Arts

Charles Willson Peale: Artist of the American Revolution

Chester, Maryland

A man of the times, Charles Willson Peale rose from poverty not only to participate in the birth of a nation but to paint its portrait along the way

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Three

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; Itawamba County, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama

Rebels, musical visionaries, but still country girls at heart, the women who built country music took their own paths to success

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Two

Butcher Hollow, KY; Winchester, VA; McMinnville, TN

These country music icons paved the way with each teardrop and heartbreak they sang

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part One

Hot Springs, AR; Scott County, VA; Nashville, TN

More than pretty faces and sweet Southern voices, these influential guitarists and hardworking performers showed the world of country music that women musicians could hold their own

Gone with the Wind—After How Many Years?

Atlanta, Georgia

We’re betting you’ve seen the epic movie, but have you ever read the book? Writer Ben House thinks it’s time to ’fess up.

Beauty in the Battlements: Confederate Artist Conrad Wise Chapman

Hampton, Virginia

Largely forgotten following the South’s defeat, Conrad Wise Chapman left an extraordinary legacy in the form of thirty-one war-time paintings

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

Social Aid and Brass Parades: The Ever-Evolving Traditions of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

The joyous, raucous, and colorful sounds of the second line parade are still on the move with a fascinating history and a hopeful future for the Crescent City

True Grit: A Western Set in Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fight the bad guys, rescue the girl, right the wrongs, and tame the frontier—you don’t have to go any further than Arkansas to find a West wild enough for a blockbuster story

Beyond Mardi Gras: Festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Don’t wait for Mardi Gras to roll around once a year; there’s plenty of festival fun in New Orleans year-round

Just When You Thought You Knew a Southern Accent, Dere’s Yat

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of a dozen dialects that spill from the mouths of NOLA natives, this “who-dat” language of the Big Easy has some surprising connections

First Fruits: The French Market Creole Tomato Fest

New Orleans, Louisiana

Great-tasting, heat-tolerant, high-yielding, and meatier-than-average, this is one tomato that knows well how to let the good times roll