Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Arkansas State Archives Event - Using Archival Records to Preserve Historic Structures

The Arkansas State Archives will be hosting a symposium from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 29, at the North Little Rock Heritage Center in North Little Rock.  The symposium’s theme, “Using Archival Records to Preserve Historic Structures,” will feature speakers Rachel Silva, Callie Williams, Sandra Taylor Smith, and Ann Clements and will focus on using archival records for research in historic preservation.

Topics include, "How History Saved a Neighborhood," "Researching your Historic Home: A Case Study," “This Place Matters: Preserving Arkansas’s Architectural and Cultural History,” and “The National Register of Historic Places:  Records, Research and Careful Reading.”

The seminar is free but registration is required. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance. Registration is limited and deadline for registration will be Oct. 25, so be sure to make reservations soon. Lunch will be provided.

This event coincides with American Archives Month and Arkansas Archives Month. October, designated nationally as American Archives Month, celebrates the importance of archives and the enduring value of American records and archives.  For a second year in a row, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson also designated October as Arkansas Archives Month, encouraging Arkansans to “discover the abundance of documentary treasures contained in our State’s archival repositories.”

The Arkansas State Archives is an agency under the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.  The State Archives has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington. Other agencies under the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

For more information about the symposium or to register, contact us at or call us at 501-682-6900.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.