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Document Conservation Discussed at Society Meeting

Jane Thompson, a retired document conservator (Arkansas History Commission) recently lectured on the most important actions one can take to preserve your family documents and papers.  The talk ranged from basic conservation principles to specific suggestions for particular types of...

Mayhaw Festival 2015 Proclamation

Picture from Wednesday 29 April 2015 @ city hall in El Dorado

From L to R --- Patrick Hotard, SAHPS Director, Courtney Crotty- 2015 Mayhaw Festival Chair, El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash, Lauren Ritchie- Mayhaw Children's Activities Chair, and Jay Helm - SAHPS Board/Wing Ding Chair....

Quilted History Comes Alive at the April Meeting

Carolyn Willaims gave a dynamic presentation at the April 13, 2015 meeting of the Preservation Society.  The Director/Archivist of the Quilted History program here in Union County brought a number of items including a family slavery document and handmade quilts.  She discussed her...

Migration to Arkansas by African-Americans Discussed at SouthArk

Professor Story Matkin-Rawn gave an excellent Powerpoint presentation about the large migration of African-Americans to Arkasnsas from other parts of the South between 1870 and 1900.  The lecture revealed a substantial amount of new and exciting research conducted by Prof. Matkin-Rawn....

Worth Camp Talks About Early El Dorado

Local attorney and researcher Worth Camp discussed the early appeal of the El Dorado region to 19th century settlers.  The clean water springs and ample streams may have been a key factor in the earliest settlers choosing what is now El Dorado.  Our thanks to Worth for sharing his...

Wisconsin Soldier Discussed at Society Meeting

Mark Christ, noted author and historian, discussed Union soldier Jacab Haas experiences in Arkansas during the War Between the States at the February 2, 2015 meeting of the Preservation Society.  Our thanks to the event patrons and to Mark.  Join us in March for another interesting...

Documentary Screened at SouthArk

The American Experience documentary on the laying of the Transatlantic Cable was screened at SouthArk on January 5th.  Our thanks to SouthArk for their co-sponsorship of this program and we look forward to the April 2nd lecture later this year.  Also our thanks to the News-Times...

2014 Christmas Open House Features School Choirs

The EHS Show Choir and the Hugh Goodwin Choir were kind enough to participate in our 2014 Christmas Open House at the Newton House Museum.  A speical thanks to the wonderful student singers and to Greg Oden and Karen Watkins.  The program included piano music by Dorathy Boulden,...

LA Tech Professor Talks Local History

Professor Elaine Thompson (historian at Louisiana Tech University) addressed the Preservation Society on November 3, 2014 and discussed her new book on the history of Clinton, Louisiana.  She also discussed the details of writing local history in general and the importance of solid...

October Preservation Society Features Archaeology

Dr. Carl Drexler of the Archaeology Station at SAU in Magnolia gave a lecture on some of the recent archaeology digs at Arkansas battlefields.  Our thanks to Dr. Drexler for making this presentation to the Society in October.