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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Living history coming to Helena March 1-3

  • George Washington and Abraham Lincoln visiting the Delta?
    If you view such a vision on Cherry Street come March 1-3, don't rub your eyes you aren't seeing historical spooks because Helena-West Helena will be the setting for the 2013 annual conference of The Arkansas Living History Society.
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  • George Washington and Abraham Lincoln visiting the Delta? If you view such a vision on Cherry Street come March 1-3, don't rub your eyes you aren't seeing historical spooks because Helena-West Helena will be the setting for the 2013 annual conference of The Arkansas Living History Society. According to a press release issued by Julia Nordsieck, Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission director, the ALHS consists of people and organizations that use living history techniques to teach history lessons. Members dress as period characters – from Spanish Conquistadors to the World War II era – and present educational and entertaining programs that are as historically accurate as possible. The conference begins Friday, March 1 with full-day and half-day workshops that will include Civil War cooking techniques. The Delta Cultural Center will serve as host of the three-day conference. The conference theme for 2013 is “Developing Depth of Character Deep in the Delta. On Saturday, March 2, a full day of simultaneous educational sessions will top the day's agenda. The sessions will include using Freedman's records for research, presenting historic day camps for children, a press conference with people portraying former slaves and an informative session about Fort Curtis. Field trips will follow the sessions and will include a Civil War tour of Helena, a trip to the Louisiana Purchase State Park site and the new Mississippi river State Park Visitor Center. A third field trip will feature a walking tour of Historic Helena. The day will conclude with a banquet and ball with dancing with participants dressed as period characters. The conference concludes Sunday, March 3 with more educational sessions such as Trial by Jury, The USS Tyler and Lincoln's Brown Water Army, a program of military music, details of the Desoto Expedition, playing historic games and more. “The community is encouraged to participate in the conference,” said Nordsieck. Registration and membership forms are available at http://www.arkansaslivinghistory.com/downloads/. Forms need to be mailed before Feb. 25. For additional information please contact Ben Swadley at ben.swadley@arkansas.gov or call (870) 755-2500.

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