From the Executive Director

Dear Members and Friends,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the holiday season. Thank you for your generous support of Preserve Arkansas in 2021. We simply couldn't continue our work to save Arkansas's historic places without you. In this issue, you'll see updates on advocacy campaigns, our annual membership meeting, educational programs, and the upcoming Arkansas Preservation Awards.

And save the date for our Covid-delayed 40th Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2022, at the historic Hamp Williams Building in Hot Springs.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes in the New Year,
Rachel Patton
Executive Director
Preservation Advocacy
Preserve Arkansas served as an Advocacy Captain during PastForward Online 2021, working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and local stakeholders to conduct virtual meetings with Arkansas's Congressional Delegation. Because we had just coordinated site visits to HTC projects for some members during the Summer Recess, Preserve Arkansas focused its efforts on meetings with Congressmen Crawford, Hill, and Westerman in November, urging them to support record funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and enhancements to the Federal Historic Tax Credit as well as providing updates on local preservation projects and needs.

In addition, we continued to advocate on behalf of endangered historic properties throughout the state like the Old Lafayette County Jail at Lewisville, Walker-Stone House at Fayetteville, and Johnswood at Little Rock.
Want to get more involved?

National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week returns virtually March 7 - 10, 2022. Hosted by Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, Advocacy Week is an excellent opportunity for grassroots preservation advocates to meet with their members of Congress. Registration will open in January. If you are interested in joining the Arkansas team for meetings, please email Rachel Patton.
40 for 40 Sustainer Circle
Charter Members
In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, Preserve Arkansas established the "40 for 40" Sustainer Circle, with the goal of creating a 40-member group of dedicated preservationists who pledge to support our organization with donations of at least $1,000 each year. We are especially thankful for our Charter Members, listed below. We only have two spots available before we reach our goal of 40 - will you help us? If you're interested, please contact Rachel Patton at or 501-372-4757.
Ms. Christina Aleman and Mr. Adam Smith
Ted and Leslie Belden
Jim and Kathy Boyette
Gary and Ann Clements
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
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
2021 Membership Meeting & More at Camden
Preserve Arkansas members gathered at Camden on October 29-30 for a special membership meeting, complete with haunted history tours of the McCollum-Chidester House and brunch at the Morgan-Parker House.

We extend a warm welcome to new board members Joy Blankenship of Pine Bluff, Patrick Carroll of Pocahontas, Matthew Rooney of Monticello, and Stacy Smith of Little Rock.

Many thanks to the Ouachita County Historical Society, Fred Dietrich, Kathy Boyette, and Suzzette Goldmon for hosting us!
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. The 2022 series begins on February 8 at 3:30 p.m. with Elise Hampton of Conway. Hampton is Assistant Principal at Simon Middle School in Conway and serves on the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Board of Directors of Bullock Temple CME Church STAR Academy at Little Rock.

Click here to register for the webinar. Watch previous webinars on YouTube here. Women in Preservation is generously supported by DEMX Architecture.
Dollars & Sense
Preserve Arkansas hosted a Dollars & Sense of Historic Preservation workshop at the Woodruff Electric Cooperative in Forrest City on December 2. Speakers emphasized historic preservation as an important economic and community development tool and provided information about incentives for historic rehabilitation. Thank you to Woodruff Electric Co-op, Stuart and Helen Ruth Towns, and our speakers!

Watch the recorded sessions on YouTube here.
Join us in-person (or virtually) to recognize the recipients of the 2021 Arkansas Preservation Awards and honor Gary W. Clements, AIA, of North Little Rock, recipient of the 2021 Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement!

January 28, 2022
In-person at the
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
1800 Center Street, Little Rock
5:45 – Doors Open
6 – Reception
6:30 – Dinner
7 – Presentation of Awards with emcee David Ware, Ph.D.
Cocktail Attire

Due to an overwhelming response from our sponsors, in-person tickets are no longer available. Please call 501-372-4757 or email Rachel Patton to be placed on the waiting list.

Virtual tickets are also available for those who cannot attend in person.
A lifelong history enthusiast, Gary Clements has been an ardent supporter of historic preservation since 1981, when he graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. Clements started working on preservation projects at the Arkansas State Capitol in 1985, when he was on the staff of Burt Taggart and Associates, and this work at the Capitol building and its grounds continued through the establishment of his own firm, Clements and Associates, in 1997. There are only a few spaces in the building, from the dome to the basement, where Clements has not worked. In addition to his notable work at the State Capitol, Clements has completed restoration and rehabilitation projects throughout Arkansas and served on numerous preservation-related boards and commissions. Clements was a pioneer in the restoration of his neighborhood, the Argenta Historic District, working with the Argenta CDC to rehabilitate 55 housing units in the mid-1990s. For his 40 years of dedication to the preservation of Arkansas's built environment, Preserve Arkansas is pleased to recognize Gary Clements with the 2021 Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement!
Arkansas Preservation Awards Sponsors
Silver Table Sponsors
Bronze Table Sponsors
Carl H. Miller, Jr.
Justice David and Mrs. Carolyn Newbern
Thank you to our Partners!
Clements & Assoc. Architecture, Inc. | SCM Architects, P.A.
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!