Artifact of the Week

Artifact of the Week — July 9, 2020

On July 1, 1956, Congress passed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act for the construction of 41,000 miles of interstate highways over a 20 year period.  This Popular Science Magazine from May 1956, showcases articles about the interstate highway plan as well as planning a city in space, tractors, satellites, a race track in … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 27, 2020

A 7.25″ by 9.25″ photo of birthday party gathering for Mabel Brown in Newport, AR, at Lonnie Brown’s house in 1960’s.  Photo shows J. M. Watkins and wife, Mabel, and O. J. Watkins, both preachers.  See Surname file for identification.  Other names:  Kenard, Harper, Brown.  Family.  Holiday. Recreation. Blacks. Photo of birthday party for Mabel … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 20, 2020

L to R: Billingsly, Ed/Watkins, J.M. (1st cousin of Lillie Mae’s husband Arvin Watkins)/Balem, Lizzie/ Darty, Ernest (tallest man) and his wife standing in front of him- Dary, Lizzie Noland (Lillie Mae’s parents)/, and their child Darty, Essie (one of twins)/Billingsly, Herbert (son of Abe Billingsly)/and his wife standing in front of and to his … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 13, 2020

In honor of Dr. Wesley John Ketz’s birthday today. 3 biographies of Frances Barnett Ketz & Dr. Wesley John Ketz. A)  An autobiography that Frances Barnett Ketz apparently wrote for a class reunion – Class of 1936. B)  The manuscript used by master of ceremonies in introducing the King White River, 1997, who was Dr. … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — January 29, 2020

In celebration of S.A. Hail’s birthday today. Photocopied newspaper article from a Batesville newspaper of unknown date entitled “1949 Marks Seventieth Anniversary of the Founding of Hail Dry Goods Company, One of the Big Business Concerns in Northern Arkansas.”  Includes photographs of Betty Hail, Conway Hail, Jr., Conway Hail Sr., S.A. Hail, and the Hail … Continue reading »

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