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Artifact of the Week – September 3, 2020

Dan Moody’s barber shop is located in Desha, Independence Co. AR.  Moody had graduated from Midwest Barber College in Peoria, Illinois and began his career as a barber in 1963. He moved to Desha and on Labor Day 1969 opened his shop. This began a 43 year career. Some of his customers said that he … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — August 13, 2020

In remembrance of Elvis Presley’s death on August  16, 1977, here are some images from the 1955 White River Carnival program. 1955 White River Queen: Nancy McCollum… Elvis performed at the Carnival on August 6th 1955

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Artifact of the Week — July 23, 2020

Three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan argued for the prosecution during the Scopes Trial in Tennessee in July of 1925.  Bryan visited Batesville, AR in 1910.  This image is a snapshot from OIRM’s newest exhibit Our Voices, Our Votes, created to accompany Voices and Votes:  Democracy in America which is scheduled for future display.  These … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — July 16, 2020

Did you know the world’s first parking meter, the Park-o-Meter, was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935? In this image, Dr. O. J. T. Johnston and his trusted horse utilize a parking meter on Main St, Batesville, Arkansas ca. 1960s. The horse is tethered to a parking meter in which Dr. Johnston is … Continue reading »

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How the Museum Happened

Enjoy this short video which describes how a former National Guard Armory became the Old Independence Regional Museum. Special thanks to Isabelle Rogers for video production!

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