Hot Spring County, Arkansas Historical Society

Established January 12, 1968


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Monthly Speakers - 2019

Kim Sanders Our February 4th meeting was held in the Great Room at the College of the Ouachitas. A History of Japanese internment Camps in Arkansas during World War II was presented by Kim Sanders from the Butler Center in Little Rock.
  • Kim Sanders Our February 4th meeting was held in the Great Room at the College of the Ouachitas. A History of Japanese internment Camps in Arkansas during World War II was presented by Kim Sanders from the Butler Center in Little Rock.
  • Kelly Freudensprung The speaker for our April meeting was Kelly Freudensprung, publisher of the Malvern Daily Record. His presentation was newspaper's history. Pictured is Kinney Black (left) presenting Mr. Freudensprung a copy of the society's publication "Album of Yesteryears."
  • August 2019 Speaker Pictured left is Kinney Black (Vice-President/Program Director,) presenting our speaker, Russell Baker (Retired Archival Manager, Arkansas History Commission) with a copy of our publication, "The Album of Yesteryear." Mr. Baker gave a very informative presentation on what to do when your genealogy research has hit a brick wall.

Monthly Speakers 2018

Claudine James February 5, 2018 - At our February meeting Claudine James gave a very informative presentation on the Rosenwald School, also known as the Malvern Colored School and Tuggle Elementary. Claudine is a 1985 Honor Graduate of Malvern High School and English Language Arts Teacher.
  • Claudine James February 5, 2018 - At our February meeting Claudine James gave a very informative presentation on the Rosenwald School, also known as the Malvern Colored School and Tuggle Elementary. Claudine is a 1985 Honor Graduate of Malvern High School and English Language Arts Teacher.
  • Kinney Black March 5, 2018 meeting - Vice President / Program Director Kinney Black gave a presentation on Hot Spring County schools that are now closed and their consolidation to form the five school districts that are in the county today.
  • William McKinney (Kinney) Black April 2, 2018 - Our April meeting was held at Bismarck High School. Vice President / Program Director, Kinney Black gave an informative meeting about the former schools in Hot Spring County which over time merged into the five School Districts that exist today. The number of schools is growing as research continues. Currently there were about 100 schools throughout the county. We'd like to thank the Bismarck School District for allowing us to use the school for this months meeting.
  • Kinney Black & Ray Hanley May 7, 2018 - Ray Hanley gave a presentation on historic postcards of Hot Spring County and the surrounding areas.
  • Kinney Black & Terry Diggs June 4, 2018 - Terry Diggs gave a presentation titled, "Mazarn Meanderings."
  • Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt, PH.D and Kinney Black October 1, 2018 - Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt gave an informative presentation about Arkansas archaeological digs (in particular the Jones Mills, Arkansas area.) Kinney Black, HSCHS Vice President presented Dr. Trubitt with a copy of "The Album Of Yesteryear"
  • Kinny Black November 5, 2018 - Kinney Black, Vice President/Program Director, gave an update on the research he is doing on the schools of Hot Spring County past. He also reported that several more yearbooks have been donated, including a 1939 Malvern High School.

Monthly Speakers - 2017

Kelly Bryant & Kinney Black Kelly Bryant was our February 2017 Speaker. She gave a wonderful presentation on the history of Bethel AME Church, Malvern, Arkansas. Pictured is Kinney Black presenting Miss Bryant with a copy of the 2016 Heritage.
  • Kelly Bryant & Kinney Black Kelly Bryant was our February 2017 Speaker. She gave a wonderful presentation on the history of Bethel AME Church, Malvern, Arkansas. Pictured is Kinney Black presenting Miss Bryant with a copy of the 2016 Heritage.
  • Kinney Black & Dr. Tom Dillard Our March speaker was Dr. Tom Dillard who gave a wonderful presentation on the community of Tulip and its impact on Arkansas History. Pictured is Kinney Black, Vice President / Program Director, presenting Dr. Dillard with a copy of "The Album of Yesteryears", a 2016 revised edition of a book of photos which was originally published in 1976.
  • Jay Isenhour & Kinney Black July 10, 2017 - At our July meeting, Jay Isenhour, plant manager of Acme Brick, gave a very good presentation on the history of Acme Brick. Pictured is Kinney Black, HSCHS president/program director, presenting Jay Isenhour with a copy of Volume 20, 1993, 25th Year Silver Jubilee issue of "The Heritage".
  • Kinney Black & Josh Williams August 7, 2017 - Josh Williams, Curator of Old Washington State Park gave a very informative presentation about "The Old Military Road from Fulton to Little Rock, with special emphasis on Hot Spring County".
  • Noreen Houpt & Dr. Lisa Speer October 2, 2017 - Dr. Lisa Speer (right) presented an informative program on the Arkansas Territory Bi-Centennial. Dr. Speer is the director of the Arkansas State Archives (formerly the Arkansas History Commission). Pictured is Noreen Houpt (Hot Spring County Historical Society President) presenting Dr. Speer with a copy of "The Album of Yesteryear" a pictorial history publication of the Society.

Monthly Speakers - 2016

Mikki Fendley and Sarah Smith Former students of Bismarck High School, Mikki Fendley and Sarah Smith were our January 2016 speakers. They spoke about the Bismarck Project, a book of local history and photos from Bismarck and the surrounding communities. They explained that the project came about through a grant from the Ross Foundation. Nine students, with guidance and supervision of the Bismarck High School librarian, reached out to the communities for history, photos and interviews. The response from the communities was overwhelming and the result was a history book that those involved and the School District can be proud of.
  • Mikki Fendley and Sarah Smith Former students of Bismarck High School, Mikki Fendley and Sarah Smith were our January 2016 speakers. They spoke about the Bismarck Project, a book of local history and photos from Bismarck and the surrounding communities. They explained that the project came about through a grant from the Ross Foundation. Nine students, with guidance and supervision of the Bismarck High School librarian, reached out to the communities for history, photos and interviews. The response from the communities was overwhelming and the result was a history book that those involved and the School District can be proud of.
  • Jerry Whatley February 2016 Speaker - Jerry Whatley shared numerous vintage photos of Lono places and people. These included the CCC camp, the Lono School, and various farm houses. He also spoke about the Elliot's, Tankersley's, Whatley's, and others. Pictured is Vice President/Program Coordinator, Kinney Black presenting Jerry Whatley with a copy of The Heritage.
  • Malvern Schools East Lab April 2016 speakers, Students from the Malvern Schools East Lab
  • Lanie Howell May 2016 speaker, Lanie Howell of the Malvern Chamber of Commerce
  • Doug Green Our June meeting was held at the Bismarck Elementary School cafeteria. The presentation was given by Doug Green with input from many in attendance.
  • Orval Allbritton Our September speaker was Orval Allbritton, Author who spoke about shootouts between gamblers in Malvern and Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • Dr. Wendy Richter Our speaker for the October 3,2016 meeting was Dr. Wendy Richter of Ouachita Baptist University and the Clark County, Arkansas Historical Society and Museum. Her presentation was on the Hunter-Dunbar expedition of 1804-1805. It included a display of William Dunbar's ledger, compass, eyeglasses, pen, and tweezers.

Monthly Speakers - 2015

Daryl Martin January 2015 - Daryl Martin, owner of C & A Monuments, spoke on Headstone Preservation.
  • Daryl Martin January 2015 - Daryl Martin, owner of C & A Monuments, spoke on Headstone Preservation.
  • Nikki Launius February 2015 - Nikki Lauinus, Executive Director of the Malvern Chamber of Commerce gave a brief history of the Chamber and showed an early membership book from when the group was first formed in 1916.
  • Tim Holicer March 2, 2015 - Tim Holicer, Superintendent of Glen Rose School District spoke about the History of Glen Rose and the Glen Rose School District.
  • Stan Holicer March 2, 2015 - Glen Rose Schools Alumni, Stan Holicer gave several stories and facts concerning the history of the Glen Rose School District.
  • Vice President, Kinney Black and Janis West April 6, 2015 - Janis West, Chairwoman of the Hot Spring County Museum Commission spoke about the history of the museum, which includes The Boyle House Museum (1891), The Hughes House (1876), and The Gibbs Cabin (1868).
  • Virginia Cardin, Janis West, Mary Waniewski Hot Spring County Museum Chairwoman, Janis West and staff members, Virginia Cardin and Mary Waniewski.
  • Mary Deere June 1, 2015 - Arkansas State DAR Regent, Mary H. Deere spoke on the founding and history of the Daughters of the American Revolution , and the various contributions to public service that they are involved in.
  • Jack McCoy June 1, 2015 - Jack spoke on the 3rd Arkansas Infantry Regiment, the only Arkansas regiment to serve the entire war in the east, where most of the major battles were fought. They were also the only Arkansas regiment to initially sign up for the duration of the war.
  • Andy Goodman (left), Kinney Black (right) November 2, 2015 - Andy Goodman with the Commissioner of State Lands office gave a great presentation on the History and purposed of the department and the historical documents that are held at the Arkansas State Capital.

Monthly Speakers - 2014

Dr Stephen Schoonmaker October 2014 - Dr. Steven Schoonmaker spoke on the history of COTO, (College of The Ouachitas)
  • Dr Stephen Schoonmaker October 2014 - Dr. Steven Schoonmaker spoke on the history of COTO, (College of The Ouachitas)
  • Elizabeth Hill, with Vise President Kinney Black August 2014 - Elizabeth Hill presented a fascinating program on the History of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Club.
  • Ann Ashcraft August 2014 - Ann Ashcraft presented information about the local Hot Spring County Home Extension Homemakers Club.
  • Tom Dillard June 2014 - Dr. Tom Dillard spoke on finding history in small county towns.
  • Dr. Lisa Speer May 2014 - Dr. Lisa Speers, of the Arkansas History Commission, presented a program on the History of Francois Missionary Baptist Church and its historical families. She provided research tips on how to locate other source documentation to do this type of research. She also reviewed the current holdings digital and hard copy and website updates for the Arkansas History Commissions Website.
  • John Allen Funk November 2013 - John Allen Funk, owner of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, gave a brief history of Oak Ridge Cemetery along with a Platte Map, and gave a discussion on the current cemetery expansion. He reported that there is a huge waiting list for grave plots.
  • Randy Burks September 2013 - Randy Burks. Randy gave a presentation on Genealogical DNA.
  • Mike Burris 2013 - Mike Burris spoke about a project of preserving the oral/video histories of individuals/families throughout Hot Spring County, beginning with the oldest generations. Mike suggested the Society use the young people in school's East Program to assist with this project.
  • Fran Bailey and students of the Malvern High School East Lab 2013 - Fran Bailey and students of the Malvern High School East Lab gave a presentation about their willingness and technological capabilities to offer assistance to the Society for future projects.
  • Sheila Beatty 2013 - Sheila Beatty gave a presentation about "The Orphan Trains and Their Riders,1854-1929".
  • Richard Jenkins 2013 - Friends of Jenkin's Ferry, Richard Jenkins (pictured) and Tommy Green gave a presentation on the Jenkins Ferry Battle Ground.
  • Tommy Green 2013 - Friends of Jenkin's Ferry, Tommy Green (pictured) and Richard Jenkins gave a presentation on the Jenkins Ferry Battle Ground.
  • Roy Wilson January 2013 - Roy Wilson gave a presentation on The Battle of Jenkin's Ferry.

Lono School Reunion - September 14, 2019

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  • Photo Scanners Hot Spring County, Arkansas Historical Society members who scanned photos: Pat Carver, Gerald W. Williams and Paul Adcox.

Hunter Dunbar Event - September 13, 2019

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  • Hunter Dunabar 5 Pictured left to right are: James Thompson, Tim Richardson, Ed Williams, Bill Runyan and Doyle Ritchey
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Etheree Poetry Contest Winners - September 10, 2018

Etheree Poetry Contest Winners Colin Julian, Deegan Standridge, Colton Chilcote
  • Etheree Poetry Contest Winners Colin Julian, Deegan Standridge, Colton Chilcote
  • Poetry Contest Winner Colin Julian
  • Etheree Poetry Contest Winner Colton Julian receiving his certificate from HSCHS President, Melissa Phillips
  • Etheree Poetry Contest Winner Deegan Standridge
  • Etheree Poetry Contest Deegan Standridge receiving his certificate from HSCHS President, Melissa Phillips
  • Etheree Poetry Context Winner Colton Chilcote
  • :Poetry Contest Winner Colton Chilcote receiving his certificate from HSCHS President, Melissa Phillips

Show & Tell - 2018

Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Mary Evelyn Lawrence showing a portrait of an unknown girl.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Mary Evelyn Lawrence showing a portrait of an unknown girl.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Oil lamp that belonged to Mary Evelyn Lawrence' parents, John & Myrtle White.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Louise White showing Christmas Tree ornaments from her childhood.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Christmas Tree ornaments from Louise White's childhood.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Gerald W. Williams showing a school traffic stop flag that was used at Pratt Elementary School, Malvern, Arkansas.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Pete Willis showing a document and telling about the history of Hot Spring County becoming 'dry.'
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Jim Houpt showing a 1890s spelling book that was given to his grandfather by John Lonsdale.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Brenda Kratz showing a 1918 quilting magazine.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Brenda Kratz showing an antique unfinished 'wedding ring' quilt.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Sandi McGuire showing a photo of employees of the Joe House sawmill.
  • Show and Tell - January 8, 2018 Jean Harper showing a photo of a group of girl scouts from Saginaw, Arkansas.

Miscellaneous Events

Charter members Jack McCoy and Bonnie Stanley June 1, 2015
  • Charter members Jack McCoy and Bonnie Stanley June 1, 2015
  • Pioneer Days, May 2014 The Hot Spring County Historical Society's booth at the Friends of the Courthouse Pioneer Days at the Garland County Fairgrounds.
  • Pioneer Days, May 2014 The Hot Spring County Historical Society's booth at the Friends of the Courthouse Pioneer Days at the Garland County Fairgrounds. Pictured L-R, Garland County Melting Pot member, Barbara Errdmann and Hot Spring County Historical Society members, Homer Lawrence, President Mary Evelyn Lawrence, and Recording Secretary / Board of Director Bennie Lambert.
  • Gibson Cemetery cleanup April 2011 3
  • Gibson Cemetery cleanup April 2011
  • Gibson Cemetery cleanup April 2011
  • Gibson Cemetery cleanup April 2011
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  • Gibson Cemetery Cleanup 11-21-2015
  • Gibson Cemetery Cleanup 11-21-2015 Paul Adcox, Noreen Houpt, Gerald Williams
  • Gibson Cemetery Cleanup 11-21-2015 Paul Adcox, Noreen Houpt
  • Hot Spring County History Fest Hot Spring County History Fest at Rockport City Park, September 24, 2016
  • Hot Spring County History Fest Hot Spring County History Fest at Rockport City Park, September 24, 2016
  • Hot Spring County History Fest Hot Spring County History Fest at Rockport City Park, September 24, 2016
  • Hot Spring County History Fest Hot Spring County History Fest at Rockport City Park, September 24, 2016