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Internship at NEARA
honors Evelyn Flippo

A summer internship at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan has been established in memory of Evelyn Flippo, the long-time steward of the early Lawrence County records housed there.

The internship is being sponsored by the Lawrence County Historical Society and Five Rivers Historic Preservation of Randolph County.

April 8 is the application deadline. The NEARA internship offers a $2,500 stipend for logging 280 hours between May 30 and Aug. 19 learning to process, preserve, arrange and describe archival materials. Applicants should have or be working on a college degree in history or a related field, have a basic knowledge of research methods and be at least 18 years old.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to archival manager Meredith McFadden at or mail to NEARA, P.O. Box 44, Powhatan, AR 72458. Those interested can also call 870-878-6521 with questions.

When Powhatan lost its county seat status in the 1960s, Mrs. Flippo helped organize an army of volunteers to preserve documents that had been abandoned. She also chaired the Powhatan Courthouse Restoration Committee and advocated for the creation of what is now Powhatan Historic State Park.

As program manager at the park in the years before NEARA was established, she helped countless researchers with her detailed knowledge of the records and of Lawrence County history. She died in January 2015 at age 92.

NEARA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is a branch of the Arkansas State Archives, now an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other DAH agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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