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Pen to Podium to Feature Joe David Rice

October 18, 2019
uthor and former tourism director Joe David Rice will speak about his book, “Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters, and Curiosities of the Natural State,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Arkansas Heritage at 1100 North St. in Little Rock.

Gold Fever Hits Arkansas

October 17, 2019
Washington Telegraph advertisement, 1849,courtesy of the Arkansas State ArchivesJames W. Marshall was working Jan. 24, 1848, at his sawmill in Coloma, California, when he saw a glint in a nearby stream. Curious, Marshall walked over to investigate and discovered gold. As news about the gold spr
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - James E. Womeldorff papers, MG.00097

October 16, 2019
James Eugene "Jim" Womeldorff was born April 1, 1907, in Iowa. After moving to Arkansas he was a partner in the W.R. Stephens Investment Company of Little Rock. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in January 1942. He attended Officers Training School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Miami,
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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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