CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR- The Spring River Innovation Hub, in association with the City of Cherokee Village and the National Endowment forthe Arts, is hosting a fall lecture series highlighting the heritage of Sharp County and the Spring River area.
Dr. Brooks Blevins will speak on the history of the Ozarks and local pioneer culture on October 25, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the innovation hub. Dr. Brooks Blevins is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University and is the author and editor of nine books on the history of the Ozarks. Blevins has written numerous books on the history of the Ozark region including the trilogy, A History of the Ozarks, Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
There will be a book signing with Blevins held at 5:00 PM before the lecture. Volumes 1 and 2 of AHistory of the Ozarks series will be available forpurchase and signing at the event.
The fall lecture series initiative is part of a National Endowment of the Arts grant award of $100,000 to construct the first phase of a community master plan to support the arts, culture, and community development in Cherokee Village. Upcoming speaking engagements include a discussion on the Arkansas Traveler Folk Theater with Rachel Reynolds of Cultural Continuum Consulting on November 8th.
Key public-private partnerships include the City of Cherokee Village, Arts Center of North Arkansas, Cherokee Village Community Developer, Cherokee Village Historical Society, the Spring River Innovation Hub, University of Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Cherokee Village Suburban Improvement District, Old Kia Kima Historical Preservation Association, University of Arkansas Community Design Center and School of Architecture and the Arkansas Arts Council.
For questions, please email CVourtown@gmail.comor contact Graycen Bigger at 870.335.7409.