McElroy House Archive

Vulnerable and Sturdy: Why Yarrow is Amazing

  The Backyard Living column is a regular feature in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and a partnership between this site, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the June issue ofABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats.
Category: ABOUT the River Valley Magazine

Parenting Resources and Birth Options (Partnership piece with the McElroy House)

This story originally ran in the May issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine in partnership with the Boiled Down Juice and McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action.  In many ways becoming a new parent (or even becoming a parent for the third, fourth, or fifth time) can feel like navigating a complicated maze.
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Decoration Days in Yell County 2014

May is the month of Decoration Days, the time of year when people from around the area visit area cemeteries to tend to the graves and decorate their loved one’s resting places with vibrant flowers. For many people Decoration Day was this past weekend, Mother’s Day. For others Decoration Day takes place this weekend or
Category: Arkansas

Rachel Carson’s Birthday, Butterfly Resources, New Column Dates

This column originally ran Sunday April 20, 2014.  This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the death of naturalist Rachel Carson, author of the landmark 1962 book, Silent Spring in which she spoke out about the increased used of chemical pesticide and warned the public about the longterm effects DDT on the soil, the
Category: Arkansas

50 Years After the War on Poverty: ARVAC and Local Stories

  This Seed and the Story column originally ran in February of 2014. January of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his first State of the Union address on January 8, 1964, Johnson called upon the nation to aggressively fight the 19% poverty rate, exclaiming,“We shall not rest
Category: Arkansas

Visiting Pine Ridge Gardens

Pine Ridge Gardens is located down a dirt road outside of London, Arkansas. Owned and operated by Mary Ann King, this native plant nursery has been in operation for over twenty-two years and specializes in tree, plant, shrub and grass species native to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. The nursery hosts a few open house
Category: Arkansas

Learning from the Leaves

Every time my four-year old sons pass a pile of leaves they look up at me excitedly with a lilt in their voice. “Mom, it’s still fall!” they exclaim with wonder as they jump or kick their way through the crunch and squish of the pile. Kids seem to understand the magic of fallen leaves.
Category: Arkansas

Womens’ Stories, A Midwifes Tale, and Intergenerational Listening

Back when I was an undergraduate at UCA, one of my history professor’s required us to read the Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-182. The book later inspired a PBS series of the same name. Published in 1990 by historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the
Category: Arkansas

Meet the Growers: James Obie Woods

This is part of our ongoing series profiling regional growers as part of the McElroy’s House’s Garden Book Project to be released this spring. Go here to learn more!  The temperatures are growing cooler and gardens will enter their dormant phase to prepare for the birth of spring. At the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural
Category: African American

Pies for Pavement Event October 17th: Stories from Pie Makers

Recently this column touched on the importance of regional baking traditions. At the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action, myself and Marie Williams have been working on a series of events highlighting the stories of a few of our region’s local pie makers to be featured in our Pies for Pavement
Category: Arkansas