“Gone to the Grave” Author Abby Burnett to Speak at FCHS Annual Meeting

Abby Burnett, author of “Gone to the Grave,” will speak at the annual meeting of the Faulkner County Historical Society on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm in Courtroom “A” of the Faulkner County Courthouse at 801 Locust St. in Conway. (Park in the back and enter the back door. Take the elevator to the second floor.)

Abby will talk about death and burial customs in the Arkansas Ozarks. She has also been on AETN’s “Silent Storytellers” documentary.

Boy Scouts: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

The Boy Scouts organization has been active in Faulkner County for nearly 100 years. J. W. James, who owned and operated the James Business College on the second floor of the George W. Donaghey Building at the southwest corner of Parkway and Caldwell streets, organized the first troop in Continue reading

Girl Scouts: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

One of the highlights of childhood in Faulkner County was participating in scouting. It allowed us to get outdoors, be with our friends and learn some really interesting things. This week’s article is about the Girl Scouts while next week’s article will be about the Boy Scouts.

The first Girl Scout troop in Faulkner County is thought to have been organized in 1920 by Margaret Gruber Goodin, an English teacher Continue reading

Conway YMCA: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

The first thing I must admit here is that my only frame of reference for this organization is the song that was recorded by the Village People years ago that involves spelling out the letters with your arms. Other than that, I really thought Continue reading