South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society

SAHPS Events in El Dorado, AR

mayhaw festival

Craft Fair

Mayhaw festival website

The Mayhaw Festival presented by First Financial Bank, El Dorado Chemical and the City of El Dorado is an annual street festival with craft and food vendors, vintage market, antique car show, Newton House Museum tours, 5K & 10K runs, kids activities, Mayhaw jelly and bluegrass music.

It is a great day of family fun held on the grounds of the Newton House Museum. The Mayhaw Festival is held on the first Saturday of May each year since 1992 and is put on by the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society in El Dorado, Arkansas. This event is free and open to the public.

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Keeping History Alive Banquet

Keeping History Alive Banquet

The annual Keeping History Alive Banquet is a great evening of fun as well as a fund raiser to keep history alive in El Dorado.

DATE: TBA 2018

Upcoming Events

Speaker Series - Dr. S. Charles Bolton

DATE: Apr 23, 2019

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Gallery of History


The Board of Directors of the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society cordially invites you to come and hear about your yesterday with Dr. S. Charles Bolton as he speaks on...

"When Arkansas was a Part of Missouri"!


S. Charles Bolton grew up in New York State, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1973, and began teaching at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock that same year.  In 1993 he published Territorial Ambition: Land and Society in Arkansas, 1800-1840 and in 1998 Arkansas 1800-1860: Remote and Restless. He was a co-editor of A Whole Country in Commotion: The Louisiana Purchase and the American Southwest that came out in 2005.  

Bolton retired in 2008 but has continued doing research and writing.  His new book, Fugitivism: Escaping Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1820-1860, will be published by the University of Arkansas Press this summer.  He is currently working on a book dealing with the economic history of Arkansas. 

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

We look forward to seeing you at 6:00 p.m.!



For more information about the Speaker Series call 870-862-9890 or come by and visit your yesterday at 412 East Faulkner Street, El Dorado, Arkansas  71730

 2019 Directors:  Diane Alderson, Jim Andrews, Aubra Anthony, Teresa Botner, Bill Campbell, Courtney Crotty, Vince Dawson, Bonnie Haynie, Cindy Langston, Candi Mattocks, Patrick Nolan, LaQuita Rainey, Adenia Riley Robbins, Ken Van Hook, Bob Watson, Sr.