Great News, Technical difficulties, Center’s First Donation, and Crazy Days.

As you can see, something is wrong with the graphics on the site. Not sure what happened, but I hope to have them up and running again soon.

I also plan on giving the updated information on the McElroy House very soon, which I am happy to say was unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission. More details on that to come!!

I am a bit behind on just about everything because just two days after I presented before the City Planning Commission and the plans for the McElroy House were approved, my husband and I had twin boys!! They were born a tiny bit early, but are healthy and happy and are sitting in their bouncy seats on the kitchen table as I write this post.

Needless to say, I have been a bit busy!

I am currently a full time mom, and plan on staying that way for quite a while…BUT that does not mean I am giving up plans for the McElroy House or that I am exiting the world of oral history and folklore. It just means I will be moving at a much slower pace for now.

More details on the plans for the Center and more are on the way, but before I go I want to mention the Center’s first donation. A good friend and distant relative named Floy came by our house the other day with something she thought I would enjoy. Inside the large trash bag was a Friendship Quilt made in the 1930s in an area of Yell County, Arkansas known as River Side. The community no longer exists today, but was once part of the cotton farming communities which is often collectively called Cardon Bottoms. Floy, and many of my mother’s relatives grew up in that area. The quilt was part of a fundraising event for the local schools, and when she was a young girl she was the one who drew the name of the winner of the quilt. She just so happened to draw the name of her teacher.

Years later after the teacher had died she ran into his wife and asked if they still had that quilt. His wife found it in storage, still in great shape, and passed it on to Floy. Floy kept it in storage for years. Recently she came across it, and decided to give it me. The quilt contains over twenty squares with names of women whose relatives still live in the area. Among the names are my two great grandmothers (women I never had the chance to meet), my great aunt, and my own maternal grandmother, Golda McElroy, who owned the McElroy House. I can think of no better place to hang it then in the living room of the Center.

We are far, far away from having the Center up and running. We need grant funding, lots of elbow grease, extra hours in the day to write the grants, and so much more.

But you have to start somewhere. So that’s what we are doing.