First Baptist Church celebrated a milestone this year, the sesquicentennial (150 years) of its founding in 1871. A reprint of a Faulkner County: Its Land and People (1986) article by Corinne Westerfield Hilliard Robinson on the history of the church is the feature article for this Winter 2021 edition of Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings. Editor Cindy Beckman has also updated the article to include the church’s more recent history.
Mrs. Robinson’s family members had been consistent members of the church since 1878. She was faithful in documenting the history of the church as well as many other aspects of Faulkner County, contributing many articles to the 1986 county history book. Readers will enjoy learning Continue reading
The newest edition of “Fiddlings” is headed your way.
Read an article by Dr. Bob Crossman on the Butterfield Mail Route. Read Mary Rossi Hiegel’s account of Growing Up in Conway.
There’s also a Look Back at the Professors bluegrass band, an article on Swiss Immigration to Conway, and an article by Nancy Mitchell on the Luyet family. Copies available at Museum for $5.
By Judy Corcoran
The Spring 2021 issue of Faulkner County Facts and Fiddlings, the journal of the Faulkner County Historical Society, is now available at the Faulkner County Museum. Copies may be purchased at the Faulkner County Museum or on order at FCHS, P.O. Box 731, Conway, AR 72033.
This new issue features Nancy Breeden Mitchell’s stories about Continue reading
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) has announced seven additions to the National Register of Historic Places:
♦ U.S. 65 Expressway Pedestrian Bridge, Jefferson County
♦ Lawrence A. Davis, Sr., Student Union, Jefferson County
♦ Dr. Alfred A. and Adele Berger, House, Phillips County
♦ Helena World Building, Phillips County
♦ Helena Aero Tech Hangars, Phillips County
♦ K.C. Baking Powder Building, Pulaski County
♦ Jewish Cemetery, Sebastian County
A listing on the National Register of Historic Places is an honorary certification that allows property owners to apply for grants and tax credits toward maintenance.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is an agency of Arkansas Heritage. AHPP is responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources.
Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, and the Arkansas State Archives. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.
Local history buffs, including Emily & Jeremy Walter along with the City of Conway (GIS department), have created a self-guided walking (or virtual) tour of homes in the Robinson Historic District just west of downtown Conway.
The tour takes you through the Conway’s history, as well as the roots, architectural influences, and details of specific families that lived in each home.
For tour maps (including all the information above), visit Historic Homes Tour of Conway