Arkansas Archive

Visiting with Gardeners Part 1: Sisters Jennifer and Sage

I’ve been spending some time lately visiting with gardeners, asking about not only what they grow but how and why they grow. This is part of a larger research project with Utah folklorist Nelda Ault. We will be presenting our research at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in October. A few weeks
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Garden Practice: Food, Flowers, Research, People.

It’s gardening season here in Arkansas, and both my daily life and research seem to be circling things in bloom. The tomatoes are ripe; the pole beans are taller than me, and the peppers are plentiful. I love coming home from running errands to find squash, zucchini, snow and purple hull peas on my front
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Documenting Decoration Days

Beginning with the first weekend in May cemeteries throughout the Yell County area will hold their yearly decoration day, a time for families to decorate and clean their relatives’ graves. Decoration days continue throughout the month. I grew up watching my family participate in Decoration Days. When my father was young, decoration days served as
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What’s In the Works ~ The McElroy House: Center for Regional Oral History and Folklife Research

After much thought and time spent wondering where to go from here, I have decided to begin the process of creating a small oral history and folklife research center in my hometown. I have included my plans and ideas for the Center listed at the bottom of this post. I welcome any feedback!
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Decoration Days and Mother’s Day—beginning research

In the next few weeks, people all around the Yell County, Arkansas area will be decorating family graves. For our family Saturday the 9th is Decoration Day at Brearley, Cottontown, and Chickelah Cemeteries. The following week is Decoration Day at Harkey’s Valley cemetery. Sandwiched in between all these Decoration Days is Mother’s Day, a time
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The Rural Assembly and the Rural Compact.

Today I came across an organization called The Rural Assembly and I am so excited about their work and I think you will be too. The Rural Assembly is a part of the Center for Rural Strategies, an amazing organization whose fingers are all over most of the rural sustainable movements going on these days.
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