Artifacts and Archeology: Randolph County Historical Society Talk

Join Park Interpreter Geoffrey of Davidsonville Historic State Park and the staff of the Randolph County Heritage Museum for a talk about the artifacts found at Davidsonville. See two hundred year old pieces of history up close; learn how they were unearthed and what they help tell us about a town that predated reliable photography.

August 8th, 2016 6pm-7pm

Location: Randolph County Heritage Museum, Pocahontas AR

Admission: Free

Museume to Host Book Signing with Ed Bethune

Ed Bethune will launch the World War II story with a talk and book signing at the Randolph County Heritage Museum on Friday, July 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

The former 2nd District Congressman was born in Pocahontas, graduated from Pocahontas High School, practiced law and was deputy prosecuting attorney in Randolph County before becoming a special agent of the FBI.  While living in Pocahontas, his wife, Lana, taught English at Pocahontas High School.  He is the author of 3 books which are available at the museum:  Jackhammered, his memoir which includes the story of their rescue at sea in 1990; Gay Panic in the Ozarks, a legal thriller that has a photo of the Randolph County Courthouse on the cover. His new novel, A Pearl for Kizzy, has a fictional setting on the Black River.

As a long time member and supporter of the museum, Bethune will donate all proceeds from book sales to the Heritage Museum.

About A Pearl for Kizzy

49210703_High Resolution Front Cover_6302041Kizzy, a spirited child, lives with her family on a one-room ramshackle houseboat in Big Pearl, Arkansas. They fish, dig for mussels, look for pearls, and sell the shells to the button factory. It is a crude life made harder by the Great Depression, natural disasters, and prejudice.

At the onset of World War II, Kizzy befriends a young boy—a refugee from Nazi Germany—and a cultured young woman who encourages her to read and learn from Jane Austen’s books.

Kizzy yearns for a better life, but as she comes of age her dream of getting off the river is threatened by the evil Bully Bigshot and his Eugenics Center, a corrupt outfit that wants to rid the world of “river rats” like her through abortion and “better breeding.” … And there is Cormac, the lascivious man Kizzy calls her “make-do stepfather.”

Kizzy’s struggle mimics today’s culture war. Daring, but realistic, the novel examines love, pride, compassion, courage, hope, morality, and duty—the things that inform and shape our destiny.


First-Person History Series

The Randolph County Heritage Museum is presenting a series of lecture/story-telling evenings during July and August. Local historians and long-time residents will discuss, from a personal and “first-person” perspective, various topics of local interest and lore.

The series will be held on Monday evenings at 6pm in the Museum Annex. Refreshments will be served.

  • July 11th – Women of Distinction in Randolph County by Ann Carroll
  • July 18th – The Foster family in early Randolph County by Jake Foster
  • July 25th – Growing up here in the 1950s and early 1960s by Frank Bigger, Carol Carroll, and Dick Olvey
  • August 1st – Growing up here in the 1940s and early 1950s by Virginia Stevens and Mike Dunn
  • August 8th – The “Point” by Anna Cook
  • August 15th – The Fourche River Valley by Harmon Seawel
  • August 22nd – Growing up here in the 1920s and 1930s by Ann Carroll