Monday, March 2, 2015

Arkansas History Commission February 2015 Newsletter

Due to a number of inclement weather days, production of the February newsletter was delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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Look inside the February Issue for these and other features.

The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas

“The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas,” cosponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission was a huge success, with over 75 people in attendance. Among the presentations, Dr. Joseph Hale and Dr. Mary Jarrett presented an overview of the Jeanes Teacher program in the American South; and Peggy Lloyd spoke about Ila Upchurch, a Jeanes Teachers Supervisor in Arkansas.

The AHC Celebrates the Legacy of an African American Pioneer

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to stop and reflect on those African Americans who have contributed so much to our history. One such African American was Mifflin W. Gibbs.

Treasures from the Attic

This month we begin a new series based on items that staff members have in their own collections. The inaugural item from Archival Assistant Danyelle McNeill is a 1911 letter to her great great grandfather from a person who served with him in the Civil War.

From the Director

This year on April 27, the Arkansas History Commission celebrates the 110th anniversary of its creation by the Arkansas General Assembly. You’ll be hearing more about the AHC’s impending birthday celebration in the next few issues of this newsletter; and in my column I’ll be talking about the forces that contributed to the creation of state archives in the United States and ultimately in Arkansas.