166 Arkansas Officials Proclaim National Historic Preservation Month

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Thursday, May 03, 2018


One hundred sixty-six county judges and mayors in 74 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 National Register properties can be found at

The proclamations from the officials 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 2018 and “Off the Beaten Path: Explore and Enjoy Arkansas’s Natural Heritage” is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by 166 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 called upon their constituents to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in the special observance.

Arkansas officials issuing National Historic Preservation proclamations are:

Alma Mayor Keith Greene

Altheimer Mayor Zola Hudson

Altus Mayor Veronica Post

Arkadelphia Mayor James Calhoun

Arkansas City Mayor Darlene King

Ash Flat Mayor Larry J. Fowler

Ashdown Mayor James Sutton

Bald Knob Mayor Beth Calhoun

Bay Mayor Darrell Kirby

Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson

Bella Vista Mayor Peter A. Christie

Benton County Judge Barry Moehring

Benton Mayor David Mattingly

Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin

Blytheville Mayor James W. Sanders

Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins

Bradley Mayor P. Renee Ikegulu

Brinkley Mayor Billy Hankins

Cabot Mayor William A. “Bill” Cypert

Caddo Valley Mayor Jason Johnston

Calhoun County Judge Floyd W. Nutt

Carroll County Judge Sam L. Barr

Cherokee Village Mayor Russell Stokes, Jr.

Clark County Judge Troy Tucker

Clay County Judge Mike Patterson

Cleburne County Judge Jerry Holmes

Cleveland County Judge Gary Spears

Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart

Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap

Crawfordsville Mayor Joe Marotti

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless

Dallas County Judge Jimmy Jones

De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy

Decatur Mayor Robert W. Tharp

Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts

Drew County Judge Robert Akin

Dumas Mayor Johnny Brigham

El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash

Elkins Mayor Bruce Ledford

Emerson Mayor Don Moore

Etowah Mayor Charles Bo McCollum

Eureka Springs Mayor Robert Berry

Farmington Mayor Ernie Penn

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan

Flippin Mayor Jerald Marberry

Franklin County Judge Rickey Bowman

Grant County Judge Randy Pruitt

Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon

Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow

Gum Springs Mayor Michael L. Lester

Hackett Mayor Leroy Stephens

Hatfield Mayor Linda Denton

Hazen Mayor David Duch

Heber Springs Mayor Jimmy Clark

Helena-West Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell

Hermitage Mayor Alma Harrod

Holly Grove Mayor Lula Tyler

Horatio Mayor Borden Neel

Hot Spring County Judge Dennis Thornton

Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe

Howard County Judge Kevin Smith

Izard County Judge Eric Smith

Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips

Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher

Jasper Mayor Jan Larson

Johnson County Judge Herman Houston

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin

Kensett Mayor Allen Edge

Knoxville Mayor John Tyson

Lafayette County Judge Mike Rowe

Lake Village Mayor JoAnne H. Bush

Lamar Mayor Jerry Boen

Lawrence County Judge John Thomison

Leachville Mayor Rodney Robertson

Lee County Judge Terry Sandefer

Lincoln County Judge Charles Capps

Little River County Judge Mike Cranford

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola

Logan County Judge Ray Gack

Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin

Magazine Mayor Stanley McConnell

Malvern Mayor Brenda J. Weldon

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner

Mansfield Mayor Mike Gipson

Marion County Judge Terry C. Ott

Marion Mayor Frank A. Fogelman

Marvell Mayor Clark Hall

Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson

McCrory Mayor Doyle W. Fowler

McGehee Mayor Jeff Owyoung

McNab Mayor James Conway

McNeil Mayor Teresa Triplet

Mena Mayor George L. McKee

Menifee Mayor Lee E. Smith

Mississippi County Judge Terri Brassfield

Mitchellville Mayor Carl Griswold

Mount Ida Mayor Jo Childress

Mountain Pine Mayor Rick Petty

Mountain View Mayor Roger Gardner

Mountainburg Mayor Neal Moon

Nevada County Judge Mark Glass

Newark Mayor Jim Cunningham

Newton County Judge Warren Campbell

Norfork Mayor Lisa Harrison

Oak Grove Heights Mayor Rudy Garner

Ouachita County Judge Robert A. McAdoo

Ozark Mayor T.R. McNutt

Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill

Pea Ridge Mayor Jackie Crabtree

Perry Mayor Britt Ryles

Perryville Mayor John Roland

Phillips County Judge Clark Hall

Piggott Mayor Jim Poole

Pike County Judge Dewight Mack

Plumerville Mayor Ed Paladino

Pocahontas Mayor Kary Story

Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell

Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison

Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson

Portland Mayor Gary Morgan

Pottsville Mayor Jerry W. Williams

Poyen Mayor Brian Scott Riggan

Prairie County Judge Mike Skarda

Prairie Grove Mayor Sonny Hudson

Prescott Mayor Terry C. Oliver

Randolph County Judge David Jansen

Ravenden Mayor James Larry Gibbens

Redfield Mayor Harmon Carter

Reed Mayor George Barnes Sr.

Rison Mayor Vernon Dollar

Rogers Mayor Greg Hines

Saline County Judge Jeff Arey

Searcy County Judge Jim Harness

St. Joe Mayor Ben Taylor

Shannon Hills Mayor Mike Kemp

Sharp County Judge Gene A. Moore

Sherwood Mayor Virginia Young

Shirley Mayor Lisa F. Hackett

Siloam Springs Mayor John Mark Turner

Smackover Mayor Bobby Neal

St. Charles Mayor Robert Patrick

Stamps Mayor Brenda T. Davis

Star City Mayor Paul C. Carter

Stone County Judge Stacy Avey

Stuttgart Mayor J.W. Green

Sulphur Springs Mayor Shane Weber

Texarkana Mayor Ruth Penney Bell

Tollette Mayor Brenda Kay Porter

Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen

Tuckerman Mayor David D. Dixon

Tull Mayor Jeff Westbrook

Twin Groves Mayor Namon Goff

Tyronza Mayor Charles Glover

Valley Springs Mayor Frank Mangrum

Van Buren County Judge Roger W. Hooper

Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman

Waldron Mayor Neil Cherry

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles E. Snapp

Ward Mayor Arthur L. Brooke

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin

West Point Mayor Ronald R. Faith

Wheatley Mayor Larry Nash

White County Judge Michael Lincoln

White Hall Mayor Noel Foster

Woodruff County Judge Charles Dallas

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 division responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other divisions 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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