Oklahoma: The Sooner State
Settlers laying a claim sooner rather than later in the Land Rush of 1889 left behind a nickname and a legacy in the would-be state. ... Read More
Flying Above It All: The Story of Bessie Coleman
In the early days, women didn’t fly; and it was thought that a black woman never would. But all that was before Bessie Coleman came along. ... Read More
10 Interesting Facts About George Washington
While the larger-than-life man doesn’t live up to every legend surrounding his life and presidency, there are still plenty of fascinating facts about the Father of Our Country. ... Read More
Gainesville's Historic Pleasant Street Neighborhood
Segregated from the mainstream white areas, black American neighborhoods across the South developed into fully-formed townscapes, and there is no better example than Gainesville's beautiful Pleasant Street ... Read More
16 of the South's Most Beautiful Churches: Part One
Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture ... Read More

Oklahoma: The Sooner State

Oklahoma

Settlers laying a claim sooner rather than later in the Land Rush of 1889 left behind a nickname and a legacy in the would-be state.

Flying Above It All: The Story of Bessie Coleman

Atlanta, Texas

In the early days, women didn’t fly; and it was thought that a black woman never would. But all that was before Bessie Coleman came along.

10 Interesting Facts About George Washington

Mount Vernon, Virginia

While the larger-than-life man doesn’t live up to every legend surrounding his life and presidency, there are still plenty of fascinating facts about the Father of Our Country.

Gainesville’s Historic Pleasant Street Neighborhood

Gainesville, Florida

Segregated from the mainstream white areas, black American neighborhoods across the South developed into fully-formed townscapes, and there is no better example than Gainesville’s beautiful Pleasant Street

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part One

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; St. Augustine, FL; Macon, GA; Covington, KY; New Orleans, LA

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

Carolina Love Songs

North Carolina & South Carolina

Peppered among Billboard tunes about big cities and bustling sidewalks, you’ll find countless heartfelt odes to the beautiful lands of Caroline

Chasing Les Bon Temps on the Cajun Prairie with the Courir de Mardi Gras

Church Point, Louisiana

Get out of the city and come to the Cajun’s wild and colorful chicken-chasing Courir de Mardi Gras—where the good times roll in their own rollicking way

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Two)

Clarksville, VA; Murfreesboro, TN; Calvert County, MD; Lexington, KY

While they grew with roots deep in Southern soil, these First Ladies understood all too well that a title could not protect them from the hardships life dealt in Washington

Shotgun Houses

New Orleans, Louisiana

When land gets scarce, men get innovative.

Paddle Faster: A History of the Banjo

Despite its stereotype as a “hillbilly” instrument, the banjo’s history extends far beyond country music

John B. Hood: The Confederacy’s Gallant Failure

Franklin, Tennessee

Unquestionable bravery and battle field victories did not insure John B. Hood’s success when he commanded the Army of Tennessee

Black Traditions in the Architecture of the South

Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana

The architectural traditions of the American black community are a fascinating part of our collective history