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.

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

See Rock City: The Greatest Ad Campaign in the South

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Between God and his wife, they had come up with a fantastic creation—now all he had to do was figure out how to get folks to come see it

The Devil’s Backbone: Early Days on the Natchez Trace

Natchez, Mississippi

We Americans don’t have many ancient landmarks to our names—but there is always the Natchez Trace

Big Jean’s River Road Re-Mix: The Comeback Kid of Sunflower County

Ruleville, Mississippi

A family-run, home-cookin’, old-fashioned diner is a centerpiece of most Southern towns—thanks to Jean Wilkins, Ruleville has got theirs back

Where the Hearth Is: The Historic Homes of Natchez, Mississippi (Part One)

Natchez, Mississippi

Today the historic architecture of Natchez on the Mississippi is unsurpassed as a testament to the beauty of bygone plantation culture

Vollis Simpson and the Whirligig Wonders of Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina

In North Carolina at least, one man’s junk may well be another man’s hand-crafted creation-in-waiting