On any given day, Anna Marie Cahill, Class of 2013, may find herself giving a tour of the historic Cabildo or writing up a contract for a film crew to shoot footage in Jackson Square. Although there is no true definition of an average day as the Event Coordinator for the Louisiana State Museums, she has found a theme that runs through her role, which is the pride she feels in sharing the history, culture and unique characteristics of our city with both locals and tourists alike.
After graduating from LSU in 2017 with a degree in Political Science, Anna Marie worked for Lieutenant Governor Nungesser on the seafood board, promoting the cultural and economic aspects of our local seafood industry. Now as an employee of the Louisiana State Museum, which is comprised of eleven sites, five of which are in New Orleans, Anna Marie is excited about new ways in which she can connect people with the unique history and vibrant culture of our city.
While COVID has dramatically reduced the number and types of events that are currently allowed at the museum locations, Anna Marie has had the opportunity to explore them in depth and often finds ties back to her Sacred Heart community.
“Many times when I am working with wedding groups, there is a tie back to ASH, whether that be from the engaged couple or with photographers who have worked there and tell me how much they love the space.”
Sometimes the ties back to ASH are even more direct. Among the Katrina collection in the Presbytere Museum is the room known as “The Resilience Room,” which features video footage of Sacred Heart students from 2006. Many of the Upper School students at that time gathered for a rally in Jackson Square to call for better levee protection in the city in an event organized by Shawn Holahan, mother of two Sacred Heart alumnae (Bridget Svenson ’08 and Charlotte Svenson ’10).
“It was amazing to be walking through this exhibit and watch this footage of the Sacred Heart girls before me, in their plaid skirts, and know that this event is a documented part of our city’s history on display for so many to share. I’m always proud to represent Sacred Heart in this role and especially love when there is an ASH connection with one of our events. If you haven’t seen the museums since you came on a field trip, I would encourage you to come visit - it’s an amazing historical collection that many of our own locals don’t realize is in their backyard.”