In the spring, Ranger/Historian Loren McLane will teach us about the construction of the Little Rock-Fort Gipson military road, it's significance to the creation of communities along its route, its effect on the native peoples and the role it played in the acculturation of Fort Smith and its residents. We had an opportunity to hear Loren speak recently and we predict you will see Sebastian County through new eyes after hearing his presentation.
Happily, we discover that all things are interrelated when we take time to look. Aaron Barling, founder of the Sebastian County community of the same name, will be the topic of a fall presentation. We will learn about Aaron's arrival and establishment of a home in Spring Hill (now Barling) which served as a most popular overnight stop for travelers on the military road. We'll hear about his relationships with the Rogers, Kannady and Cravens families of Fort Smith, who are each connected in their own way with the road and the garrison on the river.
We hope this small sampling of presenters and their topics will pique your curiosity and that you'll plan to be in regular attendance at our monthly meetings: Third Monday of each month, 7 PM, Farmer's Bank Community Room, Greenwood, AR.