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New Orleans Voices

Our City Talks Back

The History of Mississippi River Steamboats

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Changing the Face of Homelessness

New Orleans Mission Annual Gala

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Broadmoor meets Mexico at Broad and Napoleon

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Southern Rep Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary

And opens its season with “Airline Highway,” which was nominated for four Tony awards.

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Camp Bow Wow brings doggie day care to Mid-City

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Fore! Recovery Golf Tournament

Bridge House / Grace House tees up to make a difference for New Orleanians dependent on alcohol or drugs.

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Ancestors of Congo Square

and the legacy of African Art for New Orleans

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How you can help make a difference.

With the United Way of Southeast Louisiana

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In times of devastation: Archbishop Hannan’s thoughts on community and rebuilding

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City Year New Orleans: 10 years and 4,200 students later…

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Flag Queen of New Orleans!

An Interview with Kelly A. Pearson

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70 Years of Cutting Hair on Oak Street

An Interview with Bud Adams, Part 2

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Bill Capo: Esteemed newsman presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

Capo receives The Press Club of New Orleans' Lifetime Achievement Award

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Master Plan Amendments

You can help shape New Orleans’ future and yours.

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Bud Adams: 70 years of cutting hair

“I don’t cut hair to make a living, I cut hair to live”

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New Orleans Voices

Our City Talks Back

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Craig Kraemer grew up in New Orleans on Lowerline Street, across from the Carrollton Cemetery. As a child, he watched countless Jazz Funerals wind their way into the cemetery long before Jazz Funerals became cool. He remembers Hurricane Betsy and Mayor Vic Schiro’s famous quote to panicked citizens: “...don’t believe any false rumors unless they come from me...”

 

Kraemer lives now in Faubourg Saint John near picturesque Bayou St. John. (He prefers the term "faubourg" to"neighborhood" to reflect his pride in New Orleans’ French heritage.) Although his father’s family was originally from Germany, Kraemer’s ancestors—who established the town of Kraemer, Louisiana— adopted Cajun culture and traditions. His mother's family came straight from Paris to settle in New Orleans.

 

Kraemer's day job is as a videographer and graphic designer for his company, Kraemer Advertising. Kraemer's ongoing projects include filming productions for the New Orleans Opera, and symposiums and events for the Historic New Orleans Collection. In addition, he provides a variety of web videos and other film and graphic services for corporate and business clients. Kraemer's love for history and tradition have led him to recently open a new business: CK Digital Memories. This unique service allows Kraemer to apply his skills as an award-winning documentarian, film editor and visual designer to film and produce very personal and comprehensive Family History Video Documentaries for discerning clients. These broadcast quality productions capture the life stories of traditionalists who value their family legacies and heritages.

 

Kraemer’s clients understand the importance of preserving family history and achievements. They put high value on their history and want lasting video tributes to share their family pride with generations to come. In his work, Kraemer films clients as they recount family stories and share personal reminiscences. He then edits the video to include photographs and home movies the family provides. To add richness and ambiance, Kraemer adds music selections that relate to the stories and their eras, and includes photo images of cherished heirlooms or objects that have special family meaning. The result is a unique family chronicle, an enduring testament to a family’s continuing heritage. 

 

Kraemer started his New Orleans Podcasting site as a community service four months following Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was in dire need of positive stories after the massive devastation of the storm. The national media were taking care of the negative stories. However, those who had stayed through Katrina, who were still in the city or who had just returned were eager to talk about the good things that were happening, however small they were. Kraemer’s weekly podcast interviews provided much needed injections of hope as they regularly highlighted positive stories throughout the city. Today, Kraemer continues to gather positive and unique stories to inform locals and the world about the wonderful place we call home.

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