Friday, September 29, 2017

ASA announces true crime symposium

The Arkansas State Archives will host a symposium on Sat., Oct. 28, at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The symposium’s theme, “Case Files and Conspiracies: True Crime and Lore in Arkansas,” will feature speakers Brooks Blevins, George Lankford, Tom Dillard, Denise Parkinson and State Archives staff member Brian Irby.

Topics include I'll Never Be Taken Alive, The Strange Tale of Helen Spence; Murder & Memory: The Murder of Green Thompson and its Aftermath; Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Media in the Ozarks; Daughter of the White River and A Shot in the Back in 1841: Then Chaos in Independence County.

The seminar is free to attend but registration is required. Deadline for registration is Oct 23. Registration is limited, so be sure to make reservations soon. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance. Lunch will be provided.

The Arkansas State Archives is a division of 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 divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the 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, email or call 501-682-6900. To register, please visit: