living/museum

Oren Harris led a life of dedication and integrity and that led him into public service. The one-time El Dorado lawyer would find that integrity tested as a member of Congress. In 1959, Harris and...
Last week we looked at the development of the tomato industry in Drew County from its beginnings through WWII. This week we’ll start at the end of the war and follow the industry to present times....
The small college tucked in the hills of southwestern Arkansas would never last long. However, the reputation of Commonwealth College lived long after its namesake, spread far beyond its Mena-area...
When football season arrives in the Natural State, thousands of Arkansans will flock to their radios and televisions to follow the Razorbacks, hanging on every play. For years, no Razorback game was...
Last week we read about the first five years of marriage for Barton Pritchard Kimbro and his Kitty. In those five years, they became parents to four children. The young couple had also moved from the...
Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville in northeast Pulaski County today is a key part of the defense of the United States and home to thousands of service members. But it emerged mostly as a...
Greetings and Happy New Year! Enjoy 2014 because it will be gone before you know it! We should thank God for a new year, another chance, and pray for each other and for our country that we can heal...
As we left Dr. Kimbro last week, he had lost a son and now his Kitty had been diagnosed with a usually fatal disease. Dr. Dale, the specialist from Texarkana, had told Dr. Kimbro that Kitty was...
The Red River Campaign in spring 1864 initially aimed to take Shreveport, but instead of marching triumphantly to victory, Gen. Frederick Steele and his troops were running for their lives, fending...
The Ozark Mountain region has produced many talented and celebrated musicians over the last several decades. Perhaps one of the most clever was Arkansas’s own Jimmy Driftwood. Born James Morris in...
Recently a friend found some “real” sorghum in north central Arkansas and brought a jar to share with friends at breakfast. The sorghum wasn’t ribbon cane or something like that; it was real sorghum—...
In a conversation recently the loss of Burlington Industries to Monticello came up and then talk expanded to other older “processing” industries that once flourished, if only briefly, in the county....
Now we come to one of the most interesting and favorite collections in the museum. We’ll step into the War Room and back into some of the best known times in our country’s history. The War Room...
Today when you drive through the little town of Wilmar, you would hardly suspect that it was once the home of a 4-year college. Yet Wilmar was once a thriving, growing sawmill town. In fact, an...
We have now come to the final display room inside the museum. This is the bedroom located upstairs in the northeast corner of the house. It is a lovely room in itself since it gives the visitor a...
Since we visited the barn and the backyard last week, this week we’ll look at the rest of the yard. We’ll begin in the side yard on the northwest end of the museum. First we see an old gas pump. It...
Oops! In looking back over the past few weeks, I have come to the realization that I skipped our kitchen area! I suppose that call for 50 lashes with a wet noodle! Ah, me! I’ll rectify that omission...
Television has been a powerful force in shaping American culture, and one of the most intriguing figures in that effort is Arkansan Harry Thomason. Thomason was born in Hampton in 1940.  His first...
Although some sort of “deer hunting” has been in season for the past several weeks, the official beginning of the “modern gun” hunt begins Saturday, November 9. On Friday nearly all roads leading to...
Please indulge me with one more column for now about cooking and recipes from the “good ole days”. I have often heard stories about “Depression” recipes. These were recipes made famous during the “...

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