Grateful for volunteers
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