Thursday, September 3, 2015

Heroes Among Us

What was once just a photo of American soldiers at the front during the Battle of the Bulge has acquired new meaning. Today, after meeting with the son of a survivor, it is much more. When we attach names and faces and families to these images, they come to life.  We see a nineteen year old Army scout, full of bravery and bravado-- and more than a little fear-- gathering reconnaissance. We see a tank commander, with faith in his mission, who will be among the 89,000 casualties of this battle. We begin to understand what uncommon valor ordinary men possess and we are thankful.

Please join us as we celebrate  the life of Clarence Lafleur, local survivor of the Battle of the Bulge who exhibited courage and character, not just in the heat of battle, but in the activities of everyday life, who enriched our community and the family of man by his thoughts and deeds.

This gentleman will be among those honored through costumed portrayals at graveside. Told with warmth and humor, the stories of those interred at and associated with this cemetery will inspire and entertain you.

Fifth Annual Buried Treasure
Sunday, Oct 11
2 PM
Mount Harmony Cemetery, Greenwood
(Highway 71, Exit 10 Spur at Greenwood, Right turn at the light onto Mount Harmony Road. Follow road 3.2 miles to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church and Cemetery.) Rain or shine. No admission fee. Donations welcome.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Meet Early Residents of Greenwood at Historical Society’s Fifth Annual Event

Greenwood is a small town full of big personalities and it seems that has always been the case. The South Sebastian County Historical Society’s annual Buried Treasure event is a fascinating and fun look at the rich history of Greenwood. 

Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow, shown here at the 2012 event, will honor WWII scout and Bronze Star recipient Clarence LaFleur.
The fifth annual Buried Treasure Graveside Tales will be held Sunday, October 11 at 2 PM, rain or shine, at the historic Civil War era Mt. Harmony Cemetery, southeast of the city on Mt. Harmony Road.  Area re-enactors in period costume will portray historical personalities, according to organizer Donna Goldstein.  Through their characterizations, visitors will develop an appreciation for their significant contributions and learn a little history in an entertaining way.

Heather Burns portrays her grandmother at the 2013 event.

Those honored at this year’s event include Civil War patriot Andrew Hannah, who aided the Confederate cause (portrayed by Mike Gibbs), early settler Mary Matilda Fields McKinney (portrayed by great granddaughter Sherrell Stallings Buchanan), Clarence LaFleur, WWII scout and Bronze Star recipient (memorialized by Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow), and Anne Marie Hannah Morris, a mother who lost a son, son-in-law and husband during the Civil War (portrayed by Barbara Jacobson). Henry Norwood (pictured, below), a former slave who became a community leader, is interred south of the cemetery and is portrayed by Reginald Moore. Reggie is a familiar re-enactor to fans of Fort Smith’s Tales of the Crypt. Reverend Oscar Stallings, pastor, evangelist and biographer of Henry Norwood, will be portrayed by his great nephew Les Oliver. Though not interred there, Rev. Stallings grew up within a stone’s throw of the cemetery and has many familial connections there. This year’s event will also feature a brief history of the historic cemetery presented by Karen Stallings Winters and will include such special activities as the performance of an historic spiritual by Reggie Moore and the playing of “Taps” by Andrew Morgan.  Local historians will be on site to answer questions and visit with guests.

 “The portrayals are done with warmth and humor,” says Goldstein, “and the content is appropriate for all ages.”   The event is free, though the Historical Society welcomes donations. Proceeds will go to the South Sebastian County Historical Society’s fund for restoration of abandoned area cemeteries. There will be some seating graveside for those who require it.
For more information, call the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce: 479-996-6357.
Directions from Fort Smith: 71 South, exit 10 Spur east at Greenwood, travel east to light at Mt. Harmony Road, turn right (south), travel 3.2 miles. Turn right at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. From Booneville: Highway 10 to Greenwood, turn left at Mt. Harmony Road. Travel 3.2 miles to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gearing Up For 2015 Buried Treasure

Beautiful and historic Mount Harmony Cemetery is the scene of this year's Buried Treasure graveside tales. Sunday, October 11 is the date.  

Mt. Harmony Cemetery was established during the Civil War era and is the final resting place
of many of Greenwood's beloved citizens.

Costumed re-enactors will portray and honor six of our dearly departed. It promises to be an interesting and entertaining afternoon. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We're Back!

After a long absence we are back at the keyboard again, hoping to make up for lost time. Our organization is few in number and at times we get spread pretty thin. We are hoping to get back into a rhythm and resume regular posts.
Photo courtesy of
Here's our latest news...June 28 we celebrated the life and legacy of Greenwood's Henry Norwood (1850-1952), the publication of his biography and the restoration of the Norwood-Mt. Olive Cemetery. The gatherings were well-attended. Two of Henry Norwood's grandsons, Lafayette and Gerald, shared the story of his life as an enslaved person, his emancipation, his life as a free man and his many contributions to the Greenwood community and the family of man. "Character" was the theme of the day. The publication of the biography, fencing of the cemetery and celebratory event were made possible by a Curtis H. Sykes Grant from the Arkansas Black History Commission.

 Board Member Joel Goldstein, Lafayette Norwood, second from left, Gerald Norwood, third from left, Arkansas Black History Commission Chairwoman Carla Coleman, African American History Program Coorindator Tatyana Oyinloye,
event chair Donna Goldstein.
 Henry Norwood, 1940s
 Henry Norwood, circa 1870
 Great nephew Herbert Norwood
 Recently restored Norwood-Mt. Olive Cemetery, Greenwood

Walter Ahrens performs "Troubles of the World" as Rev. Zachary Easterly prepares to speak.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

"June is Bustin' Out All Over"

We've had a chance to catch our breath after May's "Airing of the Quilts." On to new things! The speaker at our June 16 meeting is Sebastian County Judge Jim Spears. It promises to be an entertaining evening. Judge Spears will share a strange story from Reconstruction days when Greenwood was attacked and her own sheriff arrested. We can't wait to hear this one! Won't you join us?

Monday, June 16
7 PM
Farmer's Bank Community Room
71 West Center Street
Greenwood, AR

For more information, call 479-996-6357.

                                                                   Judge Jim Spears

Saturday, May 10, 2014

History of the Litte Rock to Fort Gibson Military Road To Be Presented

Fort Smith National Historic Site Historian Loren McLane will review the colorful history surrounding the construction of the military wagon road from Little Rock to Fort Gibson at the May 19 meeting of the South Sebastian County Historical Society. Authorized by Congress in 1825, the road passed through the Lavaca area and brought many changes, both positive and negative, to the area. McLane will share the stories of the road's impact on what was then the western edge of the young country.

McLane, a native of Fort Smith, has a B.A. in History  from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and M.A.s in History and Museum Planning and Management from the Universtiy of Missouri at St. Louis. His duties at the Historic Site include conducting primary research and providing information to the public and staff to better understand Fort Smith's cultural heritage.

Monday, May 19
7 PM
Farmer's Bank Community Room
71 West Center Street
Greenwood, AR

All are welcome to attend.

To learn more about the military road, visit

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Greenwood Welcomes Quilt Show Visitors

Front porches and shop windows will be graced with family quilts to welcome visitors to the Show at the Old Rock Gym, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the beautifully restored gym there will be over a hundred quilts on display. Visitors will be enchanted with these samples of the quilter's art. There will be vendors and a silent auction, as well.

 Old Rock Gym

 2013 Show
2013 Show

Won't you plan to join us?
Airing of the Quilts
Saturday, May 3, 9-5
Sunday, May 4, 12-4
Tickets, $5 at the Door
Historic Old Rock Gym, 300 East Gary Street
Greenwood AR 72936
For more info, call 479-806-1081
Directions: Exit Highway 71 South at Greenwood Exit "10 Spur" (Center Street)
Turn left at 3rd traffic light (at town square) onto Main Street
Historic Old Rock Gym is at the intersection of Main and Gary, on the right