Ruth Laney


Ruth Laney’s work has appeared in national magazines including Family Circle, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Travel & Leisure. She is a stringer for People magazine. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, she has covered major sports competitions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (including several Olympics), for magazines, wire services, and newspapers. She wrote and coproduced the television documentary Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories, which won an award from the National Association for State and Local History and was shown at the New Orleans and Orinda (California) film festivals. She is at work on a book, Cherie Quarters: The Place and the People, about the community where Gaines grew up, which is the setting for his fiction. She writes the Country Roads column Antiquarians, about people who are in love with the past. She looks for subjects consumed by a passion for history and a desire to inhabit the mysterious realm of the long-ago. She lives in Baton Rouge, where she collects Louisiana books and art, textiles, watermelon tchotchkes, and cobalt-blue glass.

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An excerpt from John Waddill's diaries

Liz Brazelton's family heirlooms detail the freeing of Solomon Northup more

Mar 23, 2017 1:42 PM People & Places

Naomi Flowers and Dudley Gattis

Photo by Jeffrey Dubinsky

Buying an old house led Dudley Gattis to unearth its scandalous past and befriend a 102-year-old lady more

Feb 22, 2017 3:20 PM House & Home

Decatur at Ursuline

Photo by Laura Denyes. Painting by Martha Wright Ambrose.

Scott Veazey bought an old house and discovered an art collection more

Jan 23, 2017 12:24 PM Visual & Performing Arts 1 Comments


Kim Ashford

How handwritten letters (and the pack rats who save them) might just preserve us from “the Digital Dark Age” more

Dec 22, 2016 4:12 PM History

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British writer Martin Hawkins examines the life of legendary musician Slim Harpo in a new biography more

Nov 22, 2016 1:17 PM Visual & Performing Arts 1 Comments


Brent Wallace

Memories of serving three U.S. presidents as a steward on Air Force One more

Oct 24, 2016 11:06 AM History

Costume Designer Crystal Brown

Photo by Jeffrey Dubinsky

Theatre Baton Rouge costume designer Crystal Brown uses skills that are entirely self taught more

Sep 27, 2016 11:24 AM Visual & Performing Arts


Photo by Jeffrey Dubinsky

Combining legal and genealogical research skills to unpuzzle the past more

Aug 29, 2016 12:00 AM History

1933 LSU Track Team

Photos courtesy of LSU Athletic Communications

Vaulting to glory at one historic meet more

Jul 22, 2016 12:00 AM People & Places

A Newcomb Oil Lamp

Photo by Kim Ashford

Finding treasures in unlikely places and the people who know what to look for. more

Jun 27, 2016 12:00 AM House & Home


Photos by Kim Ashford

Eight artists who just wanted to exhibit contemporary art more

May 23, 2016 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


Photo by Charles Champagne

A portrait of the Baton Rouge artist as a young man more

Apr 26, 2016 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


Photos by Lucie Monk Carter

A wilderness of flowers in Old South Baton Rouge more

Mar 23, 2016 12:00 AM House & Home

Forgotten Flight

Photo by William Belanger Hart. Copyright Douglas L Villien, Sr. courtesy of Dr. Paul O. Villien, Sr. Private Collection.

Douglas Villien inherited a photo album with unique images of Baton Rouge in the early 1900s more

Feb 23, 2016 12:00 AM History


Photo by Howard Brainen

Celebrating zydeco king Clifton Chenier more

Jan 26, 2016 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


Photos by Charles Champagne

Never too many beads for Jane Olson-Phillips more

Dec 22, 2015 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


Photo courtesy Gwen Roland

Gwen Roland’s first novel draws on stories her grandmother told her more

Nov 23, 2015 12:00 AM Literature


Photo by Charles Champagne

Artist Doug Bourgeois finds inspiration in his collections of Elvis, Jesus, and plastic Easter chicks more

Oct 28, 2015 12:00 AM Visual & Performing Arts


Photo by Charles Champagne

Fairleigh Cook Jackson now helms the Foundation for Historical Louisiana more

Oct 26, 2015 12:00 AM People & Places


Photos by Lucie Monk

Two bicycling enthusiasts hope to see more join their ranks more

Sep 22, 2015 12:00 AM People & Places

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