Grate­ful for vol­un­teers

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We are very grate­ful for the vol­un­teers who op­er­ate the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum. Some serve as do­cents on the days the mu­seum is open (Wed­nes­day through Sun­day, 1 to 5 p.m.), some serve on our Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety board of di­rec­tors, and some of them just re­spond as help is needed, as it was with our Long-Term Res­i­dents Re­cep­tion on Sun­day af­ter­noon, Sept. 16.

At that re­cep­tion, we rec­og­nized Bill Reece, who moved here in 1968, and also Jackie Carter, who moved here in 1970. In ad­di­tion to rec­og­niz­ing a num­ber of res­i­dents present who had moved here in the 1970s and 1980s, we also wel­comed as spe­cial guests, Con­stance Wad­dell, who was born on the shore of Lake Bella Vista in 1929, and Josephine Keith, whose fa­ther-in-law, E.L. Keith, was the owner of the Bella Vista sum­mer re­sort from 1952 un­til he sold it to John Cooper Sr. in 1963. Other spe­cial guests were Mayor Peter Christie and City Coun­cil mem­ber John Flynn.

The suc­cess of the re­cep­tion was due to co­or­di­na­tor Wayne Cal­houn, videog­ra­phers Jack Kel­logg, Shirley Kel­logg and Dustie Meads, do­cents Angie Rader and Vic­kee Flem­ming, and our gift shop man­ager Jill Werner. Re­fresh­ments were pro­vided by Vir­ginia Reynolds and Suzanne Evans.

If you haven’t vis­ited the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum re­cently, we in­vite you to come see it. We to­tally re­mod­eled it in the past few years, so we like to say it’s a whole new mu­seum! Ad­mis­sion is al­ways free, and we think you will re­ally en­joy your visit. An added at­trac­tion is our ex­hibit on loan from the State­house Mu­seum in Lit­tle Rock on Fay Jones, the ar­chi­tect who de­signed the Cooper Chapel and the Bella Vista Coun­try Club.

Xyta Lu­cas, Pres­i­dent Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

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