UAM Acquires Arkansas City Office Of Former Governor; To Become Museum And Historical Site

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tv_News 10dbMONTICELLO — The law office of former Arkansas Governor Xenophon Overton Pindall will soon become part of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

   Located in Arkansas City, the office is on the National Register of Historic Places. UAM will receive $150,000 from the state’s general improvement fund to have the structure restored to its original condition.  The building is located less than 20 minutes from the UAM College of Technology-McGehee.

   When restored, the office will become a museum with artifacts and photographs of the history of Arkansas City and Governor Pindall, who became acting governor on Feb. 11, 1907 and served until Jan. 11, 1909. According to UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter, the property will also provide a learning opportunity for hospitality management interns from the McGehee campus to staff the facility.

   “The historical site will provide educational, archaeological, and historical renovation and interpretation activities forstudents from all three of our campuses,” noted Lassiter.

   Kyle Day and Clint Young, history faculty members in UAM’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, were recently appointed coordinators of the historical property owned by the University.

   “Southeast Arkansas has a rich and varied history and it is important that we recognize and preserve it as best we can,” said Day and Young.

   The renovation and restoration project is part of a long-range plan by Arkansas City community leaders to make the area a tourist destination on the planned Southeast Arkansas Heritage Trail. One of the state’s oldest towns, Arkansas City is located on the Mississippi River and has nature and walking paths created by the Department of Parks and Tourism. Community leaders are also planning the restoration of several buildings in the township.

   UAM is currently renovating the Taylor home on the circa 1846 Hollywood Plantation which will be part of the Southeast Arkansas Heritage Trail. Funding is being provided by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resource Commission. The Italian POW camp owned by UAM will also be part of the Heritage Trail as will other historic sites owned by Arkansas State University, the city of McGehee and individuals.

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