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Jett featured speaker at Red River Symposium

By submitted, 07/18/19 8:57 AM

WASHINGTON – The 13th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium will take place on Saturday, July 27, at Historic Washington State Park. The conference topics will focus around the bicentennial of the formation of Arkansas Territory in 1819 and its impact on the Great Bend Region of the Red River. The event will take place at the 1914 Schoolhouse Auditorium of Historic Washington State Park.

One of the guest speakers will be Robin Cole-Jett of Dennison, Texas. She will be speaking on the Red River Raft that was located in the Red River during the territorial years. She has been writing about the Red River Valley for almost 20 years. Her work can be seen in her website, www.RedRiverHistorian.com. A native of Paris, Texas, Robin is the author of four books, including “The Red River in Valley in Arkansas – Gateway to the Southwest” (2014) and “Traveling History among the Ghosts: Ghost Towns in the Red River Valley.”

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 24. 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.