Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Members Tour Historic Drennen-Scott Property

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

Check Out Civil War Sallie

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 Voting!

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

Vote for the "Old Jail Museum"

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.