We’re excited to share with you the fifteenth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Stephen Ambrose, Rosa Keller, Ruth Fertel, Nick Mueller, Walter Reed, and Andre Callioux.
Stephen E. Ambrose, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“He was kind of America’s historian. He personified what he loved most about America — this robust, muscular, positive man who was always so optimistic and had such enthusiasm for life.” — Broadcaster Tom Brokaw, on Stephen Ambrose (excerpt from Nola.com)
Rosa Keller, by Jessica Strahan
“She had great courage and determination and belief in her convictions. She went on and on. She was fearless, and, in her very ladylike Southern way, she got her message across, and people didn’t refuse her.” — Sybil Morial, on Rosa Keller (excerpt from Nola.com)
Ruth Fertel, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“We went out of our way to please customers. We spoiled them. One of our regular Sunday customers was operated on for his teeth and couldn’t bite into a steak. So I chopped his steak in the grinder, formed it into the same shape as before and served it to him. He was thrilled.” — Ruth Fertel, talking to Gregory K. Ericksen for his 1999 book “A Business of Their Own,” about women entrepreneurs (excerpt from Nola.com)
Nick Mueller, by Saegan Swanson
“We knew we’d hit the ball out of the park. We didn’t know we’d hit it out of the country.” — Gordon “Nick” Mueller, in a 2015 interview, discussing the museum’s success (excerpt from Nola.com)
Walter Reed, by Connie Kittok
“Louisiana and New Orleans, this summer, did what, so far as I remember, has never been done in the case of a similar epidemic of yellow fever in the United States. They took hold of it after it had started and when it had got well under way, and they controlled and conquered it without waiting for the frost to come.” — President Theodore Roosevelt, during an October 1905 visit to New Orleans (excerpt from Nola.com)
Captain Andre Cailloux, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“Both in life and in death, the strength and courage of Capt. Andre Cailloux, whose last name could be loosely translated as ‘the Rock,’ inspired and united people of African descent in their struggle for that new birth of freedom that Lincoln had so eloquently proclaimed.” — historian Stephen J. Ochs, in a 2013 article for The New York Times (excerpt from Nola.com)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.