Preserve Arkansas hosts conferences and trainings attended by preservation professionals, business and political leaders, historic district commissioners officials, Main Street Arkansas personnel, architects, developers, real estate professionals and interested citizens. Topics range from statewide preservation issues and Arkansas’s architectural history to historic neighborhood and commercial district revitalization.
Some of our annual educational events include “Behind the Big House“, a two-day program that moves beyond the “Big House” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them. Held at places like Historic Washington State Park and Lakeport Plantation, the program features the Slave Dwelling Project and includes live demonstrations, tours and lectures to highlight the important contributions of African Americans to Arkansas’s history.
“Dollars and Sense of Historic Preservation” is designed to train business and property owners, developers, real estate professionals, economic developers, public officials, and community leaders on the economic potential of historic building rehabilitation and downtown revitalization. Real Estate Licensees and American Institute of Architects members are eligible to earn Continuing Education credits.
Each fall, Preserve Arkansas hosts a “Fall Ramble” or bus trip to a different region of Arkansas. Past ramblers have stayed overnight at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville, toured the Japanese-American Internment Site at Rohwer, enjoyed a harvest gala dinner in Birdeye, and toured the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess. The Ramble explores Arkansas’s heritage sites for an exceptional experience filled with history and fun.
Each spring since 1999, Preserve Arkansas has released an annual list of Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places. The list is designed to raise awareness of the importance of Arkansas’s historic places and generate support – both technical and financial – for saving endangered properties. Additionally, this list provides a tool for evaluating and prioritizing preservation needs in Arkansas.