From the Executive Director

Hello, Friends!

This issue of Arkansas Preservation Digest is packed with advocacy updates, educational programs, and upcoming events like Dollars and Sense of Historic Preservation at Batesville, featuring Donovan Rypkema, principal at Washington DC-based PlaceEconomics, and our 40th Anniversary Celebration with keynote speaker Bonnie McDonald, President and CEO of Landmarks Illinois. Keep reading to learn more.

As always, thank you for your support, and I hope you have a wonderful summer.

Kind Regards,
Rachel Patton
Executive Director
Preservation Advocacy
The second quarter has been especially busy on the advocacy front. Sadly, some of our most intensive efforts were unsuccessful, highlighting the challenges we face across the state. Most of you have probably followed the news stories about the imminent demolition of the National Register-listed St. Scholastica Monastery at Fort Smith. In summary, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica announced on May 10, 2022, that their historic monastery building would be demolished, citing the high cost of necessary repairs. Preserve Arkansas, along with many others, immediately offered assistance and urged the Sisters to consider rehabilitation. Preserve Arkansas was able to secure an emergency intervention grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the amount of $10,000 to hire an architecture firm with experience in preservation to assess the condition of the building, provide cost estimates for repair, and offer recommendations on the building's future use. The only condition - the Sisters would have to delay demolition and allow access to the building. Unfortunately, they refused to accept the grant offer. Preserve Arkansas Executive Director Rachel Patton received notice earlier this week that a demolition permit had been issued.

Since 2018, Preserve Arkansas has been involved with efforts to stop a proposed limestone quarry near the Cross Hollows Segment of the Springfield to Fayetteville Road near Lowell in Benton County. On May 20, 2022, Patton provided testimony about the road segment's historical significance in the case of Cross Hollows Preservation Association v. David Covington and Anchor Stone. According to her testimony, "The Cross Hollows segment of the Springfield to Fayetteville Road is listed in the National Register of Historic Places with national significance as the longest and best-preserved section of the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears in Arkansas, as well as its later association with the Butterfield Overland Mail Route of the 1850s and the American Civil War leading up to the strategic Battle of Pea Ridge. The road segment is unique in Arkansas for its length, integrity, and association with these three historical events." Regrettably, the jury found in favor of Anchor Stone, allowing the quarry operation to proceed and endangering this historic site.
Record Funding for County Courthouses
Each spring, Preserve Arkansas coordinates a sign-on letter for county judges who oversee operations in a National Register-listed courthouse, asking the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to allocate additional funds for the County Courthouse Restoration Grant program, administered by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. These grants are a vital source of funding for Arkansas's architecturally significant county courthouses.

We are excited to share the announcement of grant awards at a record level of $2.2 million for county courthouses! Read the full press release here, which also includes information on more than $750,000 in Historic Preservation Restoration Grant projects. Congratulations to the grantees!
The Bradley County Courthouse at Warren (pictured above) will receive a County Courthouse Restoration Grant to repair its clock tower and restore interior plaster.
2022 Most Endangered Places List Announced
On May 11, Preserve Arkansas announced its 2022 Most Endangered Places List. The list includes an architecturally significant church at Lonoke, one of the last historic commercial buildings at DeValls Bluff, and an 1850s farmstead in Stone County.

The Most Endangered Places program began in 1999 to raise awareness of endangered historic resources and generate discussions and support for saving the places that matter to Arkansans. Learn more about the 2022 list here.
Preservation Education
Women in Preservation
The "Women in Preservation" virtual speaker series features women from a variety of backgrounds who are working to save Arkansas's historic places. Join us on July 12 at 3:30 p.m. for a program by Vanessa Norton McKuin, executive director of Historic Cane Hill, Inc. McKuin is an Arkansas native with family ties in south Arkansas and the Ozark Mountains. Prior to moving to northwest Arkansas, she lived in Little Rock where she was the Director of Development for UA Little Rock Public Radio stations KLRE and KUAR. From 2008-2016, McKuin was the executive director of Preserve Arkansas. Her work experience also includes the New York Preservation Archive Project, the Old State House Museum, and Norton Arts.

Click here to register for the webinar. Watch previous webinars on YouTube here. Women in Preservation is generously supported by DEMX Architecture.
Vanessa Norton McKuin
Dollars & Sense - Batesville
Friday, July 15
Melba Theater, 115 W. Main, Batesville
Registration is $25 and includes coffee, pastries, and a box lunch.

First held at Hot Springs in 2014, Dollars & Sense of Historic Preservation is a day-long program designed to emphasize the economic benefits of preservation, provide information and resources on preservation incentives, and encourage use of incentives through practical, real-world examples. Presented by First Community Bank, the Batesville program features a keynote address by Donovan Rypkema, principal at PlaceEconomics, as well as presentations on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Preservation Restoration Grants, Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and local success stories.
Upcoming Events
Block on Rock at Stone's Throw Brewing
Saturday, July 30
4 to 10 PM
700-800 blocks of 9th Street, Little Rock

Celebrate nine years of brewing on Ninth Street at the 9th Annual Stone's Throw Brewing Block on Rock Birthday Bash! The block party kicks off at 4 PM and goes until 10 - featuring craft beer and cider, food trucks, live music by The Big Dam Horns, and more! Proceeds benefit Preserve Arkansas.

Learn more about the event here.
Sign up for a volunteer shift and get free gate admission and two free beers.
Become a sponsor here.
Dollars & Sense - Eureka Springs
Friday, August 26
Eureka Springs City Auditorium
Registration info available soon.

Save the date for Dollars & Sense of Historic Preservation in Eureka Springs! Our keynote speaker will be Briana Grosicki with Ethos Preservation in Savannah, GA. In addition to her consulting work with Ethos, Grosicki serves as chairwoman of Preservation Action, the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation.
Call for Award Nominations
Preserve Arkansas is now accepting nominations for the Arkansas Preservation Awards! The nomination deadline is August 31, 2022.

Learn more about the award categories and nominate here.
40th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, September 9
Hamp Williams Building, Hot Springs
Reception - 6 PM
Dinner - 7
Program - 7:30

Mark your calendars for Preserve Arkansas's 40th Anniversary Celebration on September 9 at the Hamp Williams Building, 510 Ouachita Ave. in Hot Springs. Our theme is "People, Places, and Preservation: Building a More Relevant and Equitable Preservation Movement" with keynote speaker Bonnie McDonald, President and CEO of Landmarks Illinois. Ticket and sponsor information will be available soon!
Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO, Landmarks Illinois
Thank you to our Partners and Sustainers!
Clements & Assoc. Architecture, Inc. | SCM Architects, P.A.
Conway County Economic Development Corp.
Charter Members
Ms. Christina Aleman and Mr. Adam Smith
Ted and Leslie Belden
Jim and Kathy Boyette
Gary and Ann Clements
John Connell, AIA
Courtney Crouch, Jr. and Brenda Crouch
Courtney and Amber Crouch
Fred Dietrich, D.D.S.
Paul Dodds
John C. Edwards
John and Marjem Gill
Dr. Ethel Goodstein and David Murphree
John and Tricia Greer
Gabe and Katherine Holmstrom
Stacy and Howard Hurst
Tommy and Christy Jameson
Scott and Amber Jones
Jill Judy and Mark Brown
Bob Kempkes and Mary Matthews
Tim and Cyndi Maddox
The Honorable Pat and Mrs. Ellen McCabe
Frances McSwain and Ray Wittenberg
Carl H. Miller, Jr.
John K. Mott, FAIA
Jack Moyer and Elise Roenigk
Justice David and Mrs. Carolyn Newbern
Mark and Cheri Nichols
David Reynolds
Emily Jordan Robertson
Aaron and Veronica Ruby
Martin and Kara Smith
David, Rayman, and Lafe Solomon
Breck and Anne Speed
Bart and Alix Stafford
Mark Stodola
Anthony Taylor and Michelle Strause
Ross Toyne
Dr. Charles and Mandy Welch
Ms. Laura Ann Winning
Darby and Amiee York
Preserve Arkansas is the only statewide nonprofit advocate for the preservation of Arkansas's historic and cultural resources. Our organization works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. Support our work year-round by becoming a member!