MARY LOU WIDMER, a native of New Orleans, is a certified descendant of the area's settlers prior to the Louisiana Purchase. She is a member of the Louisiana Colonials and the Daughters of 1812.
Joan B. Garvey was a New Orleans public school teacher and administrator and taught New Orleans History and Tour Guiding at the University of New Orleans. She has been a guide for Smithsonian Southern Tours and co-authored Louisiana: The First 300 Years.
Editors KATHY SPIESS and KAREN WILDENFELS are the owners of the Tale of Two Sisters bookstore in Covington, Louisiana.