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The Barefoot Contessa: The Price of Stardom,” Ava Gardner Museum Blog

This blog post explores Ava Gardner’s iconic role in The Barefoot Contessa.

Going Whole Hog: History of North Carolina Barbecue“, Tobacco Farm Life Museum Blog

This blog post explores the history of North Carolina barbecue, what is defined as NC Barbecue, the difference between eastern and Piedmont styles of NC BBQ, and includes a list of several historic barbecue restaurants in Eastern NC.

Clips of Time: Farmin’ in the Woods,” Tobacco Farm Life Museum Blog

This blog post accompanied an episode of a Facebook Live series. I hosted the associated episode, sharing the information contained in this blog post.

“‘And the nominees are…:’ Ava Gardner’s Acting Awards & Nominations,” Ava Gardner Museum Blog

This blog post explores Ava Gardner’s acting awards and nominations.

The Sun Also Rises and the Lost Generation of the 1920s,” Ava Gardner Museum Blog

This blog post explores the historical context of Ava Gardner’s film The Sun Also Rises: the 1920s, the Lost Generation & Ernest Hemingway.

True Love & Wedding Number 3: Ava Gardner & Frank Sinatra,” Ava Gardner Museum Blog

This blog post is the third in a series produced for the Ava Gardner Museum’s participation in the Wedding Bells Blogathon which was hosted by someone in the classic film community. All three posts draw on items in the museum’s collection to tell the story of each of Ava’s 3 marriages. The other two posts are can be read on the Ava Gardner Museum official blog using these links: Marriage 1: Mickey Rooney & Marriage 2: Artie Shaw.

Ava’s North Carolina During the Roaring Twenties,” Ava Gardner Museum Blog

This blog post was written to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of Prohibition and the resurgence in interest in the Roaring Twenties. It provides historical context about what the 1920s were like in rural North Carolina where Ava was born and raised in the 1920s. The article points out how different the 20s were in rural areas versus urban. The post uses artifacts and photos from the Ava Gardner Museum’s collection and can be read here.

The Birthday Girl in Her Own Words,” Ava Gardner Museum Blog

Photo: Ava Gardner Museum
Read the blog post here.

‘A gloomy film, but Ava at her best:’ The 60th Anniversary of “On the Beach,”” Ava Gardner Museum Blog

Photo: Ava Gardner Museum
Read the blog post here.

National Museum of African American History & Culture,” Mainly Museums

Mainly Museums is a crowd sourced guide to museums around the world. I contribute articles about museums I have visited. Read article about the National Museum of African American History & Culture here.

Ford’s Theater Historic Site,” Mainly Museums

Read the article about the site of Lincoln’s assassination here.