LSU grad recording history of 9th Ward

Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes

A young researcher with family roots in New Orleans’ 9th Ward is seeking people who lived in the community between 1920 and 1960 for an oral history project financed by National Geographic. Caroline Gerdes, a recent LSU graduate, will record stories of the 9th Ward at Grace Lutheran Church in Lakeview on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gerdes is doing the research with a Young Explorers grant from the National Geographic Society. The program gives grants to young people interested in research, exploration and conservation.

“My objective for collecting these histories is to create a historical record of the community and to tell the full story of the 9th Ward, from the neighborhood’s immigrant origins onward,” Gerdes said.