Cultivating Life: Agricultural History in Northeast Arkansas,

The Arkansas State Archives and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives will host a symposium on Sat., Aug. 5, at the Male and Female Academy from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The symposium’s theme, “Cultivating Life: Agricultural History in Northeast Arkansas,” will feature speakers Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Dr. Brooks Blevins, Dr. Blake Perkins and Joan Gould.

Topics include Land Claims: the Seedbed of Agricultural Heritage; Cowboys and Hog Drovers: Raising Livestock in the Antebellum Ozarks; Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks; and African American Home Demonstration Agents in Rural Jim Crow Arkansas, 1914-1965.

The seminar is free to attend but registration is required. Deadline is July 26. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance. Lunch will be provided.

For more information about the symposium or to register, email northeast.archives@arkansas.gov or call 870-878-6521.