Heart of Louisiana: Southern Food and Beverage Museum

  Heart of Louisiana: Live oak arboretum

  Heart of Louisiana: Cajun French Music Hall of Fame

  Heart of Louisiana: The SS New York

  Heart of Louisiana: Jim Bowie

  Heart of Louisiana: Bluebonnet Swamp

  Heart of Louisiana: Rosenwald School in Donaldsonville

  Heart of Louisiana: Longue Vue House and Gardens

  Heart of Louisiana: Fish Hatchery

Heart of Louisiana: Amede Ardoin

  Heart of Louisiana: Biking the Beast

  HOL: Native American mounds

  Heart of Louisiana: Finding Our Roots African American Museum

  Heart of Louisiana: Southwest Louisiana O-Gauge Model Railroad Club

  Heart of Louisiana: D.I.’s Cajun Restaurant

  Heart of Louisiana: Cajun Christmas

A Christmas display in downtown Morgan City got a major upgrade this year with help from Hollywood. An Emmy Award-winning special effects artist has turned the town’s landmark shrimp boat into Christmas on the bayou.

  Heart of Louisiana: Slidell’s vintage soda shop

The Old Town Soda Shop in Slidell is a time capsule full of sweet, frozen treats and fond memories.

  Heart of Louisiana: New Roads Pecans

If you're planning on enjoying a pecan pie for the holidays, there are plenty of Louisiana-grown pecans at the market. Many of those come from orchards along False River in Pointe Coupee Parish.

  Heart of Louisiana: H.J. Smith and Sons Hardware Store

It’s a really old hardware store that first opened its doors just 10 years after the Civil War. But H.J. Smith and sons in Covington is still open, and today its shelves are a mix of household needs and museum pieces.

  Heart of Louisiana: Old Politics

Following such a divisive election, we thought we’d spend some time with a politician that almost anyone can like, no matter their party affiliation. He’s been in office longer than many of us have been alive.

  Heart of Louisiana: Musician Benjamin Bruce, grandson of Cajun country music legend

Sometimes our family interests or talents can skip a generation. That’s what happened to Cajun country music legend Vin Bruce of Lafourche Parish. It was his grandson he finally shared the stage with.

  Heart of Louisiana: Longleaf Pine

After opening in the 1950s, Hodges Gardens in West Louisiana became a state park a decade ago. But budget cuts forced its closure. Now the scenic property has a new mission: bringing back a Louisiana longleaf pine forest.

  Heart of Louisiana: Driftwood Art

What may look like worthless pieces of driftwood to most of us conjure up images of animals and faces to a folk artist in the Assumption Parish town of Pierre Part.

  Heart of Louisiana: Tunica Language

It’s been more than a half century since anyone could speak the language of Louisiana’s Tunica-Biloxi tribe. But thanks to the notes and recordings of early linguists, the tribal leaders are now teaching their language in hopes of bringing it back to life.

  Heart of Louisiana: How the city of Sulphur got its name

Today, this Southwest Louisiana city is in the middle of a massive petrochemical complex. But a century ago, it was home to sulfur mining.

  Heart of Louisiana: Playing the Staircase

Perhaps the most dominant feature of the Hammond Regional Arts Center is a white staircase that cuts through the middle of a historic downtown building. That staircase has become the stage for a series of concerts by area singer-songwriters.

  Heart of Louisiana: David Crockett Fire House

A South Louisiana fire department holds the distinction of being the oldest volunteer fire department in the country,.

  Heart of Louisiana: Land Speed Record

Back in the early 1960s, car designers and drivers were pushing the limits of speed and setting land speed records at the Bonneville salt flats in Utah. One of those record-breakers was Knot Farrington of New Orleans, who just celebrated his 99th birthday.

  Heart of Louisiana: The Gardens of Chef John Folse

One South Louisiana chef has the perfect answer for anyone who wants to know the meaning of Creole food. It’s a history lesson that credits seven different nations for the rich flavors of South Louisiana cooking.

  Heart of Louisiana: New Orleans Jazz Museum

In the city where jazz was born, you can see and hear its history in an expanded state museum. The old U.S. Mint, now the New Orleans Jazz Museum, features live performances along with treasured jazz artifacts.

  Heart of Louisiana: 1-room schoolhouse in Ponchatoula

Back in the 1800s, it was not unusual find one-room school houses, especially in rural communities. There's one that's been saved and turned into a museum in Ponchatoula.

  Heart of Louisiana: Rice Mill

Louisiana is the nation's third-largest producer of rice, but the state makes a claim to having America's oldest operating rice mill.

  Heart of Louisiana: The Roots of Music

There's a group of school kids who are part of the musical tradition of marching brass bands in New Orleans.

  Heart of Louisiana: John Moisant

Since it opened more than 70 years ago, Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans has kept a strong tie with one of America's early aviation pioneers.

  Heart of Louisiana: Paddling Lake Martin

One of the most relaxing ways to experience the natural beauty of Louisiana is to tour a swamp in a kayak. One of the most beautiful places to paddle is Lake Martin.

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