Monday, February 29, 2016

February 2016 Arkansas History Commission Newsletter

Look inside the February 2016 Issue of the Arkansas Archivist for these and other features

AHC Celebrates Black History Month with Launch of New Digital Collection

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, established the second week of February as “Negro History Week” based on his core belief that,  “Those  who  have  no  record  of  what  their forebears  have  accomplished  lose  the  inspiration which  comes  from  the  teaching  of  biography  and history.”  In 1976, President Gerald Ford expanded the week into a month. 

The AHC and BHCA Welcome New Commissioners

This month we welcome new appointees  to  the  Arkansas History  Commission  and  to the Black History Commission of Arkansas.  Rod  Soubers  has  extensive experience  in  the  field  of archives.  Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch is an Associate Professor of History at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

From the Director

This month, thanks to the support of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas History Commission took a significant step forward in fulfilling its role as the state archives.   On February 17, 2016, the Governor’s Office issued a memorandum pertaining to the preservation of historical documents held by Arkansas state agencies, offices and departments.    In  this  memorandum,  Governor  Hutchinson  issued  a  mandate  for  state  agencies,  offices  and departments to work with the Arkansas History Commission in the preservation of records currently not in use that have long term administrative, legal and historical value.

News from NEARA

Although  history  defines  our  very purpose  at  the  Arkansas  History Commission and NEARA, this month we take a closer look at Black History as part of the nation’s celebration of Black  History  Month.  For  us  at NEARA, that means a few things. In addition to our usual column in this newsletter and participation in local events, this year, for the first time, we are  participating  in  a  three-part genealogy  workshop  at  Arkansas State University.