116 Arkansas Officials Declare Historic Preservation, Arkansas Heritage Month

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Monday, May 01, 2017


One hundred and sixteen Arkansas mayors and county judges in 64 counties have declared May as Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month.

“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,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said. (A list of Arkansas’s National Register properties can be found at

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 "This Place Matters! " is the theme for National Preservation Month 2017 and “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I” is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by 114 Arkansas counties and cities, 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 called upon their constituents to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in the special observance.

Officials issuing proclamations were:

Alma Mayor Keith Greene

Altheimer Mayor Zola Hudson

Altus Mayor Veronica Post

Arkansas County Judge Thomas E. Best

Ash Flat Mayor Larry J. Fowler

Bella Vista Mayor Peter A. Christie

Benton County Judge Barry Moehring

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney

Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway

Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney

Brinkley Mayor Billy Hankins

Calhoun County Judge Floyd W. Nutt

Carlisle Mayor Ray Glover

Carroll County Judge Sam L. Barr

Casa Mayor Alan Harris

Centerton Mayor Bill Edwards

Cherokee Village Mayor Russell Stokes, Jr.

Clark County Judge Troy Tucker

Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes

Columbia County Judge Larry Atkinson

Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart

Cotter Mayor Peggy J. Hammack

Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless

Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick II

Dallas County Judge Jimmy Jones

Decatur Mayor Robert W. Tharp

Delight Mayor Paul Lane

Dumas Mayor Johnny Brigham

Earle Mayor Sherman Smith, Sr.

Elkins Mayor Bruce Ledford

Etowah Mayor Charles Bo McCollum

Eureka Springs Mayor Robert Berry

Faulkner County Judge James R. Baker

Forrest City Mayor Larry S. Bryant

Garland County Judge Rick Davis

Gould Mayor Essie Mae Dale-Cableton

Grant County Judge Randy Pruitt

Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon

Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow

Hackett Mayor Leroy Stephens

Hamburg Mayor Dane Weindorf

Hazen Mayor David Duch

Heber Springs Mayor Jimmy Clark

Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse

Higginson Mayor Randell Holmsley

Holly Grove Mayor Lula Tyler

Hot Spring County Judge Dennis Thornton

Howard County Judge Kevin Smith

Huntsville Mayor Darrell Trahan

Izard County Judge Eric Smith

Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips

Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher

Johnson County Judge Herman Houston

Kensett Mayor Allen Edge

Lafayette County Judge Mike Rowe

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan

Lake View Mayor Darrin Davis

Lawrence County Judge John Thomison

Lee County Judge Terry Sandefer

Little River County Judge Mike Cranford

Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth

Logan County Judge Ray Gack

Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin

Malvern Mayor Brenda Weldon

Mansfield Mayor Larry Austin

Marianna Mayor Jimmy Williams

Marion County Judge Terry C. Ott

McCaskill Mayor Marion Hoosier

McCrory Mayor Doyle W. Fowler

McGehee Mayor Jeff Owyoung

McNab Mayor James Conway

Menifee Mayor Lee E. Smith

Mississippi County Judge Randy L. Carney

Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer

Mountain Pine Mayor Rick Petty

Mountain View Mayor Roger Gardner

Oak Grove Heights Mayor Rudy Garner

Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore

Perry Mayor Britt Ryles

Phillips County Judge Clark Hall

Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley M. Washington

Pleasant Plains Mayor Kenneth Burns

Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson

Prairie County Judge Mike Skarda

Prairie Grove Mayor Sonny Hudson

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde

Quitman Mayor Cyndi Kerr

Randolph County Judge David Jansen

Redfield Mayor Harmon Carter

Reed Mayor George Barnes, Sr.

Rison Mayor Vernon Dollar

Russell Mayor Renee Garr

Saline County Judge Jeff Arey

Sharp County Judge Gene A. Moore

Sheridan Mayor Joe Wise

St. Patrick Mayor Robert Patrick

Stephens Mayor Harry Brown

Stone County Judge Stacey Avey

Texarkana Mayor Ruth Penney Bell

Tuckerman Mayor David D. Dixon

Tull Mayor Jeff Westbrook

Union County Judge Mike Loftin

Calion Mayor Karen Evans

Valley Springs Mayor Frank Mangrum

Van Buren County Judge Roger W. Hooper

Ward Mayor Art Brooke

Wheatley Mayor Larry Nash

Whelen Springs Mayor Glen F. Hughes

White County Judge Michael Lincoln

Wilmar Mayor Curley Jackson

Wilmot Mayor Carolyn E. Harris

Wilson Mayor Becton Bell

Woodruff County Judge Charles Dallas

Wrightsville Mayor McKinzie “Mack” Riley

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, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.


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