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    AHC Announces upcoming symposium, "Murder, Mayhem, & Lies"



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    The Arkansas History Commission and the Southwest Regional Archives (SARA) will be hosting their annual history symposium on Saturday, October 18th, from 9 a.m. until noon at the 1914 Schoolhouse at Historic Washington State Park in Washington. The symposium’s theme, “Murder, Mayhem and Lies: Investigating Some of Arkansas’s Historical Cold Cases,” will feature speakers Brian Irby, Amanda Paige and Peggy Lloyd.

    Topics will include:
    -On the Hunt of the Texarkana Moonlight Phantom, a look into the unsolved 1946 serial killings in Texarkana;
    -E.A. Hitchcock Investigates: The Case of the Missing Chickasaw Money, which will explore the investigation into the defrauding of the Chickasaw nation during their removal to Oklahoma during the 1830s; and
    -The Maxwell Case, the 1949 court case, State of Arkansas v. Herman Maxwell, which was appealed to the Supreme Court and ended in an execution, contributing to the early stirring of the Civil Rights movement at Hope.

    The seminar is free but registration is required. Teachers can earn up to three professional development hours through attendance. Registration is limited and deadline for registration will be Monday, October 13th. Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m., the morning of October 18th.

    The Arkansas History Commission, located in Little Rock, is the official state archives of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world. The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is a resource center for historical research, dedicated to the purpose of collecting and preserving primary source materials that bring together the unique history, culture, and heritage of Southwest Arkansas. SARA is located in the former Washington Elementary School at 201 Highway 195 South, Washington, Arkansas.

    For more information about the symposium or to register, contact us at or call us at 501-682-6900.