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AWARDS PRESENTED AT ANNUAL BANQUET

Dr. Ken Bridges received the 2015 Keeping History Alive Award and Mickey & Diane Murfee received the John Abbott Award for Historic Preservation at the 2015 Keeping History Alive Banquet held in El Dorado on October 23rd.  The Murfees were presented the Abbott Award for their...

Jr. High Students take Downtown Tour

Over 20 students from Barton Jr. High participated in a Walking Tour of Downtown El Dorado on Oct. 22, 2015.  The purpose of this educational program was to introduce local students to some of the more interesting aspects of El Dorado's architecture and to provide them with insight...

History Forum Draws Great Crowd

A crowd of over 30 people attended the History Forum in Junction City on 10-15-2015.  Our thanks to Mayor Carter and the people of Junction City (AR) for allowing us to use the city's community center for this open forum.  This was the fourth in a series of fora to be held around...

Warner Brown Hospital Archives Donated to SAHPS

On Wednesday September 30, 2015 a formal signing ceremony was held for the donation of records and archival material from the old Warner Brown Hospital.  These records were donated by the Medical Center of South Arkansas to the S. Arkansas Historical Preservation Society.  A...

USS ARKANSAS HISTORY DISCUSSED AT SOCIETY PROGRAM

Ray Hanley, author (with his late brother) of a recent book on the USS Arkansas gave a Powerpoint presentation to the SAHPS on Thursday October 8, 2015 at the Newton House Museum.  He discussed the 30+ year service of this famous battleship and its part in the Vera Cruz Incident, World War...

Mulerider History at Newton House Museum

Earlier in September Dr. James Willis, retired historian at SAU, gave an interesting Powerpoint presentation about the origi, ns and history of SAU.  He went into great depth about the ealry years of the college/university, its agricultural emphasis, and its various leaders upto the present...

Felsenthal Forum Attracts Great Crowd

The Felsenthal Forum, held on July 23, 2015 in Felsenthal, attracted over 25 participants who discussed the history and heritage of the Union County communities of Felsenthal, Huttig, and historic Lapile.  Many of the participants brought scrapbooks, pictures, and old newspapers to share...

Linotype Machine Subject of July Meeting

Don Harrell of El Dorado Printing was kind enough to co-host the Preservation Society meeting at his business on 7-14-2015.  After a brief background talk by Director Patrick Hotard, Mr. Harrell demonstrated the workings of the famous Linotype line casting machine used in printing from the...

Early Sports Covered by Speaker at Breakfast Meeting

Will Teague, a history instructor at SouthArk, gave a very interesting lecture about the media (newspapers) and their relationship to the growth of the big three American sports of baseball, football and basketball.  He covered the origins of each sport and how each was covered and/or...

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...