MAY 3, 2014: As a part of the 2014 Hellbender/Founders Day Celebration, Five Rivers Historic Preservation, Inc. will again present a lecture series featuring experts on Randolph County History. Past years’ lectures have presented information on the Early Frontier and Early Settlement periods. This year’s program covers the years 1815—1820. Missouri Territory to Arkansas Territory—very important years in Randolph County’s early history.
Attendees may attend all or any part of the free event, held in the upstairs courtroom of the Old Randolph County Courthouse in downtown Pocahontas, beginning at 9 am and lasting until 4:30 pm.
9:00 Greetings and Introductions
9:15 Brief overview of past sessions (including review of Louis Demun’s Mills on Mill Creek) — Historic Researcher Joan Gould
10:00 Davidsonville (including planed activities for the 200th Anniversary of the town’s founding next year) Park Interpreter, Anna Pfiefler.
1:00—2:00 John Acheson, Mystery Founder—Dr. George Lankford
2:00–3:00 Robbery at Drew and Acheson’s Store—Dr. Lisa Perry
3:00—4:00 Establishing Randolph County—Joan Gould
4:00—4:30 The Ozark Hellbender in the Eleven Point River—Dr. Kelly Erwin, Arkansas State Herpetologist.