Our “Vue” Relies on You!
More vibrant than ever, Longue Vue House and Gardens serves as one of New Orleans’ premier educational and cultural resources. Inspired by our humanitarian and artistic legacy, Longue Vue’s mission is to be a leader in the advancement of innovative thought, creative expression and life-long learning, and to engage our resources and exceptional setting to stimulate discussion and action on issues of social justice and community responsibility.
Your generosity enables Longue Vue to share our rich cultural and civic history with the public, creating meaningful connections and ensuring Longue Vue remains a source of inspiration and education for all to enjoy. Gifts may be directed to the following funds:
- The Living Collections Fund
You and your family, business, or club can play a role in the plantings at Longue Vue by supporting our gardens, which require constant care to maintain their continuous displays of color and exuberant f flower varieties. Your gift to the “Living Collections” Fund enables the purchase of tulip bulbs, new saplings, fish for the goldfish pond, and the maintenance of Longue Vue’s Iris Walk.
- The Preservation and Restoration Fund
Longue Vue and our community have been charged with the care and conservation of our National Historic Landmark estate, of which there are only 2,500 in the United States. Gifts to this fund enable Longue Vue’s dedicated maintenance team to carry out historic structure and garden repairs necessitated by time, exposure, public use, and natural disasters. Preservation projects in 2014 included painting, polishing and cleaning exterior and interior elements of the Main House, the refurbishment of the Whim House to its original state as the Sterns’ guest house, the refurbishment of the Playhouse parquet and Oak floors, and the refurbishment of the Master Bedroom in the Main House including the reproduction and installation of the original wallpaper. Your 2015 gift will enable Longue Vue to properly maintain the estate by conforming to the maintenance schedule set forth in LongueVue’s “Historic Structures Report”, funded by the Getty Foundation and adopted following Hurricane Katrina. In addition to ongoing maintenance, Longue Vue’s aging HVAC system (which cools or heats 26,000 cubic feet daily) must be replaced and the house’s unique original clock system must be repaired in order for it to again function.
- The Discovery Garden Fund
Many of Longue Vue’s educational programs for children take place in our unique “hands-on” Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden, which was visited by over 6,000 children in 2014. This innovative half-acre learning garden features a giant sundial, working vegetable and herb gardens, a whimsical herb maze, compost bins, a worm dig, and a design garden in which children create their own gardens. Your contribution to this fund will enable Longue Vue to maintain the interactive exhibitions and plantings, allowing family visitors and students to continue learning by experiencing our innovative “outdoor classroom.”
- The Education Fund
The Education Fund was established in 1999 to provide scholarships for underserved youth to participate in Longue Vue field trips and summer camp at no cost. Your contributions covered the cost of field trip admission for over 1,000 elementary and middle school students in 2014.
- Collections Funds
Longue Vue’s collection of more than 4,026 pieces of European, Asian, and American decorative and fine arts spans three centuries. Your contribution to this fund enables the Curatorial staff to ensure that objects in our collection are well-conserved and available for viewing, inspiration, and research.
- The Exhibition Fund
Your support will enable Longue Vue to continue serving as a viewing place for art-based collections, where ideas meet action, as discussions about art, design, culture, and activism are cultivated. Donations to this fund in 2014 provided support for TrailerMcQuilkin’s Wildflowers and Margaret Hull’s Intended Legacies exhibitions.
- Unrestricted Fund
Unrestricted Funds are used where most needed. Unrestricted Funds are vital to the financial strength of Longue Vue and sustain the museum’s mission, educational programs, conservation efforts, and operational needs.
Click here to donate. Donations may be given in recognition of a birthday or anniversary or in memory or in honor of a special person. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Contact Lydia Vaughn 504.293.4722 for additional information.