118 Arkansas Officials Declare National Preservation Month

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Monday, May 04, 2015

LITTLE ROCK–One hundred eighteen officials in 62 counties who have declared May as Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

“As we enjoy these month-long celebrations of our Arkansas heritage, we hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” McSwain said. (A list of Arkansas’s National Register properties can be found here.

The proclamations note that historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and that historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

The officials declare that it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that shaped us as a people. Noting that National Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month are co-sponsored by 118 Arkansas cities and counties, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the officials proclaimed May as National Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month and called upon their constituents to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in the special observance.

The officials who issued National Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month proclamations were:

Ashley County Judge Dennis F. Holland, Sr.

Baxter County Judge Mickey D. Pendergrass

Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson

Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney

Birdsong Mayor Curtis Johnson

Bradley County Judge Keith Neely

Brinkley Mayor Billy Hankins

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs

Cabot Mayor William A. “Bill” Cypert

Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover

Carroll County Judge Sam L. Barr

Cherokee Village Mayor Russell Stokes Jr.

Clark County Judge Ron Daniell

Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears

Columbia County Judge Larry Atkinson

Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart

Crawford County Judge John Hall

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless

Dallas County Judge Jimmy Jones

Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp

Drew County Judge Robert Akin

Dumas Mayor Johnny Brigham

El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash

Elkins Mayor Bruce Ledford

Elm Springs Mayor Harold Douthit

Etowah Mayor Charles “Bo” McCollum

Eureka Springs Mayor Robert Berry

Fairfield Bay Mayor Paul C. Wellenberger

Faulkner County Judge James R. Baker

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan

Flippin Mayor Jerald Marberry

Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders

Franklin County Judge Rickey Bowman

Garfield Mayor Gary Blackburn

Gateway Mayor Frank T. Hackler, Jr.

Gentry Mayor Kevin D. Johnston

Gravette Mayor Kurt Maddox

Greenland Mayor Bill Groom

Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow

Hazen Mayor David Duch

Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes

Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney

Howard County Judge Kevin Smith

Huntsville Mayor Darrell Trahan

Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher

Jefferson County Judge Dutch King

Johnson County Judge Herman Houston

Judge Michael Lincoln

Kingsland Mayor Charles Crain

Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman

Lee County Judge Jim Keasler

Lewisville Mayor Jimmy Alexander

Lincoln County Judge Sam Stephens

Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth

Logan County Judge Ray Gack

Malvern Mayor Brenda Weldon

Mansfield Mayor Larry Austin

Marianna Mayor Jimmy Williams

Marion County Judge Terry C. Ott

Marked Tree Mayor Mary Ann Arnold

Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson

McCaskill Mayor Marion Hoosier

McCrory Mayor Doyle W. Fowler

McGehee Mayor Jeff Owyoung

Mississippi County Judge Randy L. Carney

Monroe County Judge Larry Taylor

Montgomery County Judge Sammy Jones

Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer

Mountain Home Mayor Joe Dillard

Mountainburg Mayor Neal Moon

Mulberry Mayor Gary D. Baxter

Murfreesboro Mayor Rodney Fagan

Newport Mayor David Stewart

Newton County Judge Warren Campbell

Norfork Mayor Jim Reeves

Ouachita County Judge Robert A. McAdoo

Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree

Perry County Judge Baylor House

Phillips County Judge Don Gentry

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth

Pocahontas Mayor Kary Story

Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison,

Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson

Pottsville Mayor Jerry W. Williams

Prairie County Judge Mike Skarda

Prescott Mayor Terry C. Oliver

Randolph County Judge David Jansen

Redfield Mayor Harmon Carter

Rison Mayor Vernon Dollar

Rogers Mayor Greg Hines

Russell Mayor Renee Garr

Russellville Mayor Randy Horton

Saline County Judge Jeff Arey

Searcy County Judge Jim Harness

Sebastian County Judge David Hudson

Sharp County Judge Larry W. Brown

Sheridan Mayor Joe Wise

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Young

Shirley Mayor Johnny K. Sowell

Smackover Mayor Bobby Neal

St. Charles Mayor Robert Patrick

St. Paul Mayor Nina Selz

Stone County Judge Stacey Avey

Tull Mayor Jeff Westbrook,

Union County Judge Mike Loftin

Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman

Ward Mayor Arthur L. Brooke

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin

Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards

Washington Mayor Paul Henley

Western Grove Mayor Michael Earwood

White County

Winslow Mayor Randy Jarnagan

Woodruff County Judge Charles Dallas

Wrightsville Mayor McKinzie Riley

Wynne Mayor Bob Stacy

Yell County Judge Mark Thone

For a list of Arkansas Heritage Month events, visit

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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