Enjoy your July DeSoto Magazine!

Celebrating Summer and More

Each July, the DeSoto Magazine team looks at significant anniversaries. Although some events may have been things we’d have preferred to skip, they are significant none the less. Hurricane Katrina is one of those catastrophes that made an indelible impact on the South and the nation, and it’s something we hope to never live through again. As the 15th anniversary of this storm approaches, Cheré Coen writes about how the Mississippi Gulf Coast has rebounded since Katrina. Her story celebrates the dedication and resolve of coastal residents who have not only bounced back from Katrina’s devastation but who also serve as stewards for the area’s beautiful natural resources.

The Palmer Home is marking its 125th anniversary this year and has grown far beyond its founders’ dreams. Writer Tracy Morin looks at how this Hernando gem has transformed the lives of abandoned, neglected, and abused children.

A road trip along the historic Natchez Trace is one way to celebrate after months of self-quarantining at home. Writer Debi Lander drove the entire route last fall from Nashville to Natchez and shares some of her favorite memories. Whether you plan to drive the entire Trace or just a portion, you’ll find some helpful hints for family fun along this historic parkway.

This month we also offer a variety of special stories about food, destinations, art, music, and interesting people. We know you’ll find something of interest for those long, hot summer days when a glossy magazine and a cool glass of lemonade are just the ticket to while away an afternoon.

Finally, July marks my own special “anniversary.” It was three years ago this month that I became editor of DeSoto Magazine. It has been an honor to work with the publishers and with so many talented writers. I’ve been amazed at the variety and the depth of the stories we’ve covered. I’ve tried to pick my favorite issues, but it’s difficult because they’ve all been my favorite.  I hope you feel the same.

Enjoy the summer!