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Behind the Scenes: How to Start Researching Your Family History

September 18, 2019
The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will present a free, genealogy workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Have you ever wanted to find out who your ancestors were? Then, this workshop is for you!

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Laurence Watts Harvison papers, MS.000571

September 18, 2019
Laurence Watts Harvison was born in Newark, Arkansas, on November 15, 1893, to William Hiram and Emma Watts Harvison. Hiram later became terminally ill with tuberculosis and the family moved to Sulpher Rock, Arkansas. Laurence was four years old when his father died. His mother moved the family clos
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Rogerline Johnson photograph collection, MS.000754

September 04, 2019
Rogerline Johnson was born in 1927 to Henry and Rita Johnson in Columbus, Hempstead County, Arkansas. After completing high school in 1944 at Yerger High School in Hope, Arkansas, Johnson attended Arkansas Agricultural Mechanical and Normal College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). He beca
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Dr. Richter Retires as Archives Director, State Historian

August 30, 2019
Dr. Wendy RichterAfter a long struggle with her health, Dr. Wendy Richter has retired as the state historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives.“This is my dream job,” Dr. Richter said earlier this year. But, after rounds of chemotherapy and radiation followed by a serious car wreck, Dr. Ri
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New Grant Funds Digitizing More Newspapers

August 29, 2019
A project that has put over 100,000 historical, Arkansas newspaper pages online already will continue, thanks to another grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, said Brian Irby, archival assistant and project director.“This grant will allow us to give the public greater access to histo
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