Arkansas Archives & Research
Teachers enjoy working with our trained interpreters who offer living history characters, guided tours, and other programs that bring the state-mandated curriculum strands alive.
With advance notice to the park, researchers can be accommodated at most parks and museums. Regional research facilities that are branches of the Arkansas History Commission are located on the grounds of Historic Washington State Park and Powhatan Historic State Park. These research facilities are:
Historic Washington State Park - The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) maintains a research facility at Historic Washington State Park. SARA was founded in 1978 as a project of the Hempstead County Historical Society with assistance from the Arkansas History Commission, Historic Washington State Park, and the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation. SARA actively collects and documents life in 12 counties of southwest Arkansas.
Powhatan Historic State Park - The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) collects, preserves, and makes available source materials pertaining to the history of northeast Arkansas and its people. Holdings include traditional archival material such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, newspapers, and broadsides. Books, periodicals, and other print resources create a general Arkansas history reference library. The core of NEARA's initial holdings includes approximately 500 cubic feet of Lawrence County government records, donated by the Lawrence County Historical Society. These county records are among Arkansas's earliest documentary resources. Records from numerous counties in the region are available on microfilm. As the "Mother of Counties," Lawrence County was established in 1815, prior to the creation of the Arkansas Territory (1819). The county encompassed most of north Arkansas, and was later subdivided into more than 30 modern counties in both Arkansas and Missouri.
Arkansas's state parks and museums are resources for teachers and students. State parks are the most-used "non-traditional classroom" in Arkansas. Here, students begin to realize that their world in Arkansas is just as important as places they read about in textbooks. And, teachers enjoy working with our trained interpreters and educators who strive to base programming in the frameworks and strands of mandated state curricula. Numerous parks and museums offer teacher in-service workshops throughout the year, many for "continuing education" credit.
Whether students participate in hands-on science experiments or encounter living history characters while standing where history actually happened, Arkansas state parks offer memorable experiences for children of all ages. For further information about educational trips to state parks, visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com/education/.