Red River Heritage Symposium will feature photos from the Walz | Community groups

The 16th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium will be held from 1-8 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at the Washington State Historic Park.

The conference theme is “Communities That Bind Us Together” and topics will focus on the impact of different communities and their formations in the Great Bend area of ​​the Red River. The project is supported in part by a grant from the Humanities Council of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Specific topics and speakers include: “History of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana” by Wesley Harris, Historian at Claiborne Parish Library, Homer, Louisiana; “History of Fort Towson, Oklahoma” by Calista Stephens of Fort Towson Historic Site; “Slaves to Christ: Methodist Missions to the Enslaved Community” by Josh Williams of Historic

Washington State Park; “The Caddo Culture of the Red River” by Dr. Andrew Beaupre of the Arkansas Archeological Survey; and “Examples from the Robert Walz Southwest Arkansas Photo Collection” by Melissa Nesbitt of the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives.

A one-day Friday and Saturday workshop for teachers on theme-related resources in the Red River region will be held July 22-23 beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch is included both days. A total of 12 credit hours will be available for teachers to earn by attending both days of the workshop and symposium.

The cost to attend the workshop is $40.

Workshop presenters will include staff from the Washington State Historic Park, Arkansas State Archives, and Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Sessions will incorporate community history topics into curriculum standards for the classroom.

The cost to attend the symposium is $30, which includes an evening meal. A $60 discount will be offered to teachers who wish to attend both the workshop and the symposium. Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse Visitor Center in Washington State Historic Park. Registration must be made before July 21; contact 870-983-2684 to register.

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