Artifact of the Week — June 25, 2020

Bank of Cave City, Eagle Street on right, Leonard Lewsaw on left.  Street became president in 1942 when Lewsaw became cashier
Bank of Cave City

Bank of Cave City, Eagle Street on right, Leonard Lewsaw on left.  Street became president in 1942 when Lewsaw became cashier.

Powell-Guard Collection # 1416

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Artifact of the Week — June 18, 2020

Alfred E. Smith and Joe T. Robinson
President and VP Candidates 1928

This poster is in our newest exhibit-Our Voices, Our Votes that is in place; in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit coming this fall entitled- Voices and Votes: Democracy in America.

Political poster showing photos of Alfred E. Smith of New York for U.S. President and Joe T. Robinson of Arkansas for Vice President. They were nominated at the Democratic Convention held in Houston, TX in June 1928. (They lost to Herbert Hoover)

Joseph T. Robinson was elected to Congress in 1902, elected Arkansas governor in 1912, U.S. Senator in 1913 by AR Legislature to fill vacancy created by the death of Jeff Davis. During the New Deal, Robinson “was unquestionably the most powreful man in the U.S. Senate” (Dougan’s book, p. 427) He died in July 1937 while serving as Senate Majority Leader.

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Artifact of the Week — June 11, 2020

History of State Flag of Arkansas
History of State Flag of Arkansas

History of State Flag of Arkansas from 1912, Pine Bluff, AR  as reported “Flag Day”, 1913.

It was the Daughters of the Revolution Pine Bluff chapter that in 1912, prompted the State General Assembly to adopt an official State Flag. Article explains the selected design.

This item is from the Linda Matthews collection

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Artifact of the Week — May 28, 2020

Crouch Funeral Home
Crouch Funeral Home

Crouch Funeral Home-We have a collection of burial records for the funeral home from its beginning in 1899. We are missing the time frame of November 19th, 1911 to December 6th , 1913.

If you have any burial notices from this time frame, or even the dates of your loved one, please let us know and copy your information.

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Artifact of the Week — March 12, 2020

Dota Creek Bridge Dedication
Dota Creek Bridge Dedication

Dota Creek Bridge Dedication.  Left to right: David Pinkney Whisnant, Clevia Whisnant, Charlie Cicero Whisnant, Dave Whisnant (boy climbing on brige), Grace Fortune ?, Lucy Whisnant, —-, Eliza Coon (Gallie) Fortune in back, Peter S. Fortune, Blanche ? Fortune, —-Fortune, —-Fortune, —–, David Dave Whisnant (Callie’s father).  Children: (boy with hat…a Fortune), —–, Fred Whisnant (in dress), Allie Whisnant, Harrell Whisnant.

           David Dave Whisnant was instrumental in the creation of this bridge.  Peter S. Fortune was born March 2, 1868 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  d. July 1, 1930 in Newark, Arkansas.  Eliza Gallie was born December 24, 1876 and died November 27, 1917 of the Spanish Influenza in Newark.  The photo was taken on the Dota Bridge near Pleasant Hill Cemetery. ca 1909

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