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Crawford County Chronicles Presents Historian Billy Higgins

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Drennen-Scott Historic Site 221 North 3rd Street Van Buren, Arka

Billy D. Higgins, professor of history at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith will speak about Thomas Nuttall, an English botanist and zoologist who published significant, illustrated books cataloguing the plants and birds of America in the mid-19th century. Nuttall spent time in Fort Smith and this region to study and make a record of birds and plant life. Accompanied by Maj. William Bradford, who oversaw the construction of the first Fort Smith,the naturalist journeyed to the Red River on a scientific expedition on which the two men became separated. Higgins' talk will involve that adventure. He is the author of "Fort Smith: Vanguard of Western Frontier History," in which Maj. Bradford plays a large role. Higgins has also published “A Stranger and a Sojourner: Peter Caulder, Free Black Frontiersman in Antebellum Arkansas” and a biography of a Major League player "The Barling Darling: Hal Smith's Life in Baseball." Seat reservations are suggested by emailing twing@uafs.edu.