Yell County Archive

Oral History Radio: Life in the Logging Woods, Dynamiting Graves, and Bonaparte Rutledge

Here at the Boiled Down Juice we share a close partnership with the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action, a small-scale participatory research, media, and outreach program operating in central Arkansas, particularly Pope and Yell Counties. A big part of our work is grounded in community-based media, oral history and storytelling across
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River Oaks Press and Mt. Magazine Rural Record

One of the most rewarding aspects of writing this column is the opportunity to continually learn more about both the history of this area and the fascinating people who live here today. I recently learned about the work of Andy Anders and his River Oaks Press, a small, handset letterpress operation in Russellville. Anders hand
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Intergenerational Gardening with Whitney Wills and Bryan Mader

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. As part of our ongoing research via the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History and Community
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Ola from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

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 Boiled Down Juice. As an ongoing partnership with the online Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and
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Birta and Highway 10

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. It also runs each week on the Boiled Down Juice.  Heading down Highway 10 through the small
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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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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: Spider Lilies, Signs of Fall

Everywhere you look lawns and wooded areas are sprinkled with narrow stemmed, red flowers that appear to pop up out of nowhere. Often referred to as Spider Lilies, these bulb perennials indicate fall is near. Many plant lovers claim they bloom two weeks after the first late summer/early fall rain, and if there’s no September
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The Seed and the Story: Federal Writers Project Part 3: Slave Narratives from Arkansas

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring oral history, community life, traditions, sustainability in the Yell County area. 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 find on
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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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