In my education and outreach missions, I have given almost 240 invited public talks over the last 10 years (2006-2016, about 2 talks every month) on a variety of archeological and historical topics. Examples of the venues of these talks include: Arkansas Master Naturalists, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (Smackover, AR), Arkansas Tri-Peaks Regional Chamber of Commerce (Lake Dardanelle, AR), Barton Library Saturday Lecture Series (El Dorado, AR), Buffalo National River (Buffalo Point, AR), Cane Hill Museum (Canehill, AR), Chidester School Museum (Chidester, AR), Clark County Historical Museum (Arkadelphia, AR), Columbia County Genealogical Society (Magnolia, AR), De Queen Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (De Queen, AR), Fairfield Bay Log Cabin Museum (Fairfield Bay, AR), Fayetteville Public Library (Fayetteville, AR), Friends of Elkins Ferry Battlefield (Prescott, AR), Historic Arkansas Museum (Little Rock, AR), Historic Washington State Park (Washington, AR), Hobbs State Park (Rogers, AR), Hooks Public Library (Hooks, TX), Hot Springs Free Thinkers (Hot Springs, AR), Jacksonport State Park (Jacksonport, AR), Jacksonville Military History Museum (Jacksonville, AR), Jones Center for Families (Springdale, AR), Lions Clubs (Magnolia and De Queen, AR), Moasic Templar Cultural Center (Little Rock, AR), NorthWest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville, AR), the Old State House Museum (Little Rock, AR), Ouachita County Historical Society (Camden, AR), Ouachita & Calhoun County Genealogical Society (Camden, AR), Ozark Society, Highlands Chapter (Fayetteville, AR), Preserving African-American Cemeteries Workshop (Little Rock, El Dorado, Monticello, & Washington, AR), the Questers (Hot Springs, AR), Red River Heritage Symposium (Washington, AR), Rotary Clubs (Camden, De Queen, Fayetteville, Hope, Nashville, Magnolia, & Marshall, AR), Searcy County Historical Society (Marshall, AR), Tate’s Bluff Chapter of the DAR (Camden, AR), Hot Springs Free Thinkers (Hot Springs, AR), Sevier County Historical Society (De Queen, AR), Shiloh Museum of Ozark History (Springdale, AR), South Arkansas Community College Brown Bag Series (El Dorado, AR), South Arkansas Historical Foundation’s speaker series (El Dorado, AR), South Sebastian County Historical Society (Greenwood, AR), Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AR), Union County Genealogical Society (El Dorado, AR), University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (Hope, AR), and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute (Morrilton, AR),
This also includes invited talks to a number of avocational archaeological organizations such as chapters of the Arkansas Archeological Society (Arkansas River Valley, Arkhoma, Central Mississippi Valley, Kadohadacho, Ko-Ko-Ci, Ouachita, Toltec and Tunica Chapters), the Louisiana Archaeological Society (Acadia, Northwest, and Northeast Chapters), and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (MacAlester and Tahlequah Chapters). Additionally, as a part of the Arkansas Archeological Society’s certification program, I have taught avocational seminars in Arkansas archeology, laboratory methods, ceramic analysis, historical archeology, basic excavation, dating methods and research design.
I have also been a part of efforts to educate the public about archaeology through various media outlets. I have appeared on various radio programs on local NPR affiliates—Red River Radio (KDAQ 89.9FM, Shreveport, LA) and KUAF’s “Ozarks at Large” (91.3FM, Fayetteville, AR)—and other regional radio talk shows (such as “Timber Talk,” KZHE 100.5FM, Magnolia, AR). I have contributed to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial on-line podcast program. I have appeared in two Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) documentaries—
- “Silent Storytellers,” a documentary film about cemetery preservation in Arkansas (first aired March 11, 2010), and
- “Sesquicentennial CW 150: Remembering the Civil War in Arkansas,” a one-hour program that explores why the Civil War is relevant in our modern culture and how it changes Arkansas socially, economically and politically (first aired April 25, 2011).
Starting in 2015 Marilyn Knapp (Arkansas Archeological Survey/Society Liaison) and myself initiated, wrote and did voice-overs for the Arkansas Archeology Minute which aired every day in March (Arkansas Archeology Month) on 91.3 FM KUAF, Fayetteville’s NPR affiliate. These 31 broadcasts reached a potential audience of over 600,000 in a 14-county area of west and Northwest Arkansas, parts of eastern Oklahoma and southern Missouri. The Arkansas Archeology Minute not only sought to educate the public about what archeology is and how archeology is done, it provided listeners with many facts unique to Arkansas archeology. The Arkansas Archeology Minute airs during Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Ozarks at Large, All Things Considered and Fresh Air. KUAF will archive the Arkansas Archeology Minute at http://kuaf.com/programs/archeology-minute-kuaf
I have also participated in a variety of local, regional and state events such as Arkansas Archeology Month, Arkansas Heritage Month, American Heritage Week, Civil War Weekend (Washington, AR), Jonquil Festival (Washington, AR), Louisiana Archeology Month, Stage Coach Days (Chidester, AR), Texarkana Archaeology and History Fair (Texarkana, AR/TX), as well as Boy Scout and Cub Scout events.
Finally, I have also been invited to give talks in formal, academic, non-conference/colloquia settings at such institutions as: Clemson University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology (Clemson, SC), Florida Public Archaeology Network (Pensacola, FL), Howard University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology (Washington, DC), Indiana University Department of Anthropology and the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology (Bloomington, IN), Michigan Technological University’s Department of Social Sciences (Houghton, MI), University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Department of Anthropology and Social Work (Birmingham, AL), University of Oklahoma’s Anthropology Department (Norman, OK), and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of World Studies (Richmond, VA).