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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...

3rd Arkansas Infantry, CSA Subject of Presentation

Reenactor and author Vernon Dutton spoke to a joint meeting of the Preservation Society and the local Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp on Monday April 14th at the Newton House Museum.  Mr. Dutton talked about the 3rd Arkansas Infantry, its part in the War Between the States and especially...

Dr. Boles Speaks About Slavery At SouthArk

Dr. John Boles of Rice University spoke to a crowd of 40 people at SouthArk on March 20, 2014.  The lecture discussed slavery in the American South and how different generations of historians have interpreted the institution and the people held in bondage.  The lecture was...

Interpretive Panel Dedicated

On Monday March 17, 2014 the first of two outdoor interpretive panels was dedicated at the Newton House Museum.  This panel was made possible by grant funds donated by the SHARE Foundation, El Dorado Rotary, BancorpSouth, and Entergy Corporation.  In-kind assistance was provided...

Mt. Holly Forum Draws Crowd

Over 40 people attended and participated in the History Forum conducted in Mt. Holly on 6 March 2014.  The open forum covered the Union County communities of Mt. Holly, Lisbon, and Marysville.  A number of the patrons discussed their own research relative to...