From Deanna Betschart, Creole researcher:
Most of us are ordinary people whose lives make a difference to those closest to us, but there are certain people whose life’s experiences keep pushing them past the boundaries of ordinary and wind up affecting so many more people than they ever anticipated. Thank you, Mary, for being that kind of person and for pursuing your curiosity.
From Dr. Gina Macdonald, American Studies Conference Coordinator
Your presentation “Researching and Publishing about the Free People of Color in Louisiana” [at Nicholls State University] stunned your audience with its professionalism, clear logic, detailed examples and honest commitment to scholarly approach…. We only wish we could have included our student body and more of our faculty in the experience.
From Steve Lanusse Siegel, Creole researcher:
I feel Mary’s book [The Free People of Color of New Orleans] and information (especially her very easy access and always outpouring of information) has been such an enormous help to some of us. I know I’m not alone or the first to say this, but she is awesome!
From Dorinda Root, “Dialogue” newsletter:
This book [A History of Women in New Orleans] doesn’t just belong in women’s studies classes. It belongs in our high school classrooms as a supplement to Louisiana history courses. There is a sense of self-power here that women can do great things. The sooner all women realize that the better.
From Valerie Bassett, tourist:
I bought this book in New Orleans … after hearing about the voodoo history of the French Quarter on a walking tour…. It is short – a brief scan across the centuries –but fascinating. A great lens onto a whole different narrative and view of America. I recommend it highly.
From Karlene Faith, Simon Fraser University, Canada:
I wish to thank you for the wonderful walking tour [Great Women of New Orleans] you gave a group of us… your tour surpassed my expectations…. You’re a wonderful guide and the whole experience was memorable. Thanks.
Books by Mary Gehman
Historian and author Mary Gehman has written and published four of her own books: Women and New Orleans: A History (1988); The Free People of Color of New Orleans: An Introduction (1994); Touring Louisiana's Great River Road: From Angola North to Venice South (2003); and Cardy the Cardinal Finds a Home in Donaldsonville, a children's book illustrated by local folk artist Alvin Batiste (2017). She is currently working on a book about the Louisiana Creole migration to Mexico in the mid-to-late 1800s.
The first two books are available through Crescent City Books, 230 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130: (504) 524-4997 or email@example.com. The second two are out of print.