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Open house

The mu­seum’s an­nual open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 25. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to drop by to tour the lat­est ex­hibits and sam­ple our de­li­cious re­fresh­ments. Vol­un­teer Jill Werner will be of­fer­ing a taste of paw­paw (a na­tive fruit) in ex­change for a do­na­tion to the mu­seum. And don’t miss out on draw­ings for the great se­lec­tion of door prizes ob­tained by our vol­un­teer Bob Fuller from Bella Vista busi­nesses.

For­mer MLB player to speak at Mu­seum

Al­bie Pear­son, for­mer Ma­jor League Base­ball player and new res­i­dent of Bella Vista, will speak at the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum at 2 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 28, about his play­ing days. Pear­son played cen­ter field with the Wash­ing­ton Se­na­tors, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles and the LA/Cal­i­for­nia An­gels in the 1950s and 1960s. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1958 and All-Star in 1963. All base­ball fans are in­vited to at­tend, ad­mis­sion is free. Early ar­rival is rec­om­mended due to lim­ited seat­ing.

Fay Jones Ex­hibit

It’s just a few more weeks be­fore the ex­hibit on ar­chi­tect Fay Jones leaves our mu­seum, so if you haven’t al­ready checked it out, now is the time to do so be­fore you get busy with the up­com­ing hol­i­day sea­son. Fay Jones’ men­tor was Frank Lloyd Wright, and the ex­hibit re­flects his in­flu­ence on Jones. The ex­hibit is on loan from the Old State­house Mu­seum in Lit­tle Rock through the end of De­cem­ber. Af­ter see­ing our ex­hibit, Bella Vista res­i­dent Barb Tem­plin loaned us her amaz­ing work of art fea­tur­ing the Coun­try Club. She spent more than 450 hours cre­at­ing it in an art form called quilling. Quilling in­volves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued to­gether to cre­ate dec­o­ra­tive de­signs.

2019 mem­ber­ships now avail­able

We are now ac­cept­ing mem­ber­ships 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/year for in­di­vid­u­als, $25/year for fam­i­lies, and $50/year for cor­po­rate spon­sor­ships. Pay­ment may 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.

Hours of op­er­a­tion

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

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