Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Establishment of Friends of the Arkansas History Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               Lloyd Clark, President
                                                                        Friends of the Arkansas History Commission
                                                                        P.O. Box 250916
                                                                        Little Rock, Arkansas 72225

February 16, 2016

Little Rock -- A new organization has been established to support the work of the Arkansas History Commission. Known as the Friends of the Arkansas History Commission, the new group has the purpose of encouraging and supporting the advancement of Arkansas History by assisting the state’s official history agency in fulfilling its mission.

The chairman of the Friends is Lloyd Clark, a resident of Powhatan in Lawrence County and a long-time leader in promoting Arkansas history. Clark has been president of the Lawrence County Historical Society since 1995. He is also a Justice of the Peace representing the Powhatan area where he lives with his wife, Barbara Jones Clark.

Clark said the organization was established at a meeting in Little Rock at which over 40 people attended from all areas of the state. “The impetus for establishing the group,” Clark explained, “is the realization that the History Commission faces huge obstacles.” He specifically mentioned inadequate funding, a small staff, and a lack of support in the legislature.”

Other officers comprising the leadership of the Friends are: Lynda Suffridge of North Little Rock, vice chairman; Tim Nutt, secretary, and Tom Dillard, treasurer.

Board members are:  Joan L. Gould, Fayetteville; Blake Perkins, Lynn, Ark.; Rex Nelson, Little Rock; Blake Wintory, Lake Village; Russell P. Baker, Mabelvale, Carl Drexler, Magnolia; Frances Ross, Little Rock; Sondra Gordy, Conway; Marion Butler, Little Rock; Tom DeBlack, Conway;  Ken Bridges, El Dorado; and Richard C. Butler, Little Rock.

Membership in the Friends of the History Commission is only $10 per year. A sustaining membership is available for $25, life membership for $200.00, and a one-time corporate membership for $500.

To join the Friends of the Arkansas History Commission send your full name, complete contact information (including phone and email), and a check for your membership dues to:

Friends of the Arkansas History Commission
P.O. Box 250916
Little Rock, AR  72225