Pope County Archive

Living Out the Land Ethic: The Campbells in Pope County

This week’s Seed and the Story column is part of the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action’s ongoing series featuring the stories of local growers in the Yell and Pope County regions of central Arkansas. To learn more about the Garden Book project, go here.  Interested in supporting this work? Click
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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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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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The Seed and the Story: A Changing Landscape and the Creation of Lake Dardanelle

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.  Thanks so much for reading! Lake Dardanelle is one the region’s largest tourist attractions.  With numerous opportunities
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The Seed and the Story: WPA Guide to 1930s Arkansas

Created in 1935, the Federal Writers’ Project, a branch of the Works Progress Administration, provided employment for out-of-work historians, teachers, librarians, and a host of other writers and researchers suffering from the economic devastation of the Great Depression. Just as the Civilian Conservation Corps provided jobs for the creation of infrastructure, the Federal Writers’ Project
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The Seed and the Story: Photography and the Creation of the Ozark St-Francis National Forests

In 1981 the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service published a book by Sharon M.W. Bass’s entitled, For the Trees: An Illustrated History of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests 1908-1978.  Tracing the development of the forest from its early beginnings in 1908 as only the second National Forest and the first
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The Seed and the Story: Bullfrog Valley Gang.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column published in the Post Dispatch, and syndicated in the Courier, exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, storytelling, human rights,and community in Yell County (and surrounding areas), Arkansas. We focus on the local but the concepts are (hopefully) universal.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent media!  The Seed
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The Seed and the Story: Locally Grown in Pope County

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, sustainability, oral history, human rights,and community in Yell County (and surrounding areas), Arkansas.    We focus on the local but the concepts are universal.  The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier.  Please remember to support your local paper and independent
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The Seed and the Story: ARVAC and VISTA, Folk Arts and the War on Poverty in Arkansas.

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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The Seed and the Story: CAAH and Arkansas Seed Swaps

The Seed and the Story is a bi-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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