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.


Courtesy of the Robert E. Bogan Fire Museum Collection of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library

The Fire Museum is a tribute to Baton Rouge’s firefighting past more

Jan 24, 2018 2:22 PM People & Places


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Megan Barra creates works of art from fabric she sews by hand more

Dec 22, 2017 10:20 AM Visual & Performing Arts


Cheryl Gerber

Lilian Hovey-King kept her family going during the Depression by mixing and selling perfumes, at first from home and later from a shop in the French Quarter. more

Nov 22, 2017 11:45 AM People & Places


Lucie Monk Carter

Larry Ruth shares a passion for Louisiana art at his new gallery more

Oct 25, 2017 12:10 PM Visual & Performing Arts


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On the way to Camelot, JFK stopped in Crowley more

Sep 26, 2017 4:42 PM People & Places 1 Comments


Lucie Monk Carter

Lawson’s beaded piano Temptation is currently in residence at Cocha Restaurant in Baton Rouge. It’s been on the move for twenty years. more

Aug 24, 2017 3:06 PM People & Places


Courtesy Kit Almerico

Seventy years on a motorcycle and counting for Norco-born doctor more

Jul 25, 2017 10:03 AM Outdoor Adventures


Photo by Alexandra Kennon

Ja'el Gordon's love of history has led her to take an unpopular stance more

May 23, 2017 12:00 AM History 1 Comments


Lucie Monk Carter

A new documentary revisits Baton Rouge’s vital punk scene more

Apr 21, 2017 4:32 PM People & Places 2 Comments

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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 1 Comments

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 1 Comments

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