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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.



EL DORADO – The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society (SAHPS) and the Barton Public Library are pleased to announce that a public forum about the history of the communities of Junction City, Wesson, Blanchard Springs, Scotland, and Caledonia (and their environs) is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2015.   This forum is free and open to the public and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Junction City Community Center.  The center is located at 220 North Main/Hwy 167 (corner of N. Main & First Street) in Junction City, Arkansas.  The program will be moderated by Patrick Hotard, Executive Director of the SAHPS and Dorathy Boulden, genealogist with the Barton Public Library.  Parking is available in the lot behind the community center and along First Street in Junction City. 

“We are very excited to moderate in this open forum.  We hope that local citizens and former residents of these south-central Union County communities who now live in other areas will attend this program and bring photos and documents relative to the historic buildings and early days of both communities,” stated SAHPS director Patrick Hotard.   Junction City Mayor Larry Carter will open the meeting with welcoming remarks. 

Both moderators hope that this forum will bring forth ideas about subjects and periods in the history of the Scotland, Caledonia, Wesson, Blanchard Springs, and Junction City communities in need of additional research.  The coordinators urge forum participants to bring photos, documents, and family papers to share with other forum attendees.  The pre-oil boom (pre-1920’s) era is in need of greater focus and the coordinators believe the forum will add to the understanding of the history of these communities by bringing new information to light and possibly adding new resources for future research.  Ms. Boulden noted, “It is hoped that the information and ideas generated by this forum will allow the SAHPS to create some comprehensive vertical files on the various towns and communities in Union County and beyond.  Family history information can also be gleaned from these types of meetings, further increasing the genealogical resources at the library’s main branch.” 

Like the Barton Library and the Newton House Museum on Facebook and visit both pages for updates on upcoming events at each institution.  Visit the SAHPS web site at  A special thanks to the citizens of Junction City for the use of their community center for this history program.

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