Fall 2023 “Facts and Fiddlings” Now Available

The Faulkner County Historical Society (FCHS) recently published its “Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings” Fall 2023 issue. While members receive their issue via email, others may purchase copies at the Faulkner County Museum.

The new journal features an article on the Peter Paul Loetscher family, written by Dan Durning, a retired Duke University and University of Georgia professor who lives in Washington State. The Loetschers, one of the first homesteaded a 160-acre farm on land today bounded by Continue reading

Mt. Olive/Bedford Chapel Historical Marker Placed for The Colony

Our neighbors with the White County Historical Society have unveiled a historical marker commemorating the history of the area known as The Colony and the founding families of Mount Olive/Bedford Chapel.

The marker, which was unveiled on July 21, 2023, is located at the Mt. Olive/Bedford Chapel Cemetery at 371 Manning Road in the Mount Vernon area.

According to a news release, Bedford Chapel is one of the last remaining signs of the area between Rose Bud and Mount Vernon known as The Colony. Continue reading

FCHS Essay Winner 2023: Sydney Drew Evans

Editor’s Note: This year’s winner of the FCHS Scholarship is Sydney Drew Evans. Daughter of Joseph and Samantha Evans, Sydney recently graduated from Conway High School with a weighted GPA of 4.1522, 38th in her class of 689

My interest in history has influenced not only my academic life but my personal one as well. I’ve always loved learning and gathering information about the world around me, but I’ve found that history is possibly the most valuable asset for the modern person.

My interest in history started with the History Channel and learning about ancient Egyptians and mummies, but I’ve grown far beyond charismatic show hosts and large books made for elementary students. I believe that my penchant for history will be instrumental in both my college and professional career, and far beyond. Continue reading

Arkansas Most Endangered Places Adds 3 Locations in 2023

“Two historic Arkansas properties and one neighborhood are on this year’s list of “Most Endangered Places” from the nonprofit Preserve Arkansas.

“The annual list highlights historic structures that are most at risk of being demolished, forgotten or developed in an insensitive way.

… “one entry, Centennial Baptist Church in Helena-West Helena, has been in danger of Continue reading

“Tiny Toads” Highlight Historic Sites in Conway

“The Conway Department of Public Works spent the morning [April 19, 2023] installing the world famous Tiny Toads throughout downtown.

“The Tiny Toads tour will highlight 11 unique historic sites around downtown Conway each featuring a bronze toad fashioned by artist Calvin Stinger.

“This interactive art installation aims to foster public interaction with the piece, inspire creativity, and promote the education of Conway’s unique history. Continue reading