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LSU Libraries Exhibit

I donated my “Heart of the City, Eye of the Storm,” National Geographic funded oral history project to the Louisiana State University T. Harry Williams Center For Oral History. Through this partnership, several of my interviews were utilized for the LSU Libraries exhibit, “Tempests: Storms in the Archives.” The exhibit chronicles 200 years of hurricane and storm history in Louisiana, and I am honored to have contributed to such a significant collection. To listen to audio excerpts or browse the exhibit online, please visit the Tempests website.

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Published on National Geographic News

Today, I published my first article for National Geographic News. This is my first time being published by the main division of National Geographic, not a blog or off-shoot of the magazine. The article, “Hurricane Katrina Turned My Family’s Odds and Ends Into Heirlooms” was written to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and discusses my family’s personal Katrina experience.

Photo by Julie Gerdes Becnel

Photo by Julie Gerdes Becnel

 

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National Geographic Traveler Nederland Interview

When I rode on a Mardi Gras float in 2013 for Nat Geo. Photo by Emily Slack

When I rode on a Mardi Gras float in 2013 for Nat Geo. Photo by Emily Slack

I was recently interviewed by National Geographic Nederland about Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It was an honor to discuss my New Orleans research and hometown observances in an international travel magazine. To read the original Dutch interview, click here. For Google Translate’s English version of the article, click here.

Happy Carnival! 

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Did you catch Big Cat Week?

Last week, National Geographic Magazine promoted my National Geographic Voices blog post promoting Big Cat Week on the National Geographic Channel.  The article was shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook and other forms of social media.

To read the post where I interviewed Big Cat photographer Steve Winter — who has shot for National Geographic and had his photos used by Apple during their Snow Leopard campaign — click here. For my full Voices, formerly News Watch, profile please visit: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/author/carolinegerdes/.

Photo by Steve Winter

Photo by Steve Winter

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