Today we live in a world of rapid change and endless self-documentation. Through smartphones and social media, people have come to document their lives as they’re living them, amassing heaps of digital debris that are quickly forgotten. There was a time, though, when the recording of life’s events held a deeper significance, when cherished physical items served as a connective fabric between the past and the future. The 2021 New Orleans Antiques Forum will explore how southerners documented those special moments in time through various forms, including silver, ceramics, engravings, furniture, textiles, and more. This year’s forum will be a virtual event, with pre-recorded sessions and live Q&As. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and connect with noted experts as we celebrate the many different vessels of memory that give shape to our lives. This year, we’re bringing the New Orleans Antiques Forum to you! Each evening, starting Thursday, August 5, you’ll receive an email containing links to the next day’s prerecorded presentations. Watch the videos on your own, and the next day at 5 p.m. Central Time, we’ll gather live on Zoom to chat with each other and the experts and to discuss that day’s presentations.