The Faulkner County Historical Society has been awarded two grants for the interpretive signage for the restored Springfield Bridge which will be placed at Beaverfork Park. A grant in the amount of $1,958 for the project, “Historical Interpretations of the Springfield Bridge,” is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, the Conway Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, Continue reading
Once the Springfield-Des Arc bridge is restored at Lake Beaverfork in Conway, the Society is ensuring that visitors understand the historical significance of one of the oldest bowstring iron truss bridges in the U.S.
FCHS has obtained a $1,958 grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and a $407 grant from the Conway Community Foundation to construct signs with more information about the bridge. The signs will be a photographic print on aluminum, which allows for full-color images and text.
One sign will contain the history of the bridge, while the other sign will describe the process of preservation and relocation. A QR code will send visitors to the Springfield-Des Arc Bridge page on our FCHS website for more information.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The homefront story set in rural Arkansas, Jackson Loring, brings in the descendants of the Lorning and Matthers families of her earlier novels:
Life wasn’t easy for a poor country boy coming of age in World War II, especially with a father away at war. But life will get easier as soon as his father’s army pay starts rolling in. The allotment checks will fix everything — or so he thinks. His mother has other ideas. When Jackson rebels, he places himself and those he loves in mortal danger.
Nancy Dane, who lives in Russellville, is an author and lecturer with an expertise on the American Civil War in Arkansas. Her Tattered Glory Series won the 2011 Fiction Award presented by the Arkansas Library Association.
Although Ms. Dane’s novels are primarily written for adults, she also writes newspaper serials for children. The Arkansas Newspaper Association features installments of her work in the Newspapers in Education program that appear in numerous newspapers.
Visitors to Beaverfork Park will have a restored iron bowstring truss bridge to enjoy sooner than later, now that the City of Conway has worked out funding problems and the long-anticipated Springfield-Des Arc Bridge restoration project has begun.
Conway made plans to purchase the 142-year-old bridge from Faulkner County back in 2015, then Continue reading
As you know, the Faulkner County Museum is currently closed for unexpected repairs to its flat roof, which was found to have sprung a leak, dripping water into the masonry and causing mold to grow in a storage room. County officials, who were preparing for a major interior renovation project over several years, temporarily closed the building on August 15 to clean up the mold and repair the leaky roof — but the Museum is forging ahead with its fundraising projects anyway.
“We’re selling the ornaments to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum, which will be next year, 2017 Continue reading