Walks Through History to Visit Camp Chaffee

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Friday, September 29, 2017

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Walks Through History” tour will visit the Camp Chaffee Historic District at Barling beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 14.

The tour begins at the Mess Hall on Terry Street. Fort Chaffee Army Base was established in 1941 and has served as an army training camp, a prisoner of war camp, and a refugee camp. Included in the district are the Vietnam Veterans Museum and the Chaffee Barbershop Museum, where Elvis Presley got his G.I. haircut in 1958. Fort Chaffee has a rich military history, but it also has a bit of Hollywood history. In 1984, the movie A Soldier’s Story was shot at Fort Chaffee. Four years later, the Neil Simon movie Biloxi was filmed there. The most recent visit from Hollywood was in 1995 for The Tuskegee Airmen with Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr. . The tour is co-sponsored by the Chaffee Crossing Historic District.

In the “Walks Through History” program, which is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council, AHPP historians each month provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas. Most tours begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The American Institute of Architects offers two HSW continuing education learning unit credits for members who attend a “Walks Through History” tour.

Other 2017 “Walks Through History” tours will be November 11, Dumas Commercial Historic District, co-sponsored by Main Street Dumas, and December 9, El Dorado Commercial Historic District, co-sponsored by Main Street El Dorado.

All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to [email protected] or visit The Walks Through History program is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council, which seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation, and use of the humanities in Arkansas. The humanities include the study of history, literature, ethics, philosophy, language, and the various legal, cultural, religious, and folk traditions – past and present – that define the human condition.

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, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.

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