From the Executive Director

Dear Members and Friends,

I hope this finds you well. In this issue, you'll see updates on advocacy campaigns, educational programs, fundraising and membership initiatives, and a preview of our upcoming events. Although we hoped to host a 40th Anniversary Celebration this fall, plans were scuttled due to concerns over the Delta variant. Not to worry - the planning committee is already working on a "make-up" event in 2022, so stay tuned.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kind Regards,
Rachel Patton
Executive Director
Preservation Advocacy
Preserve Arkansas made a concerted effort to engage with Congress during the Summer Recess, encouraging members of Arkansas's Delegation to co-sponsor the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act of 2021 (H.R.2294 / S.2266) and support the inclusion of provisions from this legislation in an Infrastructure bill.

We were pleased to arrange visits to Historic Tax Credit projects in Russellville and Helena for Senator John Boozman, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), and Field Rep. Chris Hoover in Senator Tom Cotton's office. Many thanks to our hosts at Joshua's Fine Jewelry in Russellville and Delta Dirt Distillery in Helena!

Take Action >> Ask our Delegation to Co-sponsor HTC-GO

Talking points for House Resolution 2294 and Senate Bill 2266 are available by clicking on the highlighted bill numbers above.

Take Action >> Thank our Members who have already Co-sponsored

Tour of Delta Dirt Distillery at Helena with Sen. John Boozman. Pictured left to right are Preserve Arkansas Director Rachel Patton, Helen Ruth and Stuart Towns, John C. Edwards, Sen. Boozman, Jim and Kathy Boyette, and Amber Jones.
Want to get more involved?

Register for PastForward Online 2021 (November 2-5) and indicate that you want to join the Arkansas team for virtual preservation advocacy during the week of the conference. Learn more about the National Trust for Historic Preservation's PastForward Conference and register here. Early Bird registration prices extend through October 4.
40 for 40 Sustainer Circle
Charter Members
In honor of our 40th anniversary this year, Preserve Arkansas established the "40 for 40" Sustainer Circle, with the goal of creating a 40-member group of dedicated preservationists who pledge to support our organization with donations of at least $1,000 each year. We are especially thankful for our Charter Members, listed below. We still have three spots available to reach our goal of 40 - will you help us? If you're interested, please contact Rachel Patton at or 501-372-4757.
Ms. Christina Aleman and Mr. Adam Smith
Ted and Leslie Belden
Jim and Kathy Boyette
Gary and Ann Clements
Courtney Crouch, Jr. and Brenda Crouch
Courtney and Amber Crouch
Fred Dietrich, D.D.S.
Paul Dodds
John C. Edwards
John and Marjem Gill
Dr. Ethel Goodstein and David Murphree
John and Tricia Greer
Gabe and Katherine Holmstrom
Stacy and Howard Hurst
Tommy and Christy Jameson
Scott and Amber Jones
Jill Judy and Mark Brown
Bob Kempkes and Mary Matthews
Tim and Cyndi Maddox
The Honorable Pat and Mrs. Ellen McCabe
Frances McSwain and Ray Wittenberg
Carl H. Miller, Jr.
John K. Mott, FAIA
Jack Moyer and Elise Roenigk
Mark and Cheri Nichols
David Reynolds
Emily Jordan Robertson
Aaron and Veronica Ruby
David, Rayman, and Lafe Solomon
Breck and Anne Speed
Bart and Alix Stafford
Mark Stodola
Anthony Taylor and Michelle Strause
Ross Toyne
Dr. Charles and Mandy Welch
Ms. Laura Ann Winning
Darby and Amiee York
Preservation Education
Women in Preservation
The "Women in Preservation" virtual speaker series features women from a variety of backgrounds who are working to save Arkansas's historic places. The series continues on October 12 at 3:30 p.m. with Laura Hendrix, senior associate and senior interior designer at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. Her portfolio includes corporate, education, healthcare, hospitality, civic, and religious institutions, ranging from new construction to renovation. The primary focus of Hendrix's talk will be the rehabilitation of the Winchester Building to serve as the new headquarters for Polk Stanley Wilcox in downtown Little Rock.

Click here to register for the webinar. Watch previous webinars on YouTube here. Women in Preservation is generously supported by DEMX Architecture.
Mid Mod El Dorado
Preserve Arkansas premiered virtual tours of four Mid-Century Modern homes in El Dorado on September 21 and 23. The first video featured the Henley and Riley Houses designed in 1960 by celebrated Arkansas architect Fay Jones. The second video highlighted the Gilliam-Wilson and Clark Houses designed in 1957 and 1960 by Arkansas architect Charles Ripley.

Watch the virtual tours on YouTube here.

Generous support for Mid Mod El Dorado was provided by Presenting Sponsor Murphy USA.
Thank you, Stone's Throw!
Thanks to our friends at Stone's Throw Brewing in Little Rock for partnering with Preserve Arkansas to put on the Block on Rock Birthday Bash in the 700-800 blocks of Rock Street. This fundraiser gives our organization a much-needed boost each summer. Thank you to Stone's Throw and all who volunteered and attended the block party in July!
Summer Membership Drive
Thank you to everyone who participated in our summer membership drive. With your support, we exceeded our goal and added 55 new members / renewals during the month of August! Even though the membership drive is over, it’s always a good time to join Preserve Arkansas and our mission of protecting and promoting our state’s historic resources.

Preserve Arkansas invites you to attend the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting and More at Camden on October 29-30, 2021. Join us for a reception on October 29 on the grounds of the Ouachita County Historical Society Museum featuring libations from Camden’s own Native Dog Brewing, a brief business meeting, and haunted history tours of the McCollum-Chidester House.

For those needing overnight accommodations, a block of discounted hotel rooms has been reserved for Preserve Arkansas members at the Sleep Inn East Camden on October 29.

Members are also invited to a brunch and tour at the Morgan-Parker House in Camden’s Washington Street Historic District on October 30.

More details are available on our website or by calling 501-372-4757.
Save the Date(s)
  • Dec. 2 - Dollars and Sense of Historic Preservation Workshop, Forrest City

  • Jan. 28 - Arkansas Preservation Awards, Arkansas Governor's Mansion
Need some preservation flair?
We have new t-shirts! Our "Love Where You Live" shirts were designed by Little Rock artist Layet Johnson. The design is printed on Comfort Colors 100% ring spun cotton shirts in sizes small to 2XL. Shirts are $25 ($27 for 2XL) and available on our website.
Pictured above: T-shirt art by Little Rock artist Layet Johnson.
Thank you to our Landmark Partner!
Thank you to our Capital Partners!
Preserve Arkansas is the only statewide nonprofit advocate for the preservation of Arkansas's historic and cultural resources. Our organization works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. Support our work year-round by becoming a member!