Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Civil War Activities Abound in June

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

Airing of the Quilts- Fun for All

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

Quilt Show Benefits SSCHS

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

Save the Date for Lawbreakers and Peacemakers

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.