South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society

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mayhaw festival

Craft Fair

Mayhaw Festival

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

Sippin' & Stirrin'

DATE: Mar 15, 2018

TIME: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Newton House Museum

Spring is in the air and that means that Mayhaw berries will soon be ripe, ready to harvest and make jelly out of. And that, as Martha Stewart would say – “Is a good thing”.  

The Mayhaw derives its name from the month that the berries are harvested – May, and the tree from where it comes from – Hawthorn Tree. Primarily found in bottomland and along the river's edge in the southern United States.   Mayhaws are a small, round, red, tart fruit (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter). Mayhaw trees are very long-lived, as they can produce fruit for more than 50 years!  Native Americans showed little interest in the berries for human consumption, as the fruit was considered too small and had a bitter taste.  Not to mention the fact that they were only found in swampy bottomlands pretty much left this fruit for the enjoyment of the wildlife.  Still, the fruit was recorded as being used in jellies during the Antebellum times (1600 -1775).

Please plan to join Paula Kinnaird in the kitchen of the Newton House Museum on Tuesday, March 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and learn the “tricks-of-the-trade” to make your own jelly at home.  Paula will guide you through all aspects of Mayhaw jelly making process from harvesting the fruit, cleaning and separating berries, preparing a clean and organized kitchen, juice making, jelly making and finally the safe and sanitized bottling procedures. This is sure to be a fun class, there will be some appetizers for you to enjoy featuring the Mayhaw Berry in sweet & unique ways and you are welcome to bring a beverage of your choice to enjoy.  Paula says “If you can boil water and count – you can make jelly.” So call the Historical Society today and reserve your spot for this fun “Sippin’ & Stirrin’ Workshop”. The cost for the workshop is only $25.00 and you get to take home a jar of your own Mayhaw Jelly made that evening.