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Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash
On January 10, 2014, the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home restoration team received the Award for Excellence in Preservation through Restoration from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.
Our friends at the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home are looking for items for the restoration project. Check out the list of what's needed, and if you have any of the items, or know where the items can be found, please contact Dr. Ruth Hawkins.
Furnishings for the restored Johnny Cash Boyhood Home are now being gathered, based on descriptions by Cash family members, along with items typical of Dyess Colony homes during the 1930s and 1940s. Please click on this Household Registry regularly to see what has been received and what is still needed. Those who donate items to the house will be recognized on a permanent plaque.
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center
Latest book on the Hemingway-Pfeiffer marriage: Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow.
Steve Barnes talks with Ruth A. Hawkins about her book, "Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage". Hawkins tells the story of Pauline Pfeiffer and her marriage to Ernest Hemingway. To watch the interview, please click here.
At a recent Big Rock Reading Series event, sponsored by Pulaski Technical College, Hemingway Scholars Dr. Adam Long and Dr. Ruth Hawkins discussed the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center and the 13 year marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer. To watch the lecture, please click here.
Lakeport Plantation Museum
Lakeport Plantation wins award from the
American Association of State and Local History
The American Association of State and Local History announced winners of the Award of Merit in Leadership History last week. We were excited to learn our Permanent Exhibits were one of the eighty-eight winners and one of only two winners in the state of Arkansas.
To read the AASLH press release visit our blog post.
To learn about this month's Lakeport Legacies lecture, please click here.
New Website Interprets Signifcance of World War II-era
Rohwer: Japanese American Relocation Center.
To read the press release, please click here.
Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. These sites provide educational resources for formal and informal learning, including serving as living laboratories for students in the university's Heritage Studies Ph.D. program. In addition, they serve as economic catalysts in communities where they are located by attracting heritage tourists from around the country.
Through the combination of restoration and humanities activities, the university strives to enhance the social and economic viability of rural Arkansas Delta towns, as well as provide exemplary educational and research opportunities for scholars, students, and the general public.
Arkansas Heritage Sites also serves as an administrative agent for Arkansas Delta Byways, the official non-profit regional tourism promotion association serving fifteen counties in the Arkansas Delta. These include Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis counties. Arkansas Heritage Sites has been instrumental in developing and promoting two National Scenic Byways that traverse this region: the Crowley's Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas segment of the 10-state Great River Road, which runs along both sides of the Mississippi River, from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
Arkansas State University is committed to working with Arkansas Delta communities to discover, preserve and promote their rich heritage, including developing the region's rural heritage tourism potential, encouraging preservation and enhancing the humanities content of programs offered to visitors.