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The Shepherd of the Hills: The Ozark Narrative that Transformed Branson

“…it all happened in the Ozark Mountains, many miles from what we of the city call civilization.” –Harold Bell Wright (1907:1)  News came out today that a longtime Ozark tradition ...

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Maxine & Me…

This month’s Arkansas Life magazine features an article entitled “Raising the Bar” by Wyndam Weyth about Maxine’s Tap Room in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Maxine’s was my bar of choice in Fayetteville ...

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You Can’t Always Trust a Sanborn Map…Just Like Any Other Document…

Last week a colleague of mine sent me a series of texts that she had been to see her old school in Little Rock and they were doing construction.  This ...

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The Arkansas Archeology Minute

March is Archeology Month in Arkansas. Each day during March, you can ...
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Arkansas Humanties Council

This fall I have been elected to the Arkansas Humanities Council’s Board ...
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First 100 Days…

Time for an update…as many folks know, I have just made a ...

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The Art and Mystery of Arkansas’s Historical Archeology

Dr. Leslie C. “Skip” Stewart-Abernathy Retires, June 30, 2015 After 38 years of service with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, Leslie C. Stewart-Abernathy―known to us as “Skip”―retired June 30, 2015. Skip was born Leslie C. Abernathy III on May 11, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up, however, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. In 1970, he received his […]

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The Arkansas Archeology Minute

March is Archeology Month in Arkansas. Each day during March, you can hear an “Arkansas Archeology Minute” from myself and Marilyn Knapp on KUAF 91.3 FM, the University of Arkansas’s NPR affiliate. We got the idea from two places.  Unearthing Florida—a project of WUWF Public Media, the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), and its founder, […]

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Arkansas Humanties Council

This fall I have been elected to the Arkansas Humanities Council’s Board of Directors (I will start my term in January 2015).  I am excited about this as I have been involved in many, many AHC grants in the past–including serving as a humanities scholar on a large number of projects to document endangered African-American […]

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First 100 Days…

Time for an update…as many folks know, I have just made a huge change this summer…moving from Magnolia in southwestern Arkansas back to Fayetteville in the Ozark Mountains.  This has been a pretty stressful move, but it looks like many of the kinks are getting worked out. I have been the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s UAF […]

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Changes…or Station to Station…

Changes…or Station to Station…whichever David Bowie album fits my current liminal state.  In fact, It’s probably Station to Station as it is a transitional album…moving from the funk-inspired Young Americans to the “Thin White Duke” years…Like Bowie, I am in transition…moving from station to station…from the SAU Research Station in Magnolia, to the UAF Research […]

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Keynote: 2014 Arkansas Historical Association Conference

I am honored to have been chosen to give the Keynote Address at the 2014 Arkansas Historical Association meeting to be held in Historic Washington, Arkansas on April 3-5.  My talk will be entitled “Archeologies of the Home Front: Excavations at Historic Washington State Park” and will talk about the usefulness of historical archeology in […]

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President-elect, Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas

At the February Board meeting of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, I was voted in as President-elect of the organization. The HPAA is the only statewide nonprofit organization focused on preserving Arkansas’s architectural and cultural resources. Founded in 1981, the Alliance’s mission is to educate, advocate and assist preservation efforts across the state. Through […]

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Reversing the Narrative

This winter my article entitled “Reversing the Narrative of Hillbilly History: A Case Study Using Archaeology at Van Winkle’s Mill in the Arkansas Ozarks” was published in Historical Archaeology 47(3):36–51. The article was a part of a thematic issue co-edited by Paul Shackel and Michael Roller entitled “Reversing the Narrative” which examines the relationships between […]

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American Archaeology

This winter I was briefly quoted in American Archeology, the quarterly publication of the Archaeological Conservancy.  It was in an article about the Cliff Mining project mounted by Michigan Tech’s Industrial Heritage program I was asked about the project as a subject matter expert.  It was just a few lines…but I’m happy to congratulate MTU’s […]

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The Shepherd of the Hills: The Ozark Narrative that Transformed Branson

“…it all happened in the Ozark Mountains, many miles from what we of the city call civilization.” –Harold Bell Wright (1907:1)  News came out today that a longtime Ozark tradition is taking a final bow.  The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater in Branson, MO announced it will close on October 19, 2013.  For 54 […]

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