Monday, January 4, 2016

December 2015 Arkansas History Commission Newsletter

Look inside the December 2015 Issue of the Arkansas Archivist for these and other features

Peggy Lloyd Retires from Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives

This month we will be saying goodbye and  wishing  a  happy  retirement  to Peggy Lloyd, a long-time advocate for the history of southwestern Arkansas.  Peggy  has  worked  in  a  number  of capacities serving Arkansas’s history community.  Since 2005, she has been the  Archival  Manager  at  the Southwest   Arkansas   Regional Archives  (SARA)  in  Washington, Arkansas.

Black History Commission News

On  February  6,  2016,  the  Black  History  Commission  of Arkansas  and the Arkansas History Commission will sponsor a free seminar at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock on the history of Little Rock’s school desegregation.  The event, titled “Little Rock School Desegregation from Then to Now”, will feature a number of speakers who will give some insight into desegregation. 

From the Director

It might be cliche  to devote a New Year’s column to a reflection of the agency’s accomplishments this year; but on those days when one feels as though they are running between fires with a leaky bucket, it’s good to take a moment to consider that all the hard work, long days, and sleepless nights really do pay off. 

News from NEARA

The core collection upon which NEARA was established  is  the  Lawrence  County  Court records (collection number MSNE.0070) and it remains our most requested collection to date. These court records span from the founding of Lawrence  County  in  1815  as  a  part  of  the
Missouri Territory until the Powhatan courthouse was closed in 1960. Specifically  from 1819 to 1836, the court records demonstrate the growth of Territorial Arkansas into the 25th state of the union.