Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.Soon teachers and children will be returning to the classroom for another year of learning and growing. But going to school in Faulkner County hasn’t always been the experience that it is today. We all have those school days memories that pop into our head at this time of year.
Students a century ago would only have attended school about six months out of the year Continue reading
Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.
The area southwest of Donaghey and Dave Ward Drive today is bustling with multiple subdivisions, medical clinics, restaurants and other businesses. The entrance to Nutter’s Chapel Road is flanked with a large medical complex on one side and a shopping center on the other side. But 50 years ago Continue reading
The Faulkner County Historical Society conducted its annual program for the public at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at the Faulkner County Library. The guest speaker for the event was naturalist and retired biology teacher, Shirley Pratt.
She brought samples of several common native plants of Faulkner County for participants to examine and learn to identify. She further pointed out some native plants that were used as food, medicine, or in everyday life during earlier times.
Mrs. Pratt earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Hendrix College and master’s degree in health education from the University of Central Arkansas. She has taught at North Little Rock Ole Main High School, Quitman High School and Texarkana’s North Heights Junior High School. She is a docent at South Fork Nature Center near Choctaw, has worked as an Arkansas State Parks seasonal interpreter, has volunteered at the Faulkner County Museum and currently volunteers at Quitman High School.
During the time she worked in the park system, her interest in wildflowers of the state intensified. It was the guide position in a Civil War surgeon’s home at Historic Washington State Park that sparked her interest in native plants as medicines during the Civil War era.
She now lives on the family home place where she grew up, in Happy Valley of the Centerville community, east of Greenbrier.