The “Women in Preservation” virtual speaker series features women from a variety of backgrounds who are working to save Arkansas’s historic places.
Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director emeritus of Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, led restoration and development of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, Historic Dyess Colony, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, and Historic Kays House. She taught historic preservation and heritage tourism courses in A-State’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program and served as executive director of Arkansas Delta Byways Tourism Association.
Hawkins is the recipient of numerous state and national awards in preservation and tourism, including the Parker Westbrook Lifetime Achievement through Preserve Arkansas, National Preservation Award through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Arkansas Historical Association’s Lifetime Achievement and Diamond awards. She has been cited in the Congressional Record for preservation leadership and is a member of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame and a state advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Paula Miles, serving with Dr. Ruth Hawkins for 32 years, Paula Miles retired in 2020, as assistant director of Arkansas State University Heritages Sites. She assisted in the restoration of the four Heritage Sites museums at ASU and the restoration of the historic Kays house on the ASU Campus. Later, she helped move the Heritage Sites offices to the restored Kays structure and set up the “Governor Mike Beebe Office” in the main living room. Paula met with architects to finalize museum plans and worked with design companies to create museum exhibits. She assisted with fundraising events, helped plan the grand openings for each site, and organized the gift shops including ordering specialty items unique to each site. Paula also helped develop the outdoor exhibits at the Rohwer Relocation Camp narrated by George Takei.
She currently is executive secretary/treasurer for the Arkansas Delta Byways Regional Tourism Association serving the 15-counties in Eastern Arkansas. Paula has received multiple distinguished performance awards for her work with the ASU Heritage Sites and Special Recognition and Outstanding Member awards for Arkansas Delta Byways.
Upcoming speakers include:
Watch the October 13th talk with Patricia Blick here.
Watch the March 16th talk with Cheryl L. Batts here.
Watch the April 13th talk with Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan here.
Watch the May 11th talk with Carla Hines Coleman and Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis here.
Watch the June 8th talk with Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree here.
This project is supported by DEMX Architecture.