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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.

Keeping History Alive Banquet 2014 Talks About Rock & Roll

Keynote speaker Terry Stewart of El Dorado Festivals and Events gave a very detailed and interesting presentation at the 2014 Keeping History Alive Banquet on Oct. 23rd.  Stewart discussed the evolution of popular music and how Rock & Roll became a part of American history when it...

Don Bragg Returns to Preservation Society

On September 8, 2014 Don Bragg of the U. S. Forest Service once again spoke to the Preservation Society and his remarks attracted a very interested crowd.  Several questions were asked and this particular program witnessed great participation by the event's patrons, some of...

Recent Speakers Series Lecture

Dr. Bill Robison spoke at SouthArk on August 5, 2014 about the origins of the First World War.  Over 50 patrons from El Dorado and the surrounding region attended the program.  The lecture was funded the UCCF and was free and open to the public. 

Dr. Robison earlier spoke...

State Archaeologist Speaks to Preservation Society

On May 12th Arkansas' state archaeologist Ann Early spoke to the Preservation Society about post-1980 research into the De Soto Expedition.  The talk was very interesting and attracted an attentive crowd that asked many questions.  The presentation noted that past research...