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Welcome to South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society

The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit located in El Dorado, Arkansas. The Historical Preservation Society's principal property is the beautiful Newton House Museum. Located on Jackson Street, this historic Greek Revival home has authentic décor that reflects its antebellum construction (circa 1849). As the only antebellum home open to the public in El Dorado, it offers a glimpse into the rich history of southern Arkansas. This museum is a great family attraction and one of the special places to visit while in El Dorado.

The Historical Preservation Society also has recently added 1,100 sq ft of exhibition space in our administration building that features rotating exhibits from our permanent collections as well as traveling exhibits through the year.

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Classic Films for a New Generation

In consideration of all summer youth activities... The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society has revised the new Summer Schedule for their Silver Screen Series of vintage Hollywood movies, shorts, and television serials.

Beginning on Monday, July 1st, and continuing every Monday through August 5, the Silver Screen Series will be adding a Youth Summer Schedule called MONDAY MOVIE MATINEE from 10am until 12:00 noon.  These screenings are free and open to the public including free concessions! So, for a little free summer fun we offer you 6 Mondays, 6 Movies, 6 reasons to enjoy El Dorado's Gallery of History!  

Each film shown in the Silver Screen Series is selected from the Michael G. Fitzgerald Collection, which contains over 600 vintage original 16mm and 8mm film reels.  The majority of the collection is rare and never before seen by today’s audiences.

The Youth Matinee kicks off with a double feature, “My Dog Shep” & “Shep Come Home.”  The role of Shep was played by “Flame”, a German shepherd.  It was his film debut, but he went on to act in 20 other movies in the late 40’s and early 50’s, earning the name “Flame the Wonder Dog.”  He played “Rusty” in a series of movies (“For the Love of Rusty”, “My Dog Rusty”, “Rusty Leads the Way”, “Rusty Saves a Life”), and the detective Pal (“Pal’s Adventure”, “Pal’s Return”, “Pal, Canine Detective”, “Pal, Fugitive Dog”, and “Pal’s Gallant Journey”).  His last role came in 1954, in the TV series “Life of Riley.”  He was the father of Golden Boy Jr., who starred in the “Rin Tin Tin” TV series from 1954-59.

The Tuesday night adult and family SILVER SCREEN SERIES will continue on with their regular Tuesday evening showings beginning June 25 same time of 6:30p.m.  Again, free admission, free concessions! 

The adult feature will be Universal Studios 1945 musical comedy “Honeymoon Ahead,” starring Allan Jones, Grace McDonald, and Raymond Walburn.  “Honeymoon Ahead” finds Jones in of all places, prison and leading the prison choir. That's only natural since his avocation before incarceration was as a church choirmaster. The film runs 60 minutes and will be preceded by the Castle Films musical short, “The Band Parade” featuring Ted Lewis and his orchestra. 

The Silver Screen Series is hosted in the Gallery of History, located at 412 E. Faulkner, in the historic Murphy Hill District of El Dorado.

 For more information about your yesterday call 870-862-9890 or come by and visit your yesterday at 412 East Faulkner Street, El Dorado, Arkansas  71730

2019 Directors:  Diane Alderson, Jim Andrews, Aubra Anthony, Teresa Botner, Bill Campbell, Courtney Crotty, Vince Dawson, Bonnie Haynie, Cindy Langston, Candi Mattocks, Patrick Nolan, LaQuita Rainey, Adenia Riley Robbins, Ken Van Hook, Bob Watson, Sr.

News & Press


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