For a one-time donation of $300 or $25/month for 12 months, you'll receive the "Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi" 2-DVD Set, Hardcover Coffee Table Book signed by Jay Dardenne and Carol M. Highsmith, and Limited Edition Print "Preservation Hall" by Carol M. Highsmith.

Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi… or Any Place Else! 4 - Combo

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Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi… or Any Place Else! - Combo

Hard Cover Coffee Table Book
signed by Jay Dardenne and Carol M. Highsmith

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is proud to offer the documentary companion book, Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi… Or Any Place Else!, a collaboration with incredible visual documentarian Carol Highsmith and Jay Dardenne, one of Louisiana’s greatest ambassadors.

Filled with over 250 photos taken by Highsmith documenting the people, the places, and the culture of Louisiana, Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi… Or Any Place Else! makes a beautiful Christmas gift. “I’ve been everywhere in America. I’ve been to all the states and I love them all, don’t get me wrong, but Louisiana just knocks them off the block,” says Highsmith. “I mean, it’s unbelievable what Louisiana has to offer.” 

Limited Edition Signed Print - Preservation Hall by Carol M. Highsmith.

Carol M. Highsmith has been visually documenting America for more than forty years. She is donating her life’s work to the Library of Congress, where it is preserved in the most historic photo collection on Earth. Thousands of Highsmith’s images from her comprehensive exploration of the fifty states will be available from our national library for the ages.

Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi… or Any Place Else! 2-DVD Set

Get ready to go on a storytelling adventure! This exciting new documentary from LPB takes you from one end of our state to the other to show you all of the ways Louisiana is a jewel, not just to those of us that live here, but to the entire world.

Part 1
You can’t talk about Louisiana without talking about water, especially the mighty Mississippi River. It was the life source for many of the Native Americans who inhabited this land for thousands of years before colonization. On this first night, we begin at Louisiana’s beginning, exploring places such as Poverty Point, the swamps of Acadiana and visit the Coushatta Pow-Wow. Plus, the founding of New Orleans, which becomes the port gateway to the New World long before Ellis Island.

Part 2
Napoleon makes the sale of the century. More people come to Louisiana from all parts of the world producing an amazing culture full of talented artists, soulful musicians, bombastic politicians, and some of the biggest names in sports. Explore our history through the stories of Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium, the rich New Orleans music scene with Irma Thomas, Winnfield’s Louisiana Political Museum, and more, for some of the most memorable moments in Louisiana’s inimitable history.

Viewers will travel Louisiana far and wide and hear from an eclectic group of eyewitnesses and experts who help us along the way. National Geographic Magazine called Louisiana “the weirdest country in America.” This show proves it’s a moniker the residents wear with pride.

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