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The Arkansas History Commission and the Southwest Regional Archives (SARA) will be hosting their annual history symposium on Saturday, Oct 18 from 9 a.m. until noon at the 1914 Schoolhouse at Old...
Solon Borland had watched the nation slide toward civil war as a newspaper editor and as a US Senator. He had even railed against northern policies himself, heaping more southern rage into the mix....
During these “Dog Days” of summer, a few reminders and updates might be timely. First, this is the last week to see Sandra Campbell Dupree’s African-American stamp collection on display in our...
Since this week is the official Drew County Fair week, I thought I’d give readers a brief history of the Drew County Fair and close with a favorite memory. The first Drew County Fair was known as the...
Few people today outside fans of Rhythm and Blues may remember Albert King, but no one can listen for long to the great music acts since the 1950s without hearing his influence. The Arkansas blues...
Victor C. Kays was born in Illinois in 1882. Through his efforts, the small agricultural school in Jonesboro would grow to become one of the most important universities in Arkansas and across the...
Each year, millions of football fans wait for the ultimate championship game—the Super Bowl. But, the Super Bowl owes its existence to one determined Arkansas native, Lamar Hunt. Hunt was born in El...
Too often people say, “I just don’t like history!” Maybe they feel that way because they have the wrong idea about history! History is much, much more than the class many of us took in school where...
On March 2, 1819, the Arkansas Territory was created, with the capital at the small outpost at Arkansas Post. Arkansas Post was the first European city founded in what would become Arkansas, but by...
America started a new love affair as the twentieth century dawned. The affair took place in darkened rooms filled with strangers and a flickering light and made millions laugh and cry and fall in...
With UAM and all of our students returning to classes, I thought I’d remind readers of a rather interesting and unusual story about the beautiful, old bell sitting in a place of honor beside Weevil...
Calvin C. Bliss was one of the thousands of Arkansans caught in the chaos of the Civil War and Reconstruction, but he came to Arkansas as an educator and became the state’s first lieutenant governor...
Every time I head west from the Square down West McCloy Street and make that big turn by E-Z Mart onto West Gaines Street my mind goes back to the late 1960s and the mouth-watering food served at a...
Last week the life of Sylvester C. Hotchkiss, architect and builder of many of Monticello’s finer turn-of-the-century homes, was summarized in this space. Much of that material can be credited to the...
After His disciples had asked about the blind man, Christ answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”  In this verse is the story...
Let’s start in the bedroom in the southwest corner. This is Mrs. Henri Mason’s favorite room. We call it our Quilt Room because we have a large collection of quilts assembled there.   Entering the...
Arkansas began the twentieth century with a renewed dedication to higher education.  Colleges across the state were quickly established by the state legislature, including Arkansas Tech University in...
If you have traveled Hwy. 35 East between Dermott and Monticello lately, you may have noticed the wondrous changes taking place at the old home known as the Duke house. Earlier this year, I wrote...
Gen. Frederick Steele had made the US Army his life.  During the Civil War, he would rise through the ranks quickly, but when the time came to lead a campaign, his career and the entire Union Army...
All of this rhetoric about health care so prevalent at this time brings to mind a book we have at the museum that relates the histories of many doctors who have served Drew County well in the past....

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