Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

President's Report to the Membership, 2007

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

President's Report to the Membership, 2007

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the past year has been a busy one for Arkansas historians. Last year's annual conference at the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View was one of the Arkansas Historical Association's most exciting and entertaining meetings ever. Brooks Blevins put together a wonderful program that combined interesting presentations with top-notch musical entertainment. The management and staff of the Folk Center helped make our stay in Mountain View most enjoyable. We greatly appreciate the time and effort that Brooks put into assembling the program.

Four new members joined our board of trustees last year-Joe Key, an assistant professor of history at Arkansas State University; Timothy Nutt from the Special Collections Department of the University of Arkansas Libraries in Fayetteville; Mike Polston, longtime high school history teacher from Cabot and now on the staff of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in Little Rock; and Tom Wing, formerly an interpretive ranger and historian at the Fort Smith National Historic Site and currently an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. These four have made an already strong board even stronger.

As I write this, preparations are being finalized for our 2007 annual conference at Little Rock in late April. Marking the fifty-year anniversary of the crisis at Little Rock Central High School, the program's theme is "Not Just Black and White: The Fight for Civil Rights in Arkansas." Program chair Laura Miller, chief of interpretation and cultural resources at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, has assembled an outstanding program, featuring presenters from all over the country and a keynote address by former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator Dale Bumpers. Laura has been ably assisted by fellow board members Sarah Gadberry and Tim Nutt. Gary Cox of Little Rock is handling local arrangements. Gary has put together what is perhaps the most varied set of activities ever at an annual meeting.

Patrick Williams continues to do an excellent job as editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Recent issues have dealt with such topics as black baseball in Little Rock, the lost Mississippi River town of Napoleon, and the origins of Arkansas's four regional universities. …

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