Since the late 1960's the Hot Spring County Historical Society has worked to preserve the county's history and culture through writing, publishing, and teaching. The organizational meeting of the Society was held on December 7, 1967. It was incorporated January 12, 1968 with seventy six charter members and two corporate members.
"Judge William C. Gilliam (left) looks at historical volumes with Dr. John L. Ferguson, of the Arkansas State History Commission, at the organizational meeting of the Hot Spring County Historical Society." (Photo and text: The Meteor Journal, December 7, 1967)
In addition to Gilliam as President, charter officers of the group were Nancy T. Rutherford, Vice President; Bonnie Jean Stanley, Recording Secretary; Joan Vic, Corresponding Secretary; Callie Brewer, Historian; Joe W. McCoy, Treasurer; and Ella Mae Cullins, Eudora N. Fields, and Jack Warren Terry, Directors. Charter member, Bonnie Stanley, who serves as Corresponding Secretary, continues to remain active in the organization, as of 2015.
When the organization established its articles of incorporation in January 1968, it did not have a physical home. Its main office was listed in care of the first President, William C. Gilliam. Since its inception, the organization has stored some items in a portable storage building and has held its monthly meetings at various locations throughout Hot Spring County. In 2011, the Hot Spring County Historical Society purchased office space at 118 West 2nd Street, giving the organization a physical location to match its initial contact address.
Photo left, left-right: Mary Evelyn Lawrence, president HSC Historical Society; Dana Smith, of McClure Title Company and Paul Adcox, treasurer HSC Historical Society. Photo right: Receiving the keys to our building at 118 W 2nd Street, Malvern, Arkansas. Left to right: Robert Ireton, Carolyn Ireton, Mary Evelyn Lawrence, Dale Horn, Don Tackett and Paul Adcox. Dale Horn and Don Tackett sold the building; the others are Historical Society members.
By 1970 the group had collected enough information to publish the first issue of The Heritage. A copy of the first publication was donated to the Hot Spring County Library by organization President Bruce Foreman on June 15, 1970. The organization welcomes submissions of photos and articles for publication in The Heritage.
The Hot Spring County Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. When a regular meeting falls on or near a holiday, the meeting is generally held on the second Monday. New members and visitors are welcome. Also submissions of photos and articles are welcome for publication in The Heritage.