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South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society & the Newton House Museum

The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society (formerly known as the South Arkansas Historical Foundation) is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit located in El Dorado, Arkansas.  The Historical Preservation Society's principal property is the beautiful Newton House Museum.  Located on Jackson Street, this historic Greek Revival home has authentic décor that reflects its antebellum construction (circa 1849).  As the only antebellum home open to the public in El Dorado, it offers a glimpse into the rich history of southern Arkansas. This museum is a great family attraction and one of the special places to visit while in El Dorado.

The Historical Preservation Society also hosts the annual Mayhaw Festival, history forums, free educational programs (September through May), and a Speakers Series co-sponsored by South Arkansas Community College.  Membership is available through the Preservation Society support organization.


Mini Quilt Workshop offered by Historical Society

Historical Society to Present Mini Quilt Workshop


The term “quilt” comes from the Latin <i>culcita</i>, meaning a stuffed sack. A quilt is a cloth sandwich, with a top, which is usually the decorated part, a back, and a filler layer in the middle. 

Quilting has been a part of our lives for centuries from quilted armor used in the 17th century, utilitarian quilts made by American settlers, protest quilts from the Civil War, during WWI when the U.S. government urged citizens to “Make Quilts – Save the Blankets for our Boys over There.”, “Feedsack Quilts” made during the great depression out of pure necessity, the WWII fundraising “Signature Quilt” for the Red Cross and today many returning veterans are receiving quilts as a sign of appreciation from a grateful nation. 

The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society is pleased to offer a mini quilting workshop on April 4th, just in time for the Union County Quilters Guild annual “Festival of Quilts Show” on March 8th. Join Trisha Nash and Betsy Welch at the Newton House Museum on Tuesday, April 4 from 9:00 - 11:00 in the morning for a Quilting Workshop. The cost for the class is only $10.00 per person and includes your supplies.  All you have to bring are some basic sewing items like thread, needles and scissors.  

The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society, Inc. maintains the Newton House Museum located at 510 N. Jackson Street in El Dorado, AR.  The Newton House was constructed circa 1849 and is a premier example of antebellum Greek revival architecture.  Tours are available and may be arranged by calling 870-862-9890 or stop by the administrative offices at 412 E Faulkner and while you are there be sure to check out the museum exhibits now on display. Please consider joining the Historical Society. Memberships start as low as $25.00 per year.  For more information please check the website at Be sure to like the Newton House Museum on Facebook.

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