HIS­TOR­I­CAL MU­SEUM NEWS

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‘Sally and Me’ au­thor

Con­stance Wad­dell, the au­thor of the book “Sally and Me,” will be at the mu­seum at 2 p.m. Sun­day, Jan 13. Con­stance, who was born and raised on the shores of Lake Bella Vista, will share her mem­o­ries about her child­hood and her par­ents when they lived and worked at the Bella Vista Sum­mer Re­sort. She’ll also tell sto­ries about her child­hood friend, Sally from Ok­la­homa, who spent her sum­mers as a young girl with Con­stance at the lake. Con­stance and her hus­band Don were mis­sion­ar­ies in Chile for years, then re­tired to south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, but they moved back to Arkansas last year, and we are so happy to have them nearby again!

Un­der­ground Rail­road

Noted quilt ex­pert Alice McEl­wain will be at the mu­seum at 2 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 27, to talk about the “Quilt Code of the Un­der­ground Rail­road: Fact or Fic­tion?” The Un­der­ground Rail­road was a net­work of se­cret routes and safe houses es­tab­lished in the U.S. dur­ing the early to mid-19th cen­tury and used by African-Amer­i­can slaves to es­cape into free states and Canada with the aid of abo­li­tion­ists and al­lies who were sym­pa­thetic to their cause. Ad­mis­sion is al­ways free to our pro­grams.

Mu­seum Gift Shop

We have sold over 100 sets of the salt and pep­per shakers do­nated to the mu­seum in De­cem­ber, but we still have many left. They are a real bar­gain at $5.50 per set. This col­lec­tion be­longed to Delite Stucky of Flana­gan, Ill., who passed away last year, and was do­nated by her cousin, Carolyn Hun­ni­cutt. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this do­na­tion and want to re­mind oth­ers that, if you have small items you would like to do­nate to the mu­seum gift shop, please stop by the mu­seum dur­ing our open hours or call us at 479-855-2335.

We also con­tinue to carry a va­ri­ety of other mer­chan­dise, from local honey to Bella Vista jig­saw puz­zles, patches, hats, post­cards and more. Our mu­seum gift shop is the best place in Bella Vista to get a real va­ri­ety of Bella Vista sou­venirs. We have no paid staff, so all pro­ceeds from the gift shop go to­ward the costs of op­er­at­ing the mu­seum.

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 Road, next door to the Amer­i­can Le­gion, and is open 1 to 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day through Sun­day. The phone num­ber is 479855-2335. The web­site ad­dress is bellav­ista.mu­seum.org.

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