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Arkansas State Archives to Celebrate Archives Month this October

October 02, 2019
The Arkansas State Archives, along with archives across the U.S., will celebrate the work of archives and archivists during Archives Month this October.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - James E. Caldwell papers, MG.00093

October 09, 2019
James E. Caldwell (1833-1920) was born in Saline County, Arkansas. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1851 and was licensed to preach in 1852. His ministerial labors were mostly in south-central Arkansas centering on Tulip in Dallas County, where he settled soon after the Civil War.
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Powhatan Historic State Park collection, MSNE.0035

October 02, 2019
Powhatan Historic State Park opened in 1974 after a renovation of the historic courthouse. Powhatan served as the county seat for Lawrence County from 1869 to 1963 when the seat was consolidated and relocated to Walnut Ridge. The courthouse officially closed its doors in 1966.The Lawrence County His
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Submissions open for NEARA Research Award

September 26, 2019
POWHATAN, AR – The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) is accepting original, unpublished manuscripts for the 2020 NEARA Award for Exemplary Archival Research. Manuscripts are due by Feb. 1.Participants are eligible to win a $1,000 cash prize. A framed certificate will be presented for
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Arkansas State Archives Presents Research at Ozark Studies Symposium

September 26, 2019
Stave yards of the H.D. Williams and Pekin Cooperage companiesoperated in Leslie, Arkansaas, in the early 20th century. Photocourtesy of the Arkansas State Archives, circa 1916. G3218.44 Archival Assistant Darren Bell recently presented a lecture on the African American community of Leslie, Ark
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