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Fay Jones ex­hibit

With the hol­i­days ap­proach­ing and ev­ery­one’s sched­ule get­ting busy, now is the time to visit the mu­seum to see the Fay Jones ex­hibit be­fore it leaves in late De­cem­ber. Con­sist­ing of three large pan­els with lots of pho­to­graphs of Jones’ work and in­for­ma­tion, it is some­thing you won’t want to miss. The ex­hibit was cre­ated in 1999, a few years be­fore Jones’ death in 2004. A na­tive of north­west Ar­kan­sas, Jones be­came fa­mous for his work in many lo­cales. His men­tor was Frank Lloyd Wright, and the ex­hibit re­flects Wright’s in­flu­ence on Jones. Our ex­hibit is on loan from the Old State­house Mu­seum in Lit­tle Rock. As re­flected in a dis­play at Crys­tal Bridges, Jones is also cred­ited by Moshe Safdie for giv­ing him ideas on de­sign­ing Crys­tal Bridges.

Farm fam­i­lies in early Bella Vista

We would like to hear from peo­ple whose fam­i­lies had farms gen­er­a­tions ago, in what is now Bella Vista, in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, be­fore John Cooper Sr. be­gan buy­ing up the farms in the 1960s. If you have pho­tos or sto­ries to share, please stop by the mu­seum dur­ing open hours (1 to 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day through Sun­day) or leave a mes­sage at 479-855-2335 and one of our vol­un­teers will re­ply.

Set­tlers Cabin

Progress is con­tin­u­ing on the “Set­tlers Cabin,” with the foun­da­tion nearly com­plete on the mu­seum grounds. We have also cleared an area be­hind the foun­da­tion for over­flow park­ing for fu­ture cabin events. Do­na­tions are still be­ing sought to help pay for the cabin project. If you are in­ter­ested in help­ing, please drop off or send to the mu­seum your do­na­tion, or go on­line to www. go­fundme.com/cab­in­fever. Any donor of $100 or more will have his or her name in­scribed on a plaque to hang in­side the cabin.

Gift shop mer­chan­dise

If you have a po­lice of­fi­cer or fire­fighter on your Christ­mas list this year, a great present would be one of the jig­saw puz­zles from our mu­seum gift shop fea­tur­ing a Bella Vista po­lice car or Bella Vista fire en­gine pic­ture. Also, we now have two sizes of Christ­mas tree or­na­ments that have the city of Bella Vista logo. The mu­seum gift shop is the best place in Bella Vista to get all kinds of Bella Vista sou­venirs. New items are on or­der to ar­rive in the near fu­ture. Other than Thanks­giv­ing Day and Christ­mas Day, we will be open through­out the hol­i­day sea­son, so bring your vis­i­tors and en­joy brows­ing!

2019 mem­ber­ships now avail­able

You are wel­come to sign up for mem­ber­ship in the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, which op­er­ates our His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum, for the cal­en­dar year 2019. If you are al­ready a mem­ber, please re­mem­ber to re­new your mem­ber­ship by Jan. 1. Dues are $15 per year for in­di­vid­u­als, $25 per year for fam­i­lies, and $50 per year for cor­po­rate spon­sor­ships. Pay­ment made be made in per­son, by mail, or on­line at www.bellav­ista mu­seum.org. Our mail­ing ad­dress is 1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista AR 72714. We are a 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion, so your dues and do­na­tions are el­i­gi­ble for tax de­duc­tions.

Tours and pro­grams avail­able

Pri­vate tours of the mu­seum and pro­grams about the his­tory of Bella Vista are avail­able out­side of nor­mal open hours for church groups, stu­dents, civic clubs, busi­nesses, etc. To ar­range for an event, please leave a mes­sage at the mu­seum, 479-855-2335, or con­tact Xyta Lucas at 479-876-6118.

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.

XYTA LUCAS Pres­i­dent, Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

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