Friday, December 30, 2016

December 2016 issue of the Arkansas Archivist

Look Inside the December 2016 issue Issue of the Arkansas Archivist for these and other features

The ASA Introduces New Quarterly Lecture Series

In January, we will be debuting a new lecture series entitled “From Pen to Podium.” The quarterly lecture series will feature hour-long lectures by Arkansas authors in their work. Dr. Kenneth C. Barnes of the University of Central Arkansas will kick off the series on January 17 at 7 p.m. He will be speaking about his book Anti-Catholicism in Arkansas: How Politicians, the Press, the Klan, and Religious Leaders Imagined an Enemy.

The ASA Announces 2017 Events Calendar

In addition to the quarterly lecture series, Pen to Podium, we have planned events that will interest a wide range of those interested in Arkansas history.  In honor of Black History Month, the Black History Commission of Arkansas and ASA will present “Black Political Engagement in Arkansas,” on February 4, 2017. The event will focus on the history of African Americans in the state’s political life.  The ASA will team up with the Arkansas Genealogical Society on May 6, 2017, to present “In the Genealogical Trenches: Tracing Your Wartime Ancestry.”  There are other events coming, read further for the complete list of events.

Black History Commission News

Communities come and go. Some thrive, some disappear, leaving only the name of the community on old maps or land deeds. This month, we focus on the Pankey Community, a section of land in Pulaski County that holds a very important historical distinction. The Pankey Community was developed by one of the few female developers in the early twentieth century, and possibly the only African American female developer in the state.

The ASA Wishes a Happy Retirement to Jane Hooker

After 33 years of service to the History Commission and now State Archives, Archival Manager Jane Hooker will retire on December 31. Hooker has served under three different directors, Dr. John L. Ferguson, Dr. Wendy Richter, and Dr. Lisa Speer. During the time that she has been on staff, Jane has seen and been a part of a lot of change at the agency.