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 http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/pdf/publications/military_road.pdf



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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fifth Annual Airing of the Quilts May 3 and 4

Warm weather means its time to air the quilts. This was the practice among our grandmothers. After a long winter's use, quilts needed refreshing. Clotheslines and porches were draped with the quilter's handiwork. May 3 and 4 there is an opportunity to experience that again as Greenwood welcomes the Fifth Annual Airing of the Quilts.

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.

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
 
 





Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Warm Weather Brings Activity

With this week's sneak preview of spring, we find ourselves busy as bees. Hope you have room on your calender for some upcoming activities of interest.

  • Monday, March 17, 7 PM: Slideshow and lecture- Trains of South Sebastian County with train enthusiasts/experts Mike Condren and John Dill. This promises to be a popular presentation to arrive early to snag a seat. 7 PM, Farmers Bank Community Bldg., 71 West Center Street, Greenwood, AR.
  • Tuesday, March 18, 7 PM: Dr. George Sabo III, director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will present "Renewing the World: New Research at the Spiro Ceremonial Center" in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at U of A Fort Smith. For more information about Spiro Mounds, visit the Oklahoma Historical Society website.

And what have we been up to on this sunny  day? U of A Archaeological Survey's Tim Mulvihill has been mapping the Norwood Cemetery site with helpers Dan, Donna, Otis and Sue.


We are a productive group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of South Sebastian County. We hope you'll consider attending a meeting and joining us in our efforts. We meet the third Monday of each month at 7 PM at Farmer' Bank Community Room in Greenwood, AR.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Of Trappers, Traders and the Miltary Road

It's always a rewarding experience locating speakers for our monthly Historical Society meetings. They are always an interesting lot and much to offer an audience. This year's speakers, beginning with February 17's National Park Ranger Cody Faber, will not disappoint. Cody, who once worked at the Daniel Boone home in Defiance, MO, will entertain the group with tales of Boone's forays into northern Arkansas and will educate us about the early trappers, bear hunters and traders who made Arkansas their home.

In the spring, Ranger/Historian Loren McLane will teach us about the construction of the Little Rock-Fort Gipson military road, it's significance to the creation of communities along its route, its effect on the native peoples  and the role it played in the acculturation of Fort Smith and its residents. We had an opportunity to hear Loren speak recently and we predict you will see Sebastian County through new eyes after hearing his presentation.

Happily, we discover that all things are interrelated when we take time to look. Aaron Barling, founder of the Sebastian County community of the same name, will be the topic of a fall presentation. We will learn about Aaron's arrival and establishment of a home in Spring Hill (now Barling) which served as a most popular overnight stop for travelers on the military road. We'll hear about his relationships with the Rogers, Kannady and Cravens families of Fort Smith, who are each connected in their own way with the road and the garrison on the river.

We hope this small sampling of presenters and their topics will pique your curiosity and that you'll plan to be in regular attendance at our monthly meetings: Third Monday of each month, 7 PM, Farmer's Bank Community Room, Greenwood, AR.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Arkansas Frontiersmen



Have you ever wondered what kind of men and women left their comfortable homes and journeyed into the western wilderness? What manner of man decided to plunk himself and his family down in the valley between the Ozarks and the Ouachitas? Our next speaker will have answers to these questions- and more- at our upcoming meeting.

Greenwood’s own Cody Faber, Park Ranger and VIP Coordinator at the Fort Smith National Historic Site,  will address the February 17, 2014 meeting of the South Sebastian County Historical Society.  Faber will discuss the early American frontier experience as exemplified by Daniel Boone, his family and his contemporaries and the role of hunting and trapping in the nation’s westward expansion,  its financial importance in Arkansas during the late 18th and early 19th centuries and the unique character and nature of Arkansas’s early settlers.  


(pictured, Park Ranger Cody Faber)
Faber is a native Arkansan and a graduate of Greenwood High School. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Historical Interpretation at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Historical Interpretation at Lindenwood University. Cody is uniquely qualified to speak to the character of the frontiersman, as a former interpreter at the Daniel Boone home in Defiance, MO. Faber is currently working with the National Park Service at the Fort Smith National Historic Site.  He resides in Hackett, Arkansas.

The Historical Society meeting will convene at 7 PM, Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Farmer’s Bank Community Room, 7 West Center Street in Greenwood. All are welcome to attend.  For more information, call 996-6357.