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Student Workshop and Exhibition

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR

Photograph: The William Meade Fishback Home. Courtesy of Joe Wasson.

The Fort Smith Museum of History and the United States Marshals Museum partnered to offer a summer program for Fort Smith junior and senior high school students.  The students met weekly, conducted research into the Belle Grove and Fishback neighborhoods and the Chaffee Historic District then designed an exhibit utilizing art, writing, photography, etc. of the students' choice. The project concluded with an exhibit opening at the museum August 26.  The students' exhibit will remain in place through the fall.

The project will began June 6 with students meeting weekly to visit the neighborhoods and conduct research.  Students were offered a presentation by Fort Smith architect Galen Hunter on the principles of good design and a program on the principles of good photography with Larry Millican of Bedford.  United States Marshals Museum Curator Dave Kennedy presented Components of a Good Exhibit.  Shelley Blanton with the Pebley Center at the UAFS Boreham Library offered advice on research resources.  Fort Smith Museum of history Board of Trustees members Jo Ann Campbell and David Roberts guided students on the tour of the historic Fishback Neighborhood.  Museum Collections Committee member David Kerr, Julie Moncrief with the Clayton House, volunteers Sue and Floyd Robison and Marcus Woodward guided students through the Belle Grove Historic District.  Chaffee Museum Curator Rod Williamson guided the students through the Chaffee Historic District. 

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Thank you.