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    Michael Hibblen to Speak in Pen to Podium Lecture Series



    Michael Hibblen to Speak in Pen to Podium Lecture Series

    Author and journalist Michael Hibblen will be the next speaker in the Arkansas State Archives’ (ASA) Pen to Podium lecture series, on Tuesday, August 21, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Diamond Room at the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), 1100 North Street, Little Rock.

    Hibblen will discuss his 2017 book “Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas.” For nearly 80 years, the Rock Island was a major railroad in Arkansas providing passenger and freight services. A decline in rail travel after World War II and an increase in trucks hauling freight over government-subsidized interstates were among factors in the railroad’s struggles and eventually closure in 1980. Most of the tracks that traversed the state were taken up, but a few relics, like the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River bridge, remain as monuments to this once great railroad.

    A native of North Little Rock, Hibblen started in radio in 1988. After a 1993 internship at the C-SPAN Cable Network in Washington, D.C., he transitioned to news, working for commercial radio stations KARN in Little Rock, WRVA in Richmond, Virginia, and WIOD in Miami, Florida. In 2000, Michael became a Miami-based reporter for CBS Radio News. He was hired by daily newspaper the Miami Herald in 2003 when it partnered with NPR station WLRN providing its local news. Michael returned to Little Rock in 2009 to work for KUAR, where he is currently its news director.

    There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of DAH, hosted by the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives, a nonprofit organization that supports ASA’s events. The event is free and open to the public.

    The event is the third of four lectures in ASA’s 2018 Pen to Podium: Arkansas Historical Writers’ Lecture Series.

    The Arkansas State Archives is a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world. The State Archives has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington.

    Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.