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Artifact of the Week — June 17, 2021

Many years ago, on June 17 . . . Photo 1:  Common School Diploma certifying that Minnie Davidson had completed course of study at The Evening Shade High School that was required to be taught in the public schools.  Dated June 17, 1905. (Katherine Stokes and Family collection) Photo 2:  Ninth Annual Commencement Arkansas College, … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — June 10, 2021

Today is National Black Cow day! A black cow in this instance is another name for a root beer float, which is usually made with root beer and vanilla ice cream but sometimes chocolate ice cream is used instead. (It was suggested that cola flavor could be substituted for root beer, but that moves in … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — June 3, 2021

Surrender at JacksonportHere on June 5, 1865 Confederate General Jeff Thompson formally surrendered the army of Northern Arkansas to Union military authorities. More than five thousand officers and enlisted men who served under Thompson were paroled here, as were several hundred more Confederate soldiers from other commands. At the time of surrender the Confederates were … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — May 13, 2021

This commemorative plate, circa 1970s, is 10″, cream colored with a gold border.  The drawing on front of the plate is reddish-brown.  On the back of the plate is a description of the drawing.  The plate was produced by World Wide Art Studios of Covington, Tennessee.  “First Presbyterian Church, Batesville, Arkansas, Organized May 12, 1842”  … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — May 6, 2021

Photo 1: Nurses Alma Engler and Hester Gray. Date unknown (Dr. Wesley J. Ketz collection) Photo 2: Nurses “Shorty” and Merle Suiberth, probably taken late 40s to 50s. (Dr. Wesley J. Ketz collection)    Photo 3: Glendolyn Tichnor and Minnie Scott in nurse uniform, in front of log home.  July 1942. (Jarvis, Shirley collection)

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