Emily Glaser

A native of North Carolina, Emily graduated from Davidson College in 2012 and immediately embarked on a years-long Californian adventure. With an undying habit of threading Southernisms into conversation and an aversion to eternal sunshine, she knew she would never feel at home in San Diego. And so Emily returned to the South. She now lives in her favorite town in America, Asheville, where she delights in antiquing, discovering coffee shops, and exploring the real outdoors—without all those palm trees.

The Poinsettia’s Southern Progenitor

Greenville, South Carolina

When Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American diplomat and botanist on assignment in Mexico, first sighted a roadside poinsettia in 1828, he immediately sent cuttings back to his greenhouse in Greenville. The rest is history.

Slow and Low: The Original South Carolina Barbecue

South Carolina

Every Southern state tries to claim the title of Best Barbecue, but in South Carolina the proof is in the facts. With the longest history and the largest variety of sauces, SC is the uncontested capital of slow and low barbecue.

Citrus Christmas: A Sweet Southern Tradition

For generations, stretching back further than our history books, we Southerners have filled our Christmas stockings with sweet, seasonal citrus. But why?

Cold Turkey: Turkey Shoots, a Southern Autumnal Tradition

Beaufort, South Carolina

The shooting of actual turkeys expired long ago—their heads replaced with paper targets—but the shoot-out remains a tradition across America, especially in South Carolina’s low country

The Search for Scarlett

Atlanta, Georgia

We all associate Scarlett O’Hara with the raven curls and feline grin of Vivien Leigh, but the visage of our most famous belle was almost a different one entirely

Helen Keller and Her Dogs

Tuscumbia, Alabama

“Nobody, who is not blind, as much as they may love their pet, can know what a dog’s love really means”

Kate Freeman Clark: One Woman, Two Lives—and a Thousand Works of Art

Holly Springs, Mississippi

When Kate Freeman Clark died in 1957, few in Holly Springs even remembered she had once been an artist—and then the paintings started showing up

Out of the Miry Clay: The Inspiring Story of Augusta Savage

Green Cove Springs, Florida

With the wet clay she was given, she molded and shaped a life of her own choosing—regardless the accepted societal convention of the day

Faster ’n Fish: The Swimming Scientist’s Record Tennessee River Swim

Paducah, Kentucky

Collecting both data and attention, German professor Andreas Fath set the world record for swimming the Tennessee—from Knoxville to Paducah

36,159 Days and Counting: Katherine Johnson and the Math of NASA

Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

When the first US astronaut orbited the earth over a half-century ago, this was the woman who ran the numbers for him to make sure he could get back home

Chatype: Designing America’s First City Typeface

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From lemonade stands to city brochures, Chattanooga now has a unique look to its signature

Secret City USA: Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Nearly overnight this east Tennessee town of 75,000 sprang up, complete with schools, churches, and theaters—and a top-secret project that would change the world