"Walks Through History" to tour downtown Jonesboro

LITTLE ROCK–The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s first 2017 “Walks Through History” tour will visit downtown Jonesboro on March 11, AHPP Interim Director Marian Boyd announced today.

The tour will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Frierson House at 1112 South Main Street. The Frierson House is best known as the home of Governor Francis Cherry and First Lady Margaret Frierson Cherry in the years that Cherry served as chancery judge. Jonesboro contains other National Register-listed properties such as the Craighead County Courthouse, the C. A. Stuck and Sons Lumber Company Building, the Edward Westbrooke Building and the Mercantile Bank Building, which will be featured on the tour. The tour is co-sponsored by the Downtown Jonesboro
Association.

In the “Walks Through History” program, which is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council, AHPP historians each month provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas.

Most tours begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The American Institute of Architects offers two HSW continuing education learning unit credits for members who attend a “Walks Through History” tour.

Other 2017 “Walks Through History” tours will be held April 15, Keo Commercial Historic District (Lonoke County); May 13, Downtown Hope Commercial District, co-sponsored by the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce; June 9, Arkansas Tech University, co-sponsored by the Pope County Historical Society and Arkansas Tech University; July 15, Downtown Searcy, co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society; August 12, Siloam Springs Downtown Historic District, co-sponsored by Main Street Siloam Springs; September 9, Mountain Home Commercial Historic District, co-sponsored by the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society; October 14, Camp Chaffee Historic District, co-sponsored by the Chaffee Crossing Historic District; November 11, Dumas Commercial Historic District, co-sponsored by Main Street Dumas, and December 9, El Dorado Commercial Historic District, co-sponsored by Main Street El Dorado.

All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to revis.edmonds@arkansas.gov or visit http://www.arkansaspreservation.org.

The Walks Through History program is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council, which seeks to promote the understanding, appreciation, and use of the humanities in Arkansas.

The humanities include the study of history, literature, ethics, philosophy, language, and the various legal, cultural, religious, and folk traditions – past and present – that define the human condition.




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