Thursday, September 26, 2019

Arkansas History Commission Explores El Dorado History

Arkansas History Commission, Sept. 12, 2019,
Photo courtesy of Chairman Jason Hendren

The Arkansas History Commission explored some southern Arkansas history during its most-recent quarterly meeting Thursday, Sept. 12, at the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society’s Gallery of History and the Newton House Museum in El Dorado.

“The Commission decided early on to hold meetings in various locations around the state to gain a broader appreciation of Arkansas history,” said Jason Hendren, chairman.

The Commission held its May 2019 at Powhatan Historic State Park in Lawrence County. Previous quarterly meetings also occurred at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Arkansas Department of Heritage.

Commissioners and ASA staff discussed the excellent programs and projects of the Arkansas State Archives. They also talked about ways to expand the preservation of important state records and historical resources at the Arkansas State Archives for the future. A subcommittee of the Arkansas History Commission plans to review the issue and make recommendations to the full Commission at the next quarterly meeting. 

After the meeting, commissioners toured the museum, learned from a living history re-enactor about the historic Newton House and enjoyed an antebellum-inspired meal complete with mayhaw jelly. The Arkansas History Commission and the Arkansas State Archives greatly appreciate the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society sharing the intriguing history of El Dorado.

The Arkansas History Commission meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Arkansas State Archives in Little Rock.