Ancestor Fair – 2014

Twenty-fifth North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

Civil War Sesquicentennial

June 6 & 7, 2014

Leslie & Marshall, Arkansas

                      SIDE SHOWS                                                                                                     Friday, June 6, 2014

 SESSION I: Ozark Heritage Arts Center, Leslie


8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m.: The Coming of the Civil War

Mark Christ, Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: Researching & Accessing Civil War Collection,

Special Collections, University of Arkansas–Fayetteville

Timothy G Nutt, Head of Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

        11:00 a.m.–12:00: Civil War Resources at Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Brian Robertson, Butler Center, Central Arkansas Library System

SESSION II: Ozark Heritage Arts Center


1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Civil War Holdings –Center for Arkansas History & Culture

Dr Colin Woodward, Center for Arkansas History and Culture, UALR

2:30 p. m.–3:30 p.m.: Searcy County 1864: Union Raids, Guerrillas, Refugees

James J Johnston, Searcy County Historical Society

                   6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: MIXER DINNER                 

Petit Jean Co-op, Airport Road, Marshall



ANCESTOR FAIR: Marshall Civic Center (Air Conditioned): Zack Road

7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Providers set up

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: ANCESTOR FAIR (Free)

Genealogical Swap Meet:

No registration required for any event.  Just show up; we’ll make a place for you.

The 25th Ancestor Fair is Friday, June 6th, and Saturday, June 7th. This year I want to add a little something for the fair. It was suggested to me that people who travel from out of town come to Searcy County to do a little research a few days early. On Tuesday, June 3, starting 12:30 p.m., the Searcy County Library will have a Mormon research speaker, Renee Carr of, on ordering microfilm to view on the machines at the library.

Searcy County Historical Society will sponsor a program on Thursday, June 5th, at the Searcy County Library starting  at 12:30 p.m.  Mica Balcom will have a program on Proper Cleaning Techniques of Old Head Stones. Mica has extensive training and has completed classes alone with workshops like John mortars and DT. Mica has been on the Public Broadcasting TV program  “Silent Story” along with Abby Burnett. Mica worked for the Nortons on restoring broken headstones in the area. Mica also has a business, Age Stone Company.

Hope to see you there,

Shirley J. Gray