Saturday, December 31, 2011
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Blackstock also contributed andirons crafted by Wilson Lumpkin Davis for the cabin, a wool card, and wooden butter mold owned and used by the family.
Many thanks to Sandra for her generosity. The chairs look "at home" around the cabin's kitchen table.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
SSCHS will be at Fall Fest, November 5 at Bell Park in Greenwood. Please stop by our booth while you're enjoying the activities and beautiful fall weather. Look for our big banner. We'll be selling Key Magazines, various books of local interest, Old Jail t-shirts and notecards designed by local artists Glenda Wallace and Martha Efurd.
The star of our show, however, will be miner Charlie McNabb (portrayed by Charles Efurd). Efurd will relate the story of Charlie's search for gold right there in Bell Park. Charlie acquired a map from a Native American showing the location of the treasure, reportedly buried by early tribesmen in order to hide the treasure from the approaching explorer LaSalle. Come out and hear this fascinating true tale as only Charles Efurd can tell it.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
We're enouraged by your response and plan to expand the event next year!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Regular monthly meeting of the Historical Society Monday, Oct. 17, 7 PM at the Community Room, Farmer's Bank. Cody Faber of the Fort Smith National Historic Site is the guest speaker. All are welcome.Refreshments following meeting.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Greenwood Memorial Cemetery
Sunday, Oct 16, 2011
Free, donations welcome
For more information, call 479-996-6357.
Sponsored by South Sebastian County Historical Society.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
SSCHS Vice President Glenda Wallace arranged for Historic Society members to serve as guides aboard an historic green trolley. The trolley transported riders to historic sites about town as the guides provided facts about Greenwood's past. Over 300 riders took advantage of the opportunity to escape the heat and learn a little local history.
Our ties to the "wild west" were not forgotten during the celebration. The Lawbreakers and Peacemakers, an historical reenactment group performing on the town square, related and re-enacted the true tale of a local disagreement that ended in a shootout and two murders. Herschel Parker, songwriter and guitarist and member of the group, entertained the crowd with his songs about the legendary Belle Starr and U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves.
Several of the historic buildings at the Old Jail Museum Complex were closed July 4 because of the extreme heat. Those buildings have re-opened and are once again welcoming visitors during regular operating hours.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Forty members of the South Sebastian County Historical Society toured Van Buren's historic 1836 Drennen-Scott house last evening. Tom Wing, director and assistant professor at U of A Fort Smith, guided members through the site and detailed the history of John Drennen, the home's original owner, and the structure. Members learned that Drennen was instrumental in the nation's western expansion and entertained friends such as Sam Houston and Albert Pike in the home. The home has been occupied solely by Drennen-Scott family members since its construction. Click here to learn more.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Civil War Sallie is coming to visit the Old Jail Museum in July. Sallie is the brainchild of Sarah B., a 6th grade student at St. Patricks School in Carlise, Pa. She travels the country visiting Civil War sites and helping children learn about Civil War history and technology. Visit Sallie's site to learn more or catch her blog here.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Thanks for casting your vote for the Old Jail! Today's the last day for voting, so you have one last chance to help us rise in the ranks. We are currently at #112 (up from 154)! Vote at http://www.arkansas.com/175
I ran across a wonderful video about the Underground Railroad. If you can spare five minutes, give it a look. You won't be disappointed. And please come see Historian Sue Edwards' Underground Railroad Quilt upstairs at the Old Jail Museum. It will inspire thoughts of the bravery of escaped slaves and the "station masters" who helped them find their way to freedom.
The woman pictured is Harriet Tubman, famous worker on the Underground Railroad who made 13 trips to the South and freed 70 slaves.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Want to participate in Arkansas's Septaquintaquinquecentennial (Whew! That's a mouthful!) Celebration and support the Old Jail Museum? Please go to their site and cast your vote.
The State is running a poll to identify the Top 10 destinations in Arkansas. Right now we're at #154 and rising! Give us a hand by casting your vote. You can vote once a day through June 8.
Click here to vote in the Arkansas Best Poll.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
June offers many opportunities for those wanting to explore the history of the Civil War in Arkansas. Take a look at the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission's calendar of events. And stop by the Old Jail Museum, if you haven't already, and see our new exhibits, which include a bas relief brass powder flask.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Blustery weather didn't keep away the quilters and quilt afficianados who attended Saturday's and Sunday's second annual "Airing of the Quilts." Sponsored by the Alpha Delta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha as a benefit for the South Sebastian Historical Society, the show at the Rock Gym featured approximately 125 contemporary quilts and several vendors. Vintage quilts were displayed at the Old Jail Museum Complex.
At the Museum Complex, entertainment and education were provided by Lori Brown of Sarahkate Fibers (spinning), Ada Sanderson (quilting on a treadle machine), vocalist/ guitarist/ song writer Hershel Parker, and historical re-enactors Lawbreakers and Peacemakers. Also on hand were the Master Gardeners, selling plants.
Monday, May 9, 2011
The Airing of the Quilts, sponsored by Alpha Delta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, is back! The show runs Saturday, May 14 (9-5) and Sunday, May 15 (9-4)at three locations in Greenwood, AR. Contemporary quilts will be displayed at the historic Rock Gym and the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. Vintage quilts may be seen at the Old Jail Museum Complex. Tickets are $5 and available at the Rock Gym and Old Jail. A ticket admits you to all venues. Visitors to the Old Jail Museum Complex will see vintage quilts (including several Civil War era quilts)displayed among Civil War artifacts in the 1898 Old Jail, 1848 Vineyard Log Cabin, Ole Barn and Redwine Pioneer Schoolhouse. There will be a silent auction at the Schoolhouse.
At the Old Jail Museum Complex, a demonstration of quilting using a treadle sewing machine will be provided by Ada Sanderson. Lori Brown, of Sarahkate Fibers, will demonstrate spinning. Vendors at this location will include Master Gardeners, who will be selling plants and herbs, Sarahkate Fibers, who will be selling hand spun and hand dyed yarns, and the South Sebastian County Historical Society, who will sell a variety of Museum products including t-shirts, ornaments, notecards designed by Glenda Wallace and Martha Efurd, and Key Magazines.
Vendors of quilting supplies will be located at the Rock Gym.
Please join us to see these beautiful, handcrafted works of art and support SSCHS.
(Directions to Rock Gym: Entering Greenwood on 10 Spur (Center St.), turn north (left if approaching from Fort Smith area, right if approaching from Booneville area)at the town square onto Main Street. Travel several blocks. You'll see the Rock Gym on the right on the Junior High- High School Campus, just past the Adminstration Building. Directions to Church: From Main Street, turn west on Denver (landmarks on this corner include the historic Harper House and McConnell Funeral Home). Directions to Old Jail Museum Complex: This site is located on the southeast corner of the town square (corner of Main and Center St/ 10 Spur).
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
A lively historical re-enactment by the Lawbreakers and Peacemakers will be woven into the Airing of the Quilts show, Saturday, May 14, at 2 PM in front of the Old Jail. Everyone is invited to attend. The performance is free.
While tickets are not required to view the re-enactment, they are required for visitors who also want to view the quilts. They are $5 and are available at the Rock Gym and Old Jail May 14 (9-5) and 15 (9-4). A ticket admits visitors to the quilt show at the Rock Gym, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church and
Old Jail Museum Complex. Proceeds from the quilt show benefit the South Sebastian County Historical Society.
Come on out and see these tough hombres take on Greenwood history.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We found more than Easter eggs last Sunday at the Old Jail Museum Complex. A large ash tree found its way onto the roof of the barn. Tremendous rainfall and high winds seem to have been the cause. Today, workers are busy removing the tree and will begin making the necessary repairs. We request no visitors to that area, please, as this work proceeds.
We expect everything to be back to normal for our May 5 opening.
Friday, April 22, 2011
The preschoolers from First Baptist Church were happy to see the sun come out today so they could enjoy their Easter egg hunt in the grass around the Vineyard Log Cabin. Where's a camera when you need one?!
Colorful eggs weren't the only surprise. Our Key Magazines have finally been received from the printer (well, the first 150). Some are being hand delivered; others were mailed today. We're awaiting delivery of the remaining issues and hope to have them in your hands soon.
If you'd like to purchase this (or earlier) issues of the Key , please stop by the Old Jail Museum during regular hours of operation. Issues through 2005 are $5.00. Issues 2006-Present are $10. We're open May 5- October 31, 11 AM- 3 PM, Thursday- Saturday.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Residents have a chance to display their heirloom quilts or latest quilted creations at the upcoming Airing of the Quilts, May 14 and 15.
Owners of new quilts must have sleeve attached for ease of hanging. For more information call Kay Voss 479-883-0254 or Joyce Cormack 479-996-4474.
If you want to display an heirloom quilt, it is not necessary to attach a sleeve. Special arrangements will be made to display heirloom quilts in the historic district. We will accept heirloom quilts at the Old Jail Museum May 13. They may be picked up at 4 PM May 15. Special arrangements can be made if these times don't work for you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Edwards at 479-883-6412 for more information. The deadline to register heirloom quilts is May 10.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Expect to see lots of changes at the Museum this season. All the exhibits are new. Visitors are greeted by a new sign. The sign was created by Scott Winford of Greenwood. Scott is the artisan who creates the handsome chainsaw sculptures you see around town. His majestic eagle graced the town square. Many thanks to Scott for donating his time and talents to the creation of our new sign!