Thursday, December 18, 2014

December Issue of the Arkansas Archivist

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Look inside the December issue for these and other features.

Erasing Boundaries: Lawrence County at 200

In November, the Arkansas Humanities Council awarded a program grant to the Arkansas History Commission and its Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) branch. The grant in part supports a public program on January 15, 2015, at Powhatan Historic State Park. The program, Erasing Boundaries: Lawrence County at 200, will feature a variety of speakers presenting research on the political, social, and economic history of territorial Arkansas, and the early archaeology of the region. For more information or to register for the program, contact the Arkansas History Commission at or call 501-682-6892.

Conservation Corner

Conservation of Arkansas’s constitutions, Quapaw treaty, and secession document — the statehood documents — spanned a number of decades, and the conservation work performed reflects changing views on appropriate treatments for paper.

Black History Commission News

Garland Martin Taylor is excited about getting started on “His Birdseye View: Henry Jackson Lewis’s Arkansas Years. 1866-1888,” a research project recently funded by the Curtis Sykes
Memorial Grant Program. This project will result in the compilation of biographical research on Lewis, a well-known African American artist and land owner from Pine Bluff in the late 1800’s. The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program offers grants to fund projects related to African American history in Arkansas, and is currently accepting applications. Potential applicants should note that the deadline for submitting applications to be considered during the next funding cycle is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2015.

From the Director

If you were a child growing up in Arkansas in the 1970s, there’s a good chance that the first cartoon characters you got excited about meeting at an amusement park weren’t wearing mouse ears or princess costumes. The AHC has decided to start a Pinterest board on Dogpatch to share some of the more interesting finds from our collection. We also would like to invite members of the general public to share your pictures or memorabilia of Dogpatch with us and our Pinterest followers.