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Ice Cream So­cial still bring­ing com­mu­nity to­gether

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FAYETTEVILLE - LARA JO HIGHTOWER

The Wash­ing­ton County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will cel­e­brate its 46th an­nual Ice Cream So­cial from 3 un­til 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the his­toric Head­quar­ters House in Fayet­teville.

The WCHS has been cel­e­brat­ing Wash­ing­ton County his­tory since 1951. It ac­quired its head­quar­ters, a Greek revival home built in 1853 by Matilda and Jonas March Teb­betts, in the 1960s. The build­ing is noted for hav­ing been used as head­quar­ters for both the Union and Con­fed­er­ate armies at dif­fer­ent points dur­ing the Civil War. The Head­quar­ters House will be open for tour­ing by guests of the ice cream so­cial on Satur­day.

WCHS Mu­seum man­ager Tess Kidd says the idea for the Ice Cream So­cial as a fundraiser was gen­er­ated in 1972 by Cyrus Suther­land, noted pro­fes­sor of ar­chi­tec­ture at the Univer­sity of Arkansas and preser­va­tion­ist, as a means of sup­port­ing the pur­chase of the his­toric Ridge House that same year.

“He came up with the idea for an old-fash­ioned ice cream so­cial, to get folks to­gether at that time,” Kidd says. “The WCHS hardly had any money at all at that time, and they had just taken on the Ridge House restora­tion, so we had to come up with a way to make some money for that.”

Kidd says the oc­ca­sion is the perfect time for those not fa­mil­iar with the or­ga­ni­za­tion to get a closer view of the mu­seum in­side the Head­quar­ters House, as well as the gar­dens on the grounds, which are main­tained by Wash­ing­ton County Master Gar­den­ers.

This year, says Kidd, there will even be a special ex­hibit for guests to view.

“2017 is the 100th an­niver­sary of the United States en­ter­ing World War I, and we have a great ex­hibit called ‘The Great War: Arkansas in World War I’,” she says. “It’s on loan from the Arkansas State Archives, and it is an awe­some ex­hibit.”

The af­ter­noon will also fea­ture live mu­sic by singer Tori Miller, as well as the North­west Arkansas Brass Ensem­ble. The Her­itage School will present a special World War I pro­gram, and au­thors Anthony J. Wap­pel and J.B. Ho­gan will be avail­able to sign copies of their new book, “The Square Book: An Il­lus­trated His­tory of the Fayet­teville Square, 1826-2016.”

FILE PHOTO

His­tory and ice cream come to­gether at the Wash­ing­ton County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Ice Cream So­cial, hap­pen­ing this year on Aug. 19.

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