The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society (SAHPS) puts on the Mayhaw Festival in El Dorado, Arkansas, on the first weekend of May. Organized in the 1970’s, the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society, Inc.has been dedicated to educating the public about Arkansas’ rich history
for over 30 years. Its most important project has been the restoration
and preservation of the Newton House Museum. Restoration work was
completed in 1983, allowing the public a glimpse of life in 19th century
Arkansas. With the Newton House as its focal point, this
not-for-profit foundation continues to promote the study of the history
of southern Arkansas, Union County and El Dorado.
The Preservation Society
The Preservation Society was created in 2009 to act as the Friends
support organization for the SAHPS and its activities. Membership in the
society supports the preservation of the Newton House Museum and the
educational programs regularly offered under the society’s banner.
Recent educational programs have included lectures on the oil & gas
industry, the War Between the States, disenfranchisement legislation,
19th century southern ghost towns, and regional archaeological
To learn more about the SAHPS and the Preservation Society, visit the SAHPS website.
Jack Wilson, Business Manager
Paula Kinnaird, Office Manager
Cindy Hobbs, Accounting
Board of Directors
Jay Helm, Chairman
John Thomas Shepherd, Vice Chairman
Teresa Botner, Secretary
Diane Alderson (Ex-officio)
John A. Moore
Bob Watson, Sr.
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