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Artifact of the Week — March 18, 2021

Sarah Esther Case was the first woman foreign missionary in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Batesville in Independence County. Born in Izard County in 1868, she joined the Woman’s Foreign Mission Society at the age of 18. She was well-educated and served as a teacher and principal in Mexico for many years. Her mission … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — March 11, 2021

Four carpenter augers for use with wood, mounted on board and covered with burlap. Largest auger 14″ x 17″, smallest 13″ no handle. Measurement of entire board: 18 1/2 x 26 1/2.  Owned by James S. Smith, suveyor for Independence County 1869-1872.   Burge/Deere collection

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Artifact of the Week — March 4, 2021

On March 4, 2021 we celebrate National Pancake Day!   In Batesville, the word “pancakes” may bring to mind the well-established Kiwanis Club Pancake Day.  The following excerpt is from an article by Dr. O.E. Jones in The Batesville Daily Guard on October 8, 1971: “In July the Board of Directors of the Batesville Kiwanis club … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 25, 2021

A 5″ x 3″ photo of “Coz” and Amy, two free Black women in Fitzhugh, Arkansas.  The photo was taken  August  1913 and is part of a leatherbound photo album belonging to Mary Maxfield Fitzhugh, Batesville, Arkansas.    (OIRM Spragins, C. Fitzhugh collection)    

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Artifact of the Week — February 18, 2021

Children at Central School PTA and Halloween, 1968, Batesville. They are shown eating and drinking bottled Coca Cola.  Both white and black children at dining tables. (OIRM Estate of John Purtle collection)

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