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.


Brian Pavlich

At 89, John Dupaquier has a regular gig with the Florida Street Blowhards more

Visual & Performing Arts

At a 1970 auction near Natchitoches, a church won back the portrait of its founder more



Lucie Monk Carter

A small group of volunteers makes a big impact for West Feliciana animals more

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Lucie Monk Carter

Mother and daughter create keepsake ledgers inspired by a family tradition more

People & Places


Lucie Monk Carter

Donney Rose has never hesitated to use his voice more

People & Places


Lucie Monk Carter

John Lawson creates collage portraits of iconic Baton Rouge bluesmen more

Visual & Performing Arts


Cheryl Gerber

Mariz Longoria’s collections make her uptown New Orleans house an unexpected pleasure more

People & Places


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

People & Places


Paul Kieu

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

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

People & Places


Lucie Monk Carter

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

Visual & Performing Arts


Reggie Family Archives

On the way to Camelot, JFK stopped in Crowley more

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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

People & Places


Courtesy Kit Almerico

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

Outdoor Adventures


Photo by Alexandra Kennon

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

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Lucie Monk Carter

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

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An excerpt from John Waddill's diaries

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

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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

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

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Kim Ashford

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