Chamber celebrates Lawrence County’s 200th anniversary

This year’s Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet paid tribute to the 200th anniversary of Lawrence County. The theme was “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Celebrating Lawrence County 1815-2015.

The banquet, held Thursday evening at The Studio in downtown Walnut Ridge, featured Tom Dillard, who is one of Arkansas’ leading historians, who spoke about some of the county’s more colorful and interesting historic citizens.


John Andrews (left) of Walnut Ridge visits with Tom Dillard, who was the featured speaker at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Dillard is a well-known Arkansas historian, archivist and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Birthday cake, in the shape of Lawrence County, was served to the more than 125 attendees. Dr. Lisa Perry, archival manager from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan, displayed several documents from Lawrence County’s earlier history.

Prior to Dillard’s speech, Jon Walter read a proclamation from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The proclamation recognized the 200th anniversary of Lawrence County.


Viewing historic Lawrence County documents at the chamber banquet are (from left): James Whitlow, Jon Walter, and Dr. Lisa Perry, who brought the documents from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan, where she is archival manager. TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Read the entire article at the Times Dispatch


Arkansas Historical Association Annual Awards

Anyone interested in submitting books, essays, manuscripts, journal articles, etc… for consideration for an award while you’re cooped up for the winter months? Most have to be submitted by Feb 2014, details at the following link.

Upcoming Arkansas History Commission Seminar

The Arkansas History Commission
and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives Present

Disasters, Depravity and Judgment:
Studies and Stories From 1890s-1930s Arkansas

August 3, 2013
9 am – 3 pm
Male-Female Academy
Powhatan Historic State Park

Featured Speakers

Dr. Brooks Blevins
“Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South”

Blake Perkins
“Ain’t Fightin for them Ungodly ‘Silk Hatted’ Fellers: Draft Resistance During WWI”

Lauren Jarvis
“Water, Water Everywhere: Arkansas and the 1927 Flood”

Jane Wilkerson
“U. S. District Attorney Charles Finley Cole: A Teddy Roosevelt Republican in a Yellow Dog State”

Lunch is provided to those who register by July 30

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Teachers receive 2 hours Arkansas History Professional Development credit!

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities