Arkansas Archive

Early Documentation from Sulphur Springs

It’s been several months since we put out a call looking for stories from Sulphur Springs, a former resort community located near Harkey Valley in Yell County. There’s not much there now except a few houses and a cemetery, but in the late 1800s and early 1900s the healing springs attracted wealthy men and women
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Reflecting on Dwight Mission

This week’s column continues an ongoing series highlighting entries from the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture that pertain to the region. Driving down Highway 64 along the Illinois Bayou, there’s a boat ramp that provides access to Lake Dardanelle and sign for a place called Dwight Mission. Today it’s nothing but a cemetery,
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A Study to Strengthen Local Food Systems in the Little Rock Area

There’s a new project underway in Little Rock  helping to identify the underpinnings of a vibrant, healthy and local food system. Engaging a diverse group of stakeholders including civic leaders, institutional leaders, politicians, business leaders, food producers, and consumers, the project will engage in participatory research to learn what exactly the city needs to support
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Meeting the Chickens, an update on the McElroy House Garden Book Project

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and here on the blog.  In past columns I’ve discussed the work at the McElroy House: Organization for
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Little Rock Stories Collaborative Training Event

A few months ago we posted about Little Rock Stories, a group working to document and share stories to help strengthen the Little Rock community. “We want people to share experiences and connect with others,” reads their project overview statement,”strengthening ties across the city and showing what their neighborhoods need to thrive.” Initially the group
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Dealing with Drought: Portraits from Three Little Rock Community Gardens

Little Rock’s local food movement is growing. Throughout the city vacant lots are transforming into community gardens and local farmers markets are thriving. But how are these ventures, many of them only a year or two old, dealing with unprecedented heat and drought? Produced for KUAF’s Ozarks at Large program, this radio piece profiles three Little
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The Seed and the Story: Channeling the Tradition of Gleaning

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County, Arkansas.   The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!  The Seed and the Story column is just of many features you can
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Friday Video: “We Got to Have More Love, More Understanding…” Sister Rosetta Tharpe, France, 1960

If you’re not familiar with Arkansas’s own Sister Rosetta Tharpe, here’s a bit of background on this amazing woman from Cotton Plant who bridged the worlds of sacred and secular music.  From the Arkansas Encylcopedia: Rosetta Nubin was born in Cotton Plant (Woodruff County) on March 20, 1915, to Katie Bell Nubin, an evangelist, singer, and mandolin
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