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His­tory Club May 10

At 7 p.m. Thurs­day, May 10, the His­tory Club will present Ardith Win­ters Wharry of Fayet­teville with her pro­gram on “A Re­view of Amer­i­can His­tory Through the Eyes of Quil­ters.” A for­mer Bella Vista res­i­dent, Ardith started the lo­cal quilt guild, Cal­ico Cut-ups, in 1991 and will present a sam­ple of a quilt from each time frame in his­tory that she cov­ers.

The His­tory Club has no dues and ad­mis­sion is free. Ev­ery­one is in­vited. Re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided by the evening's spon­sor, the Cal­ico Cut-ups.

May ex­hibit

A tem­po­rary ex­hibit pro­vided by mu­seum vol­un­teer and artist Jill Werner is on dis­play at the mu­seum for the month of May. She was se­lected by the Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil to be the first re­cip­i­ent of the new “Artist of the Month” pro­gram and was rec­og­nized at a cer­e­mony at the mu­seum on May 5. Her work con­sists of sculp­tural in­stal­la­tions or wall-hung art. Un­usu­ally pro­por­tioned quilts are used for the lines and sur­faces, but other ma­te­ri­als such as wood, foam and metal, are also used. Vis­i­tors are wel­come through­out the month to view this ex­hibit.

Fay Jones ex­hibit

A long term spe­cial ex­hibit will be on dis­play at the mu­seum from June through De­cem­ber, on loan from the State Archives of­fice in Lit­tle Rock. It will con­sist of three large fold­ing pan­els that fo­cus on world renowned ar­chi­tect Fay Jones and his work. Jones is the only stu­dent of Frank Lloyd Wright to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects Gold Medal in 1990. Three sam­ples of his work ex­ist in Bella Vista, the Cooper Chapel, the Bella Vista Coun­try Club, and a pri­vate res­i­dence. A pro­gram about his work will be pre­sented at our July His­tory Club meet­ing.

Pioneer Cabin project

The Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has con­tin­ued to work on the pre­vi­ously an­nounced project of the pioneer log cabin, to be do­nated to the mu­seum by Scott and Angie But­ler. Re­search into more of the his­tory of the orig­i­nal cabin is be­ing con­ducted. We an­tic­i­pate get­ting the cabin moved to the mu­seum grounds by this fall. The mu­seum has been ap­proved for a grant by the Ben­ton County His­tor­i­cal Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion to pay for some of the ex­penses, but still needs your sup­port to make this project a re­al­ity. Busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as in­di­vid­u­als, are wel­come to make a do­na­tion by mail­ing it to or drop­ping it off at the mu­seum, or go­ing on­line to www.gofundme. com/cab­in­fever. Any do­na­tion over $100 will be rec­og­nized on a plaque in­side the cabin.

Long-term res­i­dents of Bella Vista

The mu­seum staff would like to find the res­i­dents who have lived in Bella Vista the long­est and rec­og­nize them at a fu­ture event. If you know some­one who has lived in Bella Vista for 30-40 years or more, please con­tact the mu­seum at 479855-2335 and leave your con­tact in­for­ma­tion.

New gift shop mer­chan­dise

New jig­saw puz­zles have been added to our gift shop mer­chan­dise, in­clud­ing ones fea­tur­ing the Back 40 Trails, the Bella Vista Po­lice De­part­ment, and the Bella Vista Fire De­part­ment. Other new mer­chan­dise in­cludes two vol­umes of col­or­ing books that fea­ture North­west Arkansas, and a spe­cially made Bella Vista Christ­mas or­na­ment. Ev­ery­thing makes great gifts for both chil­dren and adults. Out­side of our lo­cal golf pro shops, the mu­seum is the only source of Bella Vista sou­venirs!

Hours of oper­a­tion

The His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum is lo­cated at the cor­ner of U.S. High­way 71 and Kings­land, next door to the Amer­i­can Le­gion, and is open 1 to 5 p.m. Wed­nes­days through Sun­days. Phone 479-855-2335. Web­site www.bellav­ista.mu­seum.org.

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