We hold several fundraising events throughout the year!

Our most celebrated and attended events are our annual fundraising gala’s. Usually held at the end of the year, typically costume oriented and as always a roaring good time for all!


Chasing the Butterfly Man

NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Period costume ball opening "Chasing the Butterfly Man," an exquisite exhibition in the Cabildo with an aura of mystery

About this Event

The Louisiana Museum Foundation, the Louisiana State Museum, and Co-Chairs Jane Scott and Philip Hodges & Sweet and Ben Dupuypresent the Founders Ball 2019, at the Cabildo, featuring the opening of the exhibition, Chasing the Butterfly Man, and honoring the legacies of Joy Nalty Hodges and Patsy and Jack Holden.

The Butterfly Man man was an early cabinetmaker surrounded by an aura of mystery. While his legacy of exquisite armoires lives on and his cabinets still grace River Road plantation homes, to this day no one knows his identity.

For the first time ever, these magnificent privately owned pieces and other artifacts will be brought together in Chasing the Butterfly Man. The exhibit will also provide a glimpse into the life and times of post-Louisiana Purchase New Orleans as it presents the artisan-contenders, of whom one was most assuredly the mysterious Butterfly Man!

To play on this enchanting backdrop, the Founders Ball 2019 will be a period costumed affair, where guests will step back in time to meet the Butterfly Man contenders, brought to life for an evening of fun, food and free-flowing libations!

Your ticket includes: admittance to the period costume ball (Regency era ball attire or modern black-tie/gown), exquisite haute cuisine, live period- inspired entertainment, open top-shelf bars, the opportunity to view the exhibition before the public, and a fun-filled evening as you try to unravel the mystery of the Butterfly Man.

Early Bird tickets go on sale 8/15/2019 and end at midnight 8/31/2019


The Pontalba Exhibit at the Cabildo closes on October 13,2019,and we are excited to provide a few interactive performances honoring the Exhibit and the Baroness de Pontalba!

The Baroness Undressed-Limited engagement - only 3 performances, on the first Thursday of each month. August 1, September 5 and concluding on *October 3.
Featuring performing artist Diana E.H. Shortes, as she brings to life her original solo work "The Baroness Undressed." Offering a unique portrayal of the unbelievable true story of New Orleans own Micaela Almonester, better known as the infamous Iron Bird of Paradise:The Baroness de Pontalba.
The one-woman show will immerse the audience in a musical soundscape, melding recorded sound with live accompaniment while The Baroness, fashioned in her 19th century boudoir, dresses - then undresses - revealing her encounters with subjugation, tragedy, triumph and eventual self-realization.

Chasing the Butterfly Man to Pointe Coupee HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR

Maison Chenal/La Cour House and Holden Collection

Pat and Jack Holden will welcome you to Maison Chenal and the LaCour House. The couple is being honored at theLouisiana Museum Foundation's (LMF) Founders Ball"Chasing the Butterfly Man: The Search for a Lost New Orleans Cabinetmaker, 1810-1825, for their life's work of conserving and collecting Louisiana's material cultural heritage. Within the Holden Collection, you will have the opportunity to preview a key to the Butterfly Man armoire that will be featured in the exhibition in the Cabildo in November.

After our tour of the Holden's Collection, we will have lunch with a picturesque view overlooking the False River at Morel's Restaurant. Lunch is included in ticket price - Entree, dessert & soft drink or tea.

After purchasing your ticket (s) please call the LMF office at (504) 558-0493 or email us at info@thelmf.org, to let us know your lunch option by 4:00 p.m. Thursday september 12th. If we do not hear from you, we will have to choose an option for you. so that the restaurant can be prepared for our arrival.

Following lunch we will have an opportunity to tour the gardens at LeJeune House. This early 19th century plantation home's notable garden features the Francois Samson Oak, on the National Historic Register.

The final stop on the tour is the Pointe Coupee Museum, an architecturally significant and rare example of Creole log cabin construction.

Letters Read--Letters Read-A Narrative of Baroness de Pontalba

September 25th 6:30-7:30pm- Doors open 5:30pm
Free and open to the public-Must RSVP Via Eventbrite
One night only! Featuring Chris Kamenstein and Grace Kennedy who will engage in intimate conversations as Grace reads and Chris interprets the significance of the historical letters. Open Cash Bar

September 7, 2019-Country Road Supper Club “The Pontalba Experience”

What do mythical creatures, craft cocktails, a Creole aristocrat and a vengeful father-in-law have to do with the development of Jackson Square? A night of immersive theatre & Chef Dickie Brennan and his team from Tableau will present a delectable menu, leading guests deep into the culinary and cultural history of New Orleans. French-inspired Creole cuisine, cocktails, and wine pairings will be served in the company of mythical and aristocratic visitors from centuries gone by. This Supper Club's participants will slip into 19th century New Orleans—a time when the Pontalba and Almonester families plied their influence through philanthropy and design. The result? One of the most famous and important urban park spaces in America—Jackson Square.


Annual Dinner Meeting of the Membership at Antoine’s

  • Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

  • Location: 713 Saint Louis  Street ~ Japanese Room on the 2nd floor 

  • Cocktails 6:00 PM, followed by Dinner 7:00 PM, Meeting 8:00 PM

Lecture Series & Intimate Enemies Dinner at Tableau

  • Founders Ball Lecture Series. The Louisiana Museum Foundation and the Louisiana State Museum present three programs to accompany the: Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square exhibition.

  • Three lectures will be offered and introduced by, Randolph Delehanty, Ph.D., the Pontalba exhibition curator. Thursday, January 17, 2019. The first lecture in the series, The Making of The Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square Exhibition and Jackson Square in Its Urban Context. Thursday, February 7, 2019,Lecture (2) Afterimage-The second program will present two contemporary artists, Melissa Bonin & Andrea Mistretta and on Thursday, March 21, 2019 The Baroness de Pontalba’s Legacy in Paris: Guest-Candice Nancel, Cultural Heritage Manager, Embassy of the United States of America, Paris.

Intimate Dinner with Intimate Enemies-Thursday,March 21.7:30 -10:00 Join the us as we dine at Tableau with our host Joseph Xavier Celestin Delfau, Baron de Pontalba, after the Cabildo Pontalba lecture for a 3 course wine dinner** at Tableau, with special guests Candice Nancel, Cultural Asset Manager at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, and Micaela de Almonester Rojas de la Ronde, Baroness de Pontalba. While dining enjoy an immersive theater experience as the Baron de Pontalba (actor Mikko Macchione) discovers that his daughter-in-law, Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba (actress Diana Shortes) is on the guest list.

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018, we launched our inaugural Founders Ball hosted at the Cabildo celebrating Louisiana State Museum’s final tricentennial exhibition honoring New Orleans very own historical figures Don Andrés Almonester and his daughter, Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba.

A few of our past themes-that went down in his/herstory as smashing good times….

  • Mojitos at the Mint: A Latin Jazz Extravaganza

  • The Big Easy Speakeasy: An Arresting Experience with Jails, Jazz, and Bonnie and Clyde

  • The Battle of New Orleans Victory Ball-Cabildo

  • Silver and Centennial Celebration- Jackson Square

  • Jump, Jive, an Jazzin' ft. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - New Orleans Jazz Museum @ the Old U.S. Mint

  • Louisiana Museum Foundation’s first tricentennial event opening of Recovered Memories- Cabildo.