The One Room Schoolhouse: “Looking Back”

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

This week teachers and children will be returning back to their classrooms for another year of learning. Almost everyone would agree that today’s classrooms are far different from the classrooms of the past. So in tribute to the start of a new school year, here’s a peek at what a typical day was like at a Faulkner County school 100 years ago. Continue reading

YBMA: “Looking Back”

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

For many, growing up in Conway and Faulkner County included time spent at the Y.B.M.A. Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds served as a backdrop to many of our fondest memories. In the spring and summer, we gathered for ballgames. Every game ended with the trip to the concession stand for a snow cone. In the fall, we gathered for rodeos and the highly anticipated county fair.

So what was Y.B.M.A.? On March 11, 1937, Continue reading

Home Demonstration Clubs: “Looking Back”

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

Since Faulkner County was predominantly agricultural and rural, most of the women who lived in the area were occupied with managing the family farm, raising children and putting food on the table.

Although the first home demonstration-type work in Faulkner County was done by boys and girls in tomato, poultry and pig clubs, women started forming Home Demonstration Clubs in Continue reading

Christadelphian Bible School: “Looking Back”

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

Tucked away on Highway 124 in northern Faulkner County is the Arkansas Christadelphian Bible School. The school sits on land donated by James Daniel Martin in 1885 for holding Christadelphian gatherings. Martin was a member of a Christadelphian ecclesia that formed in the Georgia Settlement of Conway County in the early 1880s.

The community that developed on the Martin land was first called Continue reading