Saturday, April 18, 2015

Arkansas History Commission's April 2015 Newsletter

The Arkansas Archivist
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These are a few of the features  in our latest issue:

The AHC Commemorates Its 110th Anniversary
On April 27 the State Archives will celebrate its 110th anniversary with, among other events, an open house from 10 a.m. until noon. Displays in our exhibit space and in the research room will feature historical “gems” from our collections, and the unveiling of an Arkansas photographic mural, and birthday cake will round out the occasion. Join us!

The AHC Highlights the Importance of the Gulley Collection
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so goes the saying.  In some cases, this is literally true.  In the early part
of the twentieth century, the state’s government offices were moving to the new capitol building from their former homes in what would be later called the
Old State House.  While packing material to move, workers earmarked old records for shipment to Saint Louis for recycling.   

Clara Bertha Eno
The AHC has had a number of prominent commissioners over the years.  One of the first commissioners, and one to whom we owe a debt of gratitude, is Clara Bertha Eno. 
Eno was born in Van Buren in 1854.  One of her earliest memories was of helping her mother care for wounded Confederate soldiers during the Battle of Van Buren in the Civil War.

Black History Commission News
For years historians worried that the history  of  Arkansas’  African American community would be lost unless there was a concerted focus to  collect  and  preserve  historic material.  In  1991,  State  Senator Jerry  Jewell sponsored  Senate Bill 710 establishing the Arkansas Black History Advisory Committee charged with the responsibility of preserving African American history.