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Welcome to the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society website. We invite you to take a look around and find out more about our Society and the history of Baxter County.
New Email Address!
We are trying to add some new Friday hours for the Heritage Center to be open to the public. David Kelly and Jim Whitsell have graciously volunteered to be in the Center for the new hours from Noon to 3:00 p.m. each Friday.
We are also looking for some additional volunteers who can help with this Friday "shift" every other week. If we can have four volunteers (two teams of two each) we could maintain this additinal time to serve the public. Call the Center - 870-425-2551 to volunteer (leave a voicemail if necessary). And tell everyone you know about this new opportunity for assistance with their family research.
Many people who still reside in Baxter County remember crossing Lake Norfork on the State Highway Department Ferries which connected Highways 62 and 101. Ferries ran on about a 30-minute schedule, and the memories include the wait time as well as the ride across the beautiful waters. The ferries discontinued operation in 1984, after the completion of the two bridges which are in use today.
This is similar to many historical images you can enjoy
in the photo album section of this website.
History always is. But though it exists-- though real things really happened, were seen and heard and experienced and sometimes recorded-- history also has a way of disappearing from view. It will be lost and forgotten if we do not continue to treasure and preserve it.
Most of us have wished (with some regret) that we had talked more with a parent, grandparent or other family member or friend before they were gone, taking with them the history held in their life and memory.
The history and heritage of Baxter County is a hidden treasure, but it's the purpose of the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society that it won't be lost. That's our mission, expressed in the phrase, "Preserving the Past for the Future."
The pages of this website are meant to provide you with a connection with the work of the Society, and some of the treasures which have resulted from our efforts.
We also hope to encourage some of you to join our efforts, by becoming a member of our Society or by supporting its work.
|The Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. We rely on and deeply appreciate your donations.