February 09, 2011 Edition

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Historical Society
launches website

Gretchen Hunt

The Lawrence County Historical Society recently launched a new website at www.lchsar.org.

"Jon and Lesa Walter, members of our society, have put together a great new website, which is still in its beginning stages," Lloyd Clark, president of the society, said.

The programming and database development was done by Jon, and the Walters' daughter, Janie, a graphic design student at Arkansas State University, did the logo and site design.

"The website officially launched on Jan. 19," Jon said. "In the first week, we had 235 unique visitors and many repeat visitors. We expect that number to rise once the site is indexed in Google."

The site offers recent news and articles of interest, upcoming events and a brief history of the county and its towns. There is also a photo gallery of historical photographs, which they hope to add to.

"We would like more photos to be sent in by anyone," Jon said. "We would love to have a huge repository of indexed historical photos."

A searchable index of family names contained in the Lawrence County Family History Book and an index of articles from all LCHS quarterly journal publications since 1978 are also featured.

Those visiting the site will also find order forms for back issues of the journal, as well as the Family History Book, an interactive map of Lawrence County sites placed on the National Register of Historic Places, membership information and a list of local resources and research links.

"The most popular parts of the site thus far are the Photo Gallery and the Family History Book index pages," Jon said. Ideas planned for the future include a book review section and a section that features Lawrence County family histories.

"We would also like to add a more in-depth map that will feature historic places that exist today, plus historic places that have vanished, such as the town of Opposition, Old Military Road, school sites, Civil War skirmishes, ferries and more," Jon said.

Clark said the group welcomes input from the public regarding the site, as well as copies of their old photos or articles about the past.

"We hope the site can be a service to folks doing family histories, to researchers looking into Lawrence County roots and to folks who might consider coming here to live so they can learn about our rich heritage and valuable contributions this county has made to the state and nation."

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