Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fifth Annual Airing of the Quilts May 3 and 4

Warm weather means its time to air the quilts. This was the practice among our grandmothers. After a long winter's use, quilts needed refreshing. Clotheslines and porches were draped with the quilter's handiwork. May 3 and 4 there is an opportunity to experience that again as Greenwood welcomes the Fifth Annual Airing of the Quilts.

Front porches and shop windows will be graced with family quilts to welcome visitors to the Show at the Old Rock Gym, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the beautifully restored gym there will be over a hundred quilts on display. Visitors will be enchanted with these samples of the quilter's art. There will be vendors and a silent auction, as well.

Won't you plan to join us?

Airing of the Quilts
Saturday, May 3, 9-5
Sunday, May 4, 12-4
Tickets, $5 at the Door
Historic Old Rock Gym, 300 East Gary Street
Greenwood AR 72936

For more info, call 479-806-1081

Directions: Exit Highway 71 South at Greenwood Exit "10 Spur" (Center Street)
Turn left at 3rd traffic light (at town square) onto Main Street
Historic Old Rock Gym is at the intersection of Main and Gary, on the right

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Warm Weather Brings Activity

With this week's sneak preview of spring, we find ourselves busy as bees. Hope you have room on your calender for some upcoming activities of interest.

  • Monday, March 17, 7 PM: Slideshow and lecture- Trains of South Sebastian County with train enthusiasts/experts Mike Condren and John Dill. This promises to be a popular presentation to arrive early to snag a seat. 7 PM, Farmers Bank Community Bldg., 71 West Center Street, Greenwood, AR.
  • Tuesday, March 18, 7 PM: Dr. George Sabo III, director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, will present "Renewing the World: New Research at the Spiro Ceremonial Center" in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at U of A Fort Smith. For more information about Spiro Mounds, visit the Oklahoma Historical Society website.

And what have we been up to on this sunny  day? U of A Archaeological Survey's Tim Mulvihill has been mapping the Norwood Cemetery site with helpers Dan, Donna, Otis and Sue.

We are a productive group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of South Sebastian County. We hope you'll consider attending a meeting and joining us in our efforts. We meet the third Monday of each month at 7 PM at Farmer' Bank Community Room in Greenwood, AR.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Of Trappers, Traders and the Miltary Road

It's always a rewarding experience locating speakers for our monthly Historical Society meetings. They are always an interesting lot and much to offer an audience. This year's speakers, beginning with February 17's National Park Ranger Cody Faber, will not disappoint. Cody, who once worked at the Daniel Boone home in Defiance, MO, will entertain the group with tales of Boone's forays into northern Arkansas and will educate us about the early trappers, bear hunters and traders who made Arkansas their home.

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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Arkansas Frontiersmen

Have you ever wondered what kind of men and women left their comfortable homes and journeyed into the western wilderness? What manner of man decided to plunk himself and his family down in the valley between the Ozarks and the Ouachitas? Our next speaker will have answers to these questions- and more- at our upcoming meeting.

Greenwood’s own Cody Faber, Park Ranger and VIP Coordinator at the Fort Smith National Historic Site,  will address the February 17, 2014 meeting of the South Sebastian County Historical Society.  Faber will discuss the early American frontier experience as exemplified by Daniel Boone, his family and his contemporaries and the role of hunting and trapping in the nation’s westward expansion,  its financial importance in Arkansas during the late 18th and early 19th centuries and the unique character and nature of Arkansas’s early settlers.  

(pictured, Park Ranger Cody Faber)
Faber is a native Arkansan and a graduate of Greenwood High School. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Historical Interpretation at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Historical Interpretation at Lindenwood University. Cody is uniquely qualified to speak to the character of the frontiersman, as a former interpreter at the Daniel Boone home in Defiance, MO. Faber is currently working with the National Park Service at the Fort Smith National Historic Site.  He resides in Hackett, Arkansas.

The Historical Society meeting will convene at 7 PM, Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Farmer’s Bank Community Room, 7 West Center Street in Greenwood. All are welcome to attend.  For more information, call 996-6357.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Eda Vallis Evans Query

 We are happy to assist, to the degree we're able, in locating genealogical information. We are an all-volunteer organization and rely to a large degree on the internet and social media to disseminate information. Today we're sharing a request for information regarding the burial place of Eda Vallis Evans, a former resident of Huntington. Please contact us if you can provide information.
"Looking for burial place of Eda (Vallis) Evans, who died August 12, 1899 in Huntington. She was survived by her husband, Frederick Evans Sr., who worked for a coal mining company, and four children: Frederick Jr., born May 1887 in Wales; Archibald, born Oct 1891 in Huntington; Edward, born Nov 1895 in Huntington; and mother, Gladys, born Dec 1897 in Huntington. Two of Frederick and Eda's young children are also buried somewhere in Huntington: Augustus (1889-1891) and Laura (1893-1896). After Eda's death in 1899, Frederick Sr. and the four children moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to be near relatives.

The Evans family was apparently well-known in Huntington since a local newspaper there reported on the death of Frederick Sr., which occurred on February 15, 1909 in Boston, nearly 10 years after the family had moved from the area."

Pictured are Eda and Frederick, Sr.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Griffith Plantation in Sebastian County, AR

A family researcher writes looking for information about the Sebastian County plantation of Samuel Acass "Cass" Griffith and family. The plantation was said to have been located near the community of Excelsior and consisted of 2,000 acres, which some conjecture was granted to emancipated slaves following the Civil War. The 1860 federal census shows Samuel living near Eaton Tatum.  The sons served in the Confederate Army, John having been a colonel of great reputation and "Moss" reportedly having been wounded. Please comment to www.facebook.com/OldJailMuseum or mail information to SSCHS, P.O. Box 523, Greenwood, AR 72936.

 Samuel Acass Griffith
 Colonel John Griffith
Samuel "Moss" Griffith

Friday, December 20, 2013

Moving Into the Future

The Historical Society celebrated the end of the 2013 season with its annual Christmas banquet, lovingly prepared by our Sue Lewis and her crew. The 2014 officers-elect were presented: President-Elect Bob Turner, Vice-President-Elect Donna Goldstein, Curator-Corresponding Secretary Elect Sue Lewis, Recording Secretary-Elect Elysa Turner, Historian Joicie McConnell Gilbreath, and Treasurer Cinda Bell.

Plans for 2014 are beginning to take shape with the member's January bean supper and our first program of the year featuring National Park Ranger Cody Faber. More on that later...We hope you'll consider joining us in 2014. Membership is $15 for an individual and $25 for a family and includes a copy of the Society's annual publication, The Key. Membership requests can be mailed to SSCHS, P. O. Box 523, Greenwood, AR 72936.
Pictured, Cody Faber, Park Ranger, Fort Smith Historic Site.