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ASA and Branch Archives to be Closed for Christmas Holiday and New Year's Day

December 14, 2018
The Arkansas State Archives, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, and Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, December 22, 24, and 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The archives will also be closed Tuesday, January 1st for New Year's Day. All three locations will keep regular business hours aside from those days.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Crater of Diamonds collection, MG.00045

January 16, 2019
The Crater of Diamonds is a forty-acre field located near Murfreesboro, Pike County, Arkansas, where diamonds can be found in their natural matrix. John Huddleston, who owned the property, found the first diamond in 1906. The Crater of Diamonds has changed hands several times over the years and seve
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Arkansas Salt Has Long History

January 09, 2019
Farmer W.J. Menasco stands with a salt kettle in Sevier County in 1920.Salt making in Arkansas has long been a source of curiosity, and its production played an important role in Arkansas’s history.American Indians began extracting the mineral from the earth before the arrival of European settlers.
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Lawrence County (Ark.) school census records, MSNE.0057

January 09, 2019
Each school year, public school students or their families are required to complete a card that provides basic information about the household. This information may include name, age, and race of everyone in the home. These records are representative of households with school age children in Lawrenc
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Happy Birthday, Hempstead!

December 28, 2018
SARA Archival Manager Melissa Nesbitt shows off her shirt with Michael Terral, Historic Washington State Park staff member, and Aaron Dovell, park volunteer.Beryl Henry Elementary School Choir Hempstead County residents celebrated the county’s Dec. 15 bicentennial birthday with cake, fireworks
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