VOL 3 | 2019
Preservation Conversations
August 8| 2019
Quapaw Tribal Pottery by Betty Gaedtke

Join us for a lecture about Quapaw Tribal Pottery by Betty Gaedtke, a member of the Quapaw Nation. According to her artist's statement: "I have made about 300 Quapaw and Mississippian pots making them in the styles and decorations unearthed in Quapaw villages. My inspiration comes from my many visits to museums that display Quapaw pottery and twice viewing hundreds of Quapaw pots stored at the University of Arkansas. . ."
September 12 | 2019
Preservation Conversation: UAMS's 140 year anniversary with Tim Nutt

Join the QQA for a free lecture and discussion about the history of UAMS by Tim Nutt. The success of the institution now-known as UAMS seemed uncertain after its rocky establishment in 1879. During the last 140 years, events, interesting personalities, and politics have shaped the state's only academic health center.

Tim Nutt is currently employed as the Director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

October 10 | 2019
Preservation Conversation: Historic Hardware with Mike Smith

Mike Smith, Secretary of the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America,shares the history of the study and collection of antique ornamental hardware, especially doorknobs, as well as artifacts from his collection.

Preservation Conversations 2019

In 2019, the QQA is hosting Preservation Conversations events on the second Thursday of each month, increasing lectures in this series from four in 2018 to twelve in 2019. Nine of this year’s talks focus on practical knowledge important for purchasing or owning a historic property. All events are located at the Mixing Room at the Old Paint Factory in the East Village, 1306 East 6th Street, 72202. 5:30 pm reception, 6:00 pm lecture.

Preservation Conversations 2019 is underwritten in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Quapaw Nation, and a gift in honor of Carl Miller, a long-time supporter of the QQA and preservationist.
Preservation Conversations 2019
Now offers AIA Credit

Preservation Conversations can now be used for AIA continuing education credit. You'll just need your AIA number. Please sign in at the start of every Preservation Conversation so that we can be sure to properly give you credit. Questions? Contact qqa@quapaw.com or call 501-371-0075 ext. 4 to speak to Patricia Blick.
Summer Suppers

August 24 | 2019
QQA Summer Suppers: Dinner in the Valley, An Artist's Home

Join the QQA in celebrating mid-century residential architecture in Little Rock with a dinner in the beautiful home of Connie Fails and David Cooper on Painted Valley Drive. Ticket includes all food & drink.

  • When: Saturday August 24, 6:00 pm
  • Where: 2816 Painted Valley Drive, Little Rock, 72212
  • Tickets: $100.00 each  
  • All food & drink included.Tickets on sale now. Buy Tickets Here.
Other Upcoming Events
October 18, 2019
Specters, Spirits, and Stories: A Haunted History Tour.

A brand-new event designed to get your spook on! This is an adult-only bus tour of several "haunted" properties around the MacArthur Park, Hanger Hill, and SoMa areas of Little Rock. Tickets will be $50.00 and will go on sale on August 1, 2019. Questions? E-mail qqa@quapaw.com or call 501-371-0075 ext. 3.
Code Enforcement
The QQA Advocacy Committee, comprised of board members and general QQA members, is increasingly concerned and frustrated with severely deteriorated historic properties. In the past year, the Little Rock Historic District Commission has reviewed requests for demolitions for three significant properties. These properties have been vacant and were poorly secured, thus allowing vandals and the homeless to access the properties. All three properties have sustained damage. One property had a devastating fire, rendering it beyond repair, and the Historic District Commission granted authorization for demolition. The other two property owners have a few more weeks to develop a plan for rehabilitation of their properties, sell the properties, or donate the properties to the Little Rock Land bank.

There are other significant historic properties outside the regulated historic districts requiring immediate attention.

The QQA has reached out to the City, to include Mayor Scott and his senior adviser, as well as department heads, to engage property owners earlier to bring properties into compliance with city code, make corrections, and secure properties so that they are not vulnerable to vandals and destruction. 

We know this will take time to change. We will keep you posted on our progress. Please reach out to us if you have concerns about vacant, unsecured, and vulnerable historic properties.
1419 Commerce Street
1st Baptist Church,
also known as "Emoba,"
1224 S. Louisiana
2019 Board Members
Ashli Ahrens, President  
Molly McNulty, President-Elect
Chuck Cliett, Secretary
Ngozi “Nome” Brown, Treasurer
Jean Block, VP of Development
Shana Graves, VP of Education
David Robinson, VP of Advocacy

Kenya Eddings 
Stacy Hamilton
Gabe Holmstrom
Toni Johnson  
Kathy McCarroll
Tricia Peacock
Joshua Price  
QQA's 2019 Spring Tour Drew Over 250 Volunteers and Over 1,000 participants
Over 1,000 participant converged on the MacArthur Park Historic District on Mother's Day weekend, May 11-12, as part of the QQA's 55th Spring Tour of Homes. Despite rain on Saturday, this year's tour can boast a strong attendance rate and volunteer engagement. Over 200 volunteers worked for the Spring Tour as docents, street crew, Candlelight Dinner, and Mother's Day Brunch.

Overall, the tour raised a gross of $60,000.00 through both sponsorships and ticket sales to support the QQA's work in greater Little Rock.

The 55th QQA Spring Tour of Homes Candlelight Dinner was held at the Arkansas Arts Center, just before the center began its temporary move to a building in the Riverdale neighborhood while the main building is remodeled.

The Mother's Day Brunch event sold out by the Wednesday before the tour, something that has happened during both of the last two tours.

Tour participants came from as far away as Los Angeles, California to tour six homes available for general ticket participants. A seventh home, the Pollock House on Scott Street, was open only for Candlelight Dinner ticket holders. We want to express a big "thank you" to our volunteers and attendees!

The QQA staff and board are already talking about the location of next year's tour. Stay tuned!
Participants at the Candlelight Dinner at the Arkansas Arts Center on May 11, 2019 (left); A painting of a Little Rock skyline by John Kushmaul, one of the pieces auctioned at the event.
QQA Board Member Jean Block and friend look at a painting by John Kushmaul during the silent auction phase of the Candlelight Dinner (left). Lenora Steinkamp, the Candlelight Dinner chair, enjoys the evening with her husband, Richard (right).
Band members play at the Candlelight Dinner (left). Attendees get a photograph made by Mariposa studios at the QQA Mother's Day Brunch (right).
QQA Intern and Volunteer Nicole Ursin wins UA Little Rock's Edward L. Whitbeck Award
Photo courtesy of UA-Little Rock.
Photo courtesy of UA-Little Rock.
Winner of UA-Little Rock’s Edward L. Whitbeck Memorial Award, Nicole Ursin, spent a portion of her final semester as an undergraduate working as a volunteer intern for the QQA. Nicole’s work at the QQA focused mostly on organizing photographs of historic buildings in the Governor’s Mansion Historic District, SoMa, and the Macarthur Park Historic District donated from Tim Heiple of Heiple + Wiedower Architects and taken by Tom Wilkes. She also worked on initial steps to begin creating an alphabetical listing of books in the QQA collection.   

Nicole, originally from Batesville, earned a 4.0 GPA while majoring in Anthropology and History and minoring in Nonprofit Leadership. She has volunteered or interned at nine different organizations that seek to promote and preserve historic resources, including the National Museum in the Czech Republic.  In greater Little Rock, she worked at the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Clinton Presidential Center, the Sequoyah National Research Center, as well as the QQA.  

Nicole will attend the University of Maryland this fall, where she will work toward a master’s degree in applied anthropology and historic preservation.  

Whitbeck scholarship winners are chosen based on leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Winners receive a plaque and a $2,000.00 prize to apply to further education. UA-Little Rock describes the award as the “single greatest distinction the university annually bestows on a graduating student.”   
Know Someone Who Needs an Internship or Would Like to Volunteer? Call the QQA!
The QQA encourages anyone studying public history, anthropology, library science, museum studies, or other relevant topics to consider interning with the QQA. We are currently working on a long-term project to classify documents relevant to the history of the QQA and to arrange them to be deposited at the CALS Roberts Library archives. If you've already finished your education but would like to volunteer during regular business hours, and you have experience work in archives or in museums, we'd love to talk to you as well. Just e-mail qqa@quapaw.com for more information or call 501-371-0075 ext. 3.