Monday, March 19, 2012

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Newsletter

Welcome to the e-newsletter of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Newsletters will be sent out periodically to keep readers up to date on recent activities of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which is housed in the Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to a friend.
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       LITTLE ROCK—The winners of a northwest Arkansas student Civil War sesquicentennial podcast contest have been added to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission website, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.
       Several Northwest Arkansas museums and historical organizations sponsored a podcast contest for K-12 students in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, and Washington counties. In the contest, students were asked to create a short, non-fiction, audio podcast about the Civil War in the Arkansas Ozarks. Both individuals and groups could enter. First place winners received a cash prize of $100; second place winners received $50.
       The winners were:
       Elementary School category (grades K-5): First place, Kingston Elementary School 3rd and 4th grade gifted and talented class, Kingston, for “A Civil War Tragedy in Huntsville, Arkansas”; second place, Lauren Ada, Forest Heights Elementary School, Harrison, for “The Flag, as Told by Jane Bailey.”
       Middle School category (grades 6-8): First place, Maggie Weber and Sarah Strickland, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale, for “The Battle of Pea Ridge”; second place, Rebekah Love, Trevor Clark, and Alex Eremiev, Hellstern Middle School, Springdale, for “Dr. Keller and the Civil War in Arkansas.”
       High School category (grades 9-12): First place, Sophia Calzada, home school, Fayetteville, for “'The Girl I Left Behind Me and the Battle of Pea Ridge”; second place, Rachel Brewer and Ryan Gunter, Benton County School of the Arts High School, Rogers, for “Elkhorn Tavern.”
       The podcasts can be heard at  
       The sponsoring organizations were the Benton County Historical Society, Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northwest Arkansas Civil War Roundtable, Rogers Historical Museum, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Washington County Arkansas Genealogical Society, and Washington County Historical Society. The contest was also sanctioned by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
       For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit or e-mail   
       The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum. 

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