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 2019- - Samantha Bynum

DATE: Sep 5, 2019

TIME: 5:30 p.m.


The Board of Directors of the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society cordially invites you to come and hear about your yesterday with special speaker Samantha Bynum, Curator of the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (AMNR).  


 Have you ever wondered what is so special about Arkansas?  Arkansas has a rich natural resource base.  This lecture will discuss natural resources of Arkansas especially South Arkansas and why those special ingredients are what made Arkansas the land of opportunity - back in 1836.

Samantha Bynum has been the curator for AMNR for the last five years.  Before joining the staff at AMNR, she worked as the collection's manager at the Clayton House Museum in Fort Smith and as the graduate assistant for the Arkansas Tech Museum in Russellville.  She holds a MA in United States History from Arkansas Tech (2014) and BA in History/Historical Interpretation from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (2019).  She is a graduate of the 2018 Jekyll Island Management Institute.  Currently, she serves as a Southern District Representitive for the Arkansas Museums Association.

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