Lakeport Plantation’s May 28 history talk will feature Rhonda Stewart, a genealogy and history specialist at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies who will present Ancestral Activity: Doing African American Genealogy in Arkansas and Chicot County.

Stewart will discuss how to research African-American family history in Arkansas. She will talk about the importance of oral history and the vast amount of information now available in genealogical databases on the internet.

Rhonda Stewart - 3rd grade

Rhonda Stewart – 3rd grade

Stewart recommends starting with family oral history and then confirming the information with local history resources and genealogy databases. Part of her presentation will focus on on two examples of family history in Chicot County.

The discussion will be held at the Lakeport Plantation on May 28 at 6 p.m. with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, call Blake Wintory at 870.265.6031.

Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk held on the last Thursday at the Lakeport Plantation. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured. The event is free and open to the public. Lakeport Legacies meets at Lakeport Plantation, located at 601 Hwy 142 in Lake Village.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is a department of the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock.