South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society
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Welcome to South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society

The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society 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 has recently added 1,100 sq ft of exhibition space in our administration building that features rotating exhibits from our permanent collections as well as traveling exhibits through the year.

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 DID YOU KNOW… South Arkansas founders all share a rich history of Scottish and Irish heritage?  And in celebration of this historical fact the Board of Directors of the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society will be hosting another traditional “Burns Night Supper”  Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

 A Burns Night Supper is the celebration of the life and works of the famous Scottish bard, Robert Burns, Scotland’s Poet Laureate and favorite son, whose poetry and songs established him as an important influence.  He is widely considered the national poet of Scotland and was an important influence on the early Romantic movement.  Robert Burns was born at Alloway, near Ayr, on  January 25, 1759.  His birth has been celebrated world wide for over 260 years. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

Guests are cordially invited to this black tie event celebrating South Arkansas’ Celtic Heritage where they will enjoy a champagne reception, explore the Gallery of History and the Union County Sports Hall of Fame. 

This event begins at 6:30 p.m. so get ready to enjoy and share the warmth and spirit of Scotland; get your friends together for ‘auld lang syne’ for old times’ sake and we will meet you right here for a fun-filled night with all who feel their ‘heart’s in the Highlands’!    

 Our meal begins with your host reciting Poet Robert Burns’ Selkirk Grace ‘Some hae meat, and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit.’.  The menu will consist of authentic dishes along with bagpipes, recitals and toasts followed by desserts and Scottish delights.                         

To end the night our host will give a vote of thanks, everyone stands together and sings Auld Lang Syne, a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of the traditional folk song ‘And there's a hand, my trusty fere!’.

Reservations Required     870-862-9890  

South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society, Inc. is here 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.


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