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Red River heritage symposium Saturday

By submitted, 07/19/17 9:46 AM

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WASHINGTON – The 11th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium will take place on Saturday, July 22, at Historic Washington State Park. The conference topics will focus on the theme “Timber Industry of the Red River” in regards to the impact and development of the timber industry in the Great Bend Region of the Red River. The event will take place at the 1914 Schoolhouse Auditorium of Historic Washington State Park.

Specific topics and speakers include: “Bodcaw Lumber Company” by Peggy Lloyd of Hope, Arkansas; “Henry E. Hardtner: Forestry in Northern Louisiana” by Billy Nations, Historic Washington State Park; “Modern Timber Preservation” by Dr. Jon Barry, University of Arkansas Experiment Station at Hope; and other topics on regional Timber industry history.

An all day Friday and Saturday morning workshop for teachers on resources related to the theme in the Red River Region will take place. Lunch is included both days. A total of twelve credit hours will be available for teachers to earn by attending both days of the symposium. Cost for attending the workshop will be $40. Workshop presenters will include Historic Washington State Park staff, and staff members from the Arkansas State Archives and Arkansas Historic Preservation who will do sessions on incorporating timber and natural resource history topics into curriculum standards for the classroom.

On Saturday morning beginning at 9am a tour will be provided to the Grandview Prairie Preserve near Washington, Arkansas. For others interested in the tour the cost will be $15 per person, which includes lunch. Seating is limited, so call the Park Visitor Center to reserve your spot on the tour.

Cost for attendance to the symposium is $30 with an evening meal included. The timeframe for the event is 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. A discount price of $60 will be offered to teachers who wish to attend both the workshop and symposium. Teachers attending both the workshop and symposium will be eligible for twelve credit hours. Check in will begin in the morning at 8 a.m. at the 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse Visitor Center. Registration must be made by July 20. Contact 870-983-2684 to register.

Historic Washington State Park, a restoration village preserving one of Arkansas’ most prominent 19th century towns, is located on US 278 nine miles north of Hope and can be reached by taking Exit 30 off Interstate 30. For more information visit www.HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com or call (870)983-2684.


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