The Faulkner County Historical Society announces its Spring 2014 edition of the Facts and Fiddlings. Copies are available for $4.00 at the Faulkner County Museum and the Faulkner County Library. The journal’s cover illustrates the issue’s lead article by Professor Doug Heffington, “‘Prepare to Meet God:’ Harrison Mayes in Faulkner County.” Professor Heffington reveals the history, and the man, behind two of the region’s concrete religious markers, the origins of which have puzzled many locals through the years.
“Dr. Ed” by Bill Thomas is the story of one family’s experiences with long-time, and beloved, local doctor Dr. Edwin Dunaway back in the days when doctors made house calls and performed some procedures in their offices.
Vivian Lawson Hogue writes about “Sacred Harp Singing: The Voice Itself is an Instrument.” Have you always been curious about those song or hymn books that have notes in the shapes of triangles, squares, diamonds and ovals? In her usual engaging literary style Ms. Hogue reveals the reason for these strange symbols and explains how these songs were sung without instrumental accompaniment at regular “singings” and “singing schools.”
Long-time county museum volunteer Grace McLean passed away not too long ago, and Faulkner County Museum Director Lynita Langley-Ware kindly pays tribute to her many years of dedication and her contribution to the development of exhibits at the museum.
Ms. Langley-Ware also brings readers up-to-date with museum activities with “Doin’s at the Museum,” and an explanation of its upcoming 2014 summer programs.
Back issues of the journal are also available at the museum. The journal’s editor, Vivian Lawson Hogue, invites county citizens to submit historically appropriate stories or accounts of people, places, events, businesses, organizations and other subjects that are pertinent for possible publication in the Facts and Fiddlings. E-mail Ms. Hogue at email@example.com or mail submissions to Editor, FCHS Journal, P.O. Box 731, Conway 72033.
Anyone may become a member of the society for $20 per year. A membership includes the journal which is published two times a year. Other types of membership are available. Mail checks with name and address to the FCHS address mentioned above. For more information about the society write Ms. Hogue or Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.