March 31, 2010 Edition

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Construction on archives
facility should begin soon

Construction on the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives facility, which will be located on the grounds of the Powhatan Historic State Park, will begin soon according to Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts.

Stonebridge Construction, LLC of Jonesboro is the contractor for the estimated $805,400 project and is slated for completion by late 2010.

Grant funds from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, which helps maintain state-owned natural areas, historic sites and outdoor recreation areas, will pay for the project.

Regional archives will be preserved in a 1,484 square foot vault located inside the 3,965-square-foot facility. Researchers will be able to examine the archives in the facility's 713-square-foot research/reading room. The facility will also feature a 312 square foot archival processing room, where records will be conserved and prepared.

Arkansas State Parks will oversee the facility, and the Arkansas History Commission will manage it.

"The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives will collect, preserve and service the archival material of Lawrence County in the public interest," said Dr. Wendy Richter, state historian and director of the Arkansas History Commission.

"The archives will be a resource center for historical research, dedicated to the collecting and preserving of primary source materials that record the unique history, culture and heritage of Lawrence County and Northeast Arkansas."

The facility will also house reference materials from the Ozark Cultural Resource Center, once located at the Ozark Folk Center State Park at Mountain View.

"The facility will ensure the preservation of records of the past for current and future generations in a state-of-the-art facility, and will make historical research easier," Dr. Richter said.

For more information contact Dr. Richter at 501-682-6900 or wendy.richter@Arkansas.gov.

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