It’s the time of year when people think about what has passed and plan their new year. Historically, that contemplation often included religious faith.
The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives has about 220 Bible school study cards, which were used as lesson supplements for children's Sunday school classes. The bulk of these cards date from 1922 to 1934. Each card shows an image to illustrate a lesson and a Bible verse. The card has a simple explanation or story on the back.
Attending Sunday school was common in early 1900s Arkansas. About 80 percent of the state's population identified as Baptist or Methodist.
The Louise Smith Parrish donated the card collection to Powhatan Historic State Park. In 2011, the Arkansas State Parks gave the cards to NEARA as part of a larger donation on northeast Arkansas history.
To see the collection, visit NEARA from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 11 Seventh St. in Powhatan.
In other news, the deadline to apply for the NEARA Award for Exemplary Archival Research is Feb. 1. The winner earns $1,000!
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We, also, are accepting volunteers every day! Come by and we will teach you how to handle archival materials and make those records more accessible to the public. You can help us preserve our heritage!
Currently, volunteers are unfolding and processing court case files from the Walnut Ridge, Lawrence County Court Records Collection. The goal is to have the cases searchable in our database within the next year.
For more information about volunteering, contact NEARA at or 870-878-6521.