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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.

Our next webinar will feature Pat Johnson on June 14 at 3:30 PM. 

Pat Johnson is a native of Pocahontas and a retired Community Health Aide with the Arkansas Department of Health. Pat was inspired by her career of helping others and serving the community to open the Eddie Mae Herron Center in 2000 as a museum and gathering place for the community. The Eddie Mae Herron Center is formerly known as the St. Mary’s AME Church/Pocahontas Colored School. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Pat is married to her husband, Sherley, and has two daughters, four granddaughters and three great granddaughters. Pat is a dedicated community activist who works to preserve the history of Pocahontas’ African American community.

Pat Johnson

Upcoming speakers:

July 12 – Vanessa McKuin, Executive Director, Historic Cane Hill

August 9 – Hannah Ratzlaff, Urban Designer, City of Little Rock Dept. of Planning and Development


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.

This project is generously supported by DEMX Architecture.