Caroline Gerdes

For 125 years, National Geographic writers have travelled around the world and lived the adventure.  Their stories provide glimpses into exciting, stunning and sometimes dangerous places.  The world’s best-known magazine received the 2013 National Magazine Award for General Excellence in its quasquicentennial year. To celebrate more than a century of expeditions, National Geographic is hosting...

After graduating from literature and anthropology programs at Oxford and Cambridge, Emily Ainsworth’s surprising next step was to run away to the Mexican circus. While performing as dancer “Princess Aurora,” Ainsworth photographed the expedition as a National Geographic Young Explorer.  She continued to travel the world photographing subcultures and allowing us to see these experiences...

After graduating from literature and anthropology programs at Oxford and Cambridge, Emily Ainsworth’s surprising next step was to run away to the Mexican circus. While performing as dancer “Princess Aurora,” Ainsworth photographed the expedition as a National Geographic Young Explorer.  She continued to travel the world photographing subcultures and allowing us to see these experiences...

This fall, the National Geographic Society is celebrating its fifth silver anniversary … Or two diamonds and a wood? For those of you unfamiliar with traditional gifts, that is 125 years of the golden rectangle. National Geographic Live, the events and live performance division of National Geographic, has decided to celebrate this quasquicentennial by remembering...

This fall, the National Geographic Society is celebrating its fifth silver anniversary … Or two diamonds and a wood? For those of you unfamiliar with traditional gifts, that is 125 years of the golden rectangle. National Geographic Live, the events and live performance division of National Geographic, has decided to celebrate this quasquicentennial by remembering...

This fall, the National Geographic Society is celebrating its fifth silver anniversary … Or two diamonds and a wood? For those of you unfamiliar with traditional gifts, that is 125 years of the golden rectangle. National Geographic Live, the events and live performance division of National Geographic, has decided to celebrate this quasquicentennial by remembering...

  I spent the better part of my first year as a college graduate living in the past.  No, not missing college — well maybe a little — but recording living memory of the Ninth Ward through a National Geographic Young Explorers grant. I recorded the evolution of this historic neighborhood from its immigrant foundation...

  I spent the better part of my first year as a college graduate living in the past.  No, not missing college — well maybe a little — but recording living memory of the Ninth Ward through a National Geographic Young Explorers grant. I recorded the evolution of this historic neighborhood from its immigrant foundation...

Why do Louisianans eat these weird looking things? It isn’t spring in Louisiana without an inaugural crawfish boil. Crawfish (not crayfish) season spans from March to June. Louisiana spring festivities are marked with Crawfish.  I can’t imagine Easter and May graduation parties without it. Farming, however, has extended crawfish season year-round — though locals usually abide...

  There was a package waiting for me on the doorstep last week. It hadn’t travelled a great distance, just from one end of New Orleans to the other. It was from one of my oral history subjects. Now, this was not uncommon. In the 50 or so I interviews I conducted, I gained 50...

“Mardi Gras” is almost synonymous with “New Orleans.” From the parades and the food to the music and the costumes, its imagery is recognized around the world. While part of a wider cultural celebration of festivity before the beginning of the Christian penitential season of Lent, Mardi Gras is still an event all its own....

  Some may picture Mardi Gras as a wild celebration — suited for tail chasing, party animals. They would be right. But only in the case of the Mystic Krewe Barkus, New Orleans most prestigious dog Mardi Gras celebration. Barkus will host its 21st annual parade this Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m.  Both bipeds...

  In New Orleans, when the winter holiday season comes to a close, the party has only just begun. Louisiana actually observes three holiday seasons in a row.  The first spans from Thanksgiving to New Years. Then, the 12th  Day of Christmas, January 6 — also known as Epiphany or King’s Day — kicks off...

Being on the naughty list and not having a chimney are typical childhood concerns on Christmas. The most common question, “How will Santa find my house?” has a solution in Cajun country. It is a Christmas Eve tradition in the Louisiana river parishes to light the way for St. Nick, or Papa Noel, with large...

Sitting in Jane Sedgebeer’s renovated post-Katrina home, adorned with New Orleans memorabilia and photos of grandchildren, one can easily forget how the house looked in August 2005. But, the drive to this interview was quite literally rocky. The streets in Lakeview and other communities are still unrepaired after Hurricane Katrina.  Broken pavement rocks passing cars and...