Mardi Gras 2016 is this Tuesday—laissez les bon temps rouler! This terrific post about Mardi Gras in the U.S. was written by Rebecca Sheehan, Ph.D., back in 2009. Dr. Sheehan is an associate professor of geography at Oklahoma State University. The French Quarter is the quintessential center of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and traditionally what people associate with the celebration. Here, debauchery is at … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Some Mardi Gras Thoughts and Memories
UNITED STATES Where did people go? Where are they coming from now? A new map shows where families relocated after the storm—and where new arrivals are coming from. (NOLA.com-The Times-Picayune) Get the basics on Hurricane Katrina here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. If the NOLA.com map isn’t working, this StoryMap is a terrific alternative. Be sure … Continue reading Mapping Migration after Hurricane Katrina
UNITED STATES Here are delicious recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). Dig in, then tell us your choices. (New York Times) Use our resources to get some ideas about how native and immigrant cultures shape “American food.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. … Continue reading The United States of Thanksgiving
FOOD Consider the cronut: With the looks of a doughnut and the inner workings of a croissant, this confectionary hybrid has become a near-global sensation since it debuted in New York City in May. (National Geographic News) Scroll down to VOTE for your favorite foodie mash-up! The cronut is a true geographic grocery treat, owing its culinary history to European bakers, Ottoman invaders, and an innate … Continue reading Crazy for Cronuts
The first day of bioblitz is officially here! As you’re reading this, National Geographic staff is descending upon Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in New Orleans, Louisiana to conduct a bioblitz, or biological inventory, alongside the National Park Service and more than one thousand volunteers. Lucky for me, I get to lead some of the visiting groups of local school kids on terrestrial inventories. … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Jean Lafitte?