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South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society

Organized in the 1970's, the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society, Inc. has been dedicated to educating the public about Arkansas' rich history for over 30 years.  Its most important project has been the restoration and preservation of the Newton House Museum.  External restoration work was completed in 1983 and ongoing tours allow the public a glimpse into life in 19th century Arkansas.  With the Newton House as its focal point, this not-for-profit foundation continues to promote the study of the history of southern Arkansas, Union County, and El Dorado.

The Preservation Society

The Preservation Society was created in 2009 to act as the Friends support organization for the SAHPS and its activities.  Membership in the society supports the preservation of the Newton House Museum and the educational programs regularly offered under the society’s banner.  Recent educational programs have included lectures on the oil & gas industry, the War Between the States, disenfranchisement legislation, 19th century southern ghost towns, and regional archaeological discoveries.
 
Membership levels range from Friend ($25) to Benefactor ($1000).  Dues are annual and the Preservation Society members act as the primary sponsors of educational programs offered by the SAHPS every year.  All members will receive The Sentinel, the official newsletter of the SAHPS. Click here for membership information.

Media

Shreveport waterworks subject of lecture in El Dorado
Our thanks to Red River Radio and Kate Archer for sharing this link with us.

#1 Recent broadcast on KELD FM of an interview by James York and Patrick Hotard of November 2014 Preservation Society speaker Prof. Elaine Thompson of Louisiana Tech University. In this interview Prof. Thompson discusses her research into Clinton, Louisiana and the troubles of researching a small, rural community's history.

#2 A portion of the August 5, 2014 lecture by Dr. Bill Robison on the origins of World War II. The clip covers topics such as nationalism and the blood relationships created by the marriage of Queen Victoria's children to many of the other royal houses of Europe. Our thanks to the Union County Community Foundation for funding this program and to the faculty and students of SouthArk for taping the presentation.

#3 Recent interview of Prof. Bill Robison on the origins of the First World War. The interview was conducted by James York (KELD) and Patrick Hotard (SAHPS). The interview was broadcast on August 4, 2014 on KELD FM. Our thanks to Noalmark Broadcasting and the KELD staff for allowing the SAHPS to post this interview.

#4 Segment from the spring 2014 installment of the speaker's series project co-sponsored by the SAHPS and SouthArk. The March 20, 2014 lecture by Rice University historian Dr. John Boles discussed the changing historical perspectives on slavery in the American South. Funding for this program was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council. This segment discusses the important role of slaves in the cultivation of rice in South Carolina and Georgia.

#5 March 20, 2014 broadcast of an interview conducted by KELD-FM's James York and SAHPS's Patrick Hotard with Rice University professor John Boles regarding the changing historical perspectives on slavery in the American South. Our thanks to Mr. York and Noalmark for allowing the SAHPS to post this interview.

#6 Segment from the fall 2013 installment of the speaker's series project co-sponsored by SAHPS and SouthArk. The Nov. 7, 2013 lecture by historian Terry Winschel discussed the Civil War Siege of Vicksburg (1863). Funding provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council.

#7 Feb. 3, 2014 interview of Prof. Terry Reynolds regarding the Shreveport Waterworks by James York of KELD-FM Radio. Our thanks to Mr. York and Noalmark for allowing the SAHPS to post this interview.

#8 Feb. 5, 2014 broadcast of an interview conducted by KELD-FM's James York and SAHPS's Patrick Hotard with archaeologist Jack Elliott regarding the early history of Natchez. Our thanks to Mr. York and Noalmark for allowing the SAHPS to post this interview.

#9 The video excerpt is from the March 12, 2013 lecture by Prof. Ben Johnson held at SouthArk.  The lecture was made possible by funds from the Arkansas Humanities Council and is a part of a series of history lectures co-sponsored by the SAHPS and SouthArk.  Note:  The topic of the lecture was prohibition in Arkansas and references to the acronym "WCTU" refer to the prohibition organization known as the "Woman's Christian Temperance Union".

#10 is a discussion on KELD about the finding of Richard III, from February 11, 2013. Our thanks to the staff at KELD for this audio

#11 is an interview of Prof. Sam Hyde, expert on Piney Woods Feuding in the Deep South, from April 22, 2012 Arkansas Forum. Our thanks to the staff at KELD for this audio

#12 audio is an interview of Prof. Sam Hyde, expert on Piney Woods Feuding in the Deep South, from March 11, 2012 Arkansas Forum. Our thanks to the staff at KELD for this audio.

#13 audio segment is from the October 15, 2011, lecture by historian William Shea. This lecture was partially funded by the Arkansas Humanities Council and was a cooperative venture of the SAHPS and SouthArk. Our thanks to KELD for providing their editing services.

Audio 14 & #15 provided by KELD and Rodney Wimberly

Mission Statement

The purpose of the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society, Inc. is to share the history of South Arkansas by collecting and preserving stories, genealogies, documents, artifacts from past generations and to promote the history of South Arkansas through events, printed material and new technologies.
Adopted 10-15-2007

SAHPS Staff

Patrick Hotard, Executive Director
Stefani O’Donohoe, Administrative Assistant

SAHPS Board of Directors 2014

Officers
Diane Alderson, Chairwoman
Anne Hegi , Secretary
Roger Landes, Treasurer

Board Members

Jerry Bullard
Dorathy Boulden
Nate Evers
Melanie Graves
Jay Helm
Rosalind Jeffery
Jeremy King
Melissa McFarland
Mark Smith
Lisa Vickery
Charlotte Frisby Baine