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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. All programs are free, thanks to generous support from DEMX Architecture, but advance registration is required. See below.

Join us on Tuesday, September 13th at 3:30 p.m. for a program with Ruth O’Loughlin, site director at Lakeport Plantation in Chicot County.

Ruth has nearly 20 years of museum experience. She started in high school working for the Midland County Historical Society in her hometown of Midland, Michigan, and continued there while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Central Michigan University. In 2007, she moved to Lake Village, Arkansas, through the Teach for America Program to teach fifth grade at Lakeside Elementary School and later became the K-5 librarian. During the summers, she worked weekends at Lakeport Plantation. In 2018, she left Lakeside Elementary to take a full-time position at Lakeport.

Ruth O’Loughlin

Upcoming speakers:

October 11 – Renee Vanegas, AIA, LEED GA, Senior Associate, Deborah Berke Partners, NYC

November 15 – Pam Beasley, Superintendent, Historic Washington State Park


Previous talks are available below.

Watch the 10/13/20 talk with Patricia Blick here.

Watch the 11/10/20 talk with Lisa Skiles and Morganne Weaver here.

Watch the 2/9/21 talk with Mandi Curtwright here.

Watch the 3/16/21 talk with Cheryl L. Batts here.

Watch the 4/13/21 talk with Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan here.

Watch the 5/11/21 talk with Carla Hines Coleman and Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis here.

Watch the 6/8/21 talk with Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree here.

Watch the 7/13/21 talk with Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Paula Miles here.

Watch the 8/10/21 talk with Rose Schweikhart here.

Watch the 9/14/21 talk with Dr. Rachel Miller here.

Watch the 10/12/21 talk with Laura Hendrix here.

Watch the 11/9/21 talk with Claudia Cathcart Shannon here.

Watch the 2/8/22 talk with Elise Hampton here.

Watch the 3/15/22 talk with Dr. Mel Zabecki here.

Watch the 4/12/22 talk with Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita here.

Watch the 5/10/22 talk with Secretary Stacy Hurst here.

Watch the 6/14/22 talk with Pat Johnson here.

Watch the 7/12/22 talk with Vanessa Norton McKuin here.

Watch the 8/9/22 talk with Hannah Ratzlaff here.

This project is generously supported by DEMX Architecture.