Allen Toussaint at his childhood home and historic marker Rob created

 
 

ANNA GONZALEZ

While growing up in New Orleans, Anna Gonzalez was exposed to the music, art   and wonderful cuisine of French Quarter. During High school she played her flute in the Mardi Gras marching bands, a quintessential New Orleans experience. “After marching in a parade you’re exhausted, but the adrenalin rush goes on for hours,” she explains.  Anna attended Delgado College in New Orleans and sang in the college jazz band. Later she lived in Europe for five years where she earned her living working for a London art dealer and working as a session / jazz vocalist. In 2010 Anna returned home to Louisiana to study history at the University of New Orleans. She is pursuing a Masters in History, writing a dissertation on legendary New Orleans artist Enrique Alferez.

Anna’s historic interests include French and Spanish Creole culture, New Orleans Jazz, architecture, cemeteries, culinary history and artists of New Orleans. Anna is also a painter who loves to depict the architecture and wetlands of Louisiana. When she is not giving historic tours she can sometimes be found painting on Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Her tours include French Quarter, Garden District, Music Tours, Culinary History Tours, City Tours, Scandalous Cocktail Tours, Plantation tours and Saint Louis Cemetery No.1.

 

 
 

NITA HEMETER

Nita Hemeter was a Medical Technologist in Microbiology for 30 plus years.  She became a tour guide in 2009 and has really enjoyed learning the history of New Orleans and meeting people from around the world.  Now semi retired she plays in two Traditional Jazz Bands, Some Like it Hot and Sweet Substitute Jazz Band.  Some Like it Hot performs every Sunday at the Buffa’s Jazz Brunch from 10:30am till 2pm. She spends her free time as a volunteer cat trapper, trapping, neutering and returning feral cats to their care-givers.  Spay and Neuter your pets please!  There are too many dogs and cats who end up in shelters.



 
 

TONY PAONE

Tony or Anthony (it’s pronounced “AntKnee” in New Orleans) was born in Italy but raised in the French Quarter,  is a professional tour guide intent on providing accurate information regarding the historical nuances of the City of New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana.  He is bilingual, fluent in Italian and American English. Tony is also a seasoned actor of screen and stage.  With years of experience and excellent reviews, he is poised to conduct well informed tours of:  Cemetery/Voodoo, French Quarter, Scandal Cocktail Hour, Haunted, City, and Music Tours.  One of his online review reads: “Great guide made all the difference.”

I learned a great deal in 2 hours about the history of new Orleans, funeral practices, medical practices of the past and religious and spiritual history of the City. Our guide, Tony, was amazing and as I eavesdropped on a few other tours as they went by, I could tell that we were getting a much better tour than others. We did this tour early in our visit to New Orleans, and it informed us throughout our stay.  
(Visited May 2016)

 

 
 
  NIJI RINALDI

Niji Rinaldi's passions include the arts, the environment, history and culture. Originally from Puerto Rico, Niji moved to New Orleans in the early eighties to attend University. Niji fell in love with New Orleans immediately after she began to notice its similarities to her home town-  the architecture, food, music, carnival, festivals, the general attitude and way of being.  Niji is an accomplished photographer specializing in New Orleans culture.

Following two college degrees, various certificates, and 35 years later, Niji has come full circle. She became a licensed New Orleans tour guide five years ago, today continues to explore New Orleans history, and loves to share her knowledge with people. Niji is bilingual and can give tours in English and Spanish.

 

 
 

DAVE THOMAS

Dave Thomas has been a tour guide since April of 2011.  He has experience with and loves doing a variety of walking tours (French Quarter, Garden District, food, cocktail, cemeteries, …) and selected specialty tours.  He also has extensive experience with a number of different city (bus) tours and acts as a Tour Manager/Leader for several group tours each year.

His particular interest and specialty is music history.  He has designed different music history tours for a number of different companies, teaches New Orleans jazz history at the Delgado tour guide class, and is the primary trainer for the local Tauck guides on their Ken Burns Jazz Journey tours in New Orleans.  Dave is also a traditional jazz drummer and instructor.



 
 

CLAUDINE VALLIERES

Claudine Vallieres hails from Montreal, Canada, where she earned a PhD in Anthropology specializing in Archaeology. Since earning her degree she taught Anthropology at universities in Indiana, Florida and finally Louisiana, which became her home and where she currently teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Her love of teaching about culture and history translates seamlessly into giving guided tours of New Orleans. Claudine is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

 
       
         
 
 

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