The Lakeport Plantation has released the 2014 schedule for Lakeport Legacies, a monthly history talk focusing on history in the Delta.

The 2014 schedule includes talks about the World War II Italian Prisoner of War Camp at Monticello, Chicot County’s connection to the famed Bowie Knife, slave life in Chicot County, and architecture in the Mississippi Delta.

Lakeport Legacies talks are held at the Lakeport Plantation, located at 601 Highway 142 at Lake Village. Each monthly talk begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and conversation, followed by the program at 6 p.m.

2014 Lakeport Legacies Schedule

March 20 · Remembering Camp Monticello: Archaeology of Arkansas’s World War II Home Front Heritage

Dr. Jodi Barnes, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas Archeological Survey

April 24 · Drennen Dale: John Drennen’s Unfinished Legacy in Chicot County
Tom Wing, Drennen-Scott Historic Site, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith

May 29 · Truths & Reinterpreting the Past: Examples from the Lower Mississippi Valley
Clinton Bagley, Mississippi Department of Archives & History

June 19 · Bowie Knives: The Chicot County Connection
Bill Worthen , Director of Historic Arkansas Museum

July 31 · Images of Chicot County: A Book Project
Dr. Blake Wintory, Lakeport Plantation, and LaRhonda Mangrum, Arkansas Gravestones Project

August 28 · Slave Life in Chicot County: Toil and Resistance on the River
Kelly Jones, University of Arkansas

September 25 · UAM’s Historic Properties and Tourism in Southeast Arkansas
Dr. John Kyle Day, University of Arkansas at Monticello

Lakeport Plantation is Arkansas’ only antebellum plantation house on the Mississippi River.

The plantation home is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, built in 1859 for the Johnson family of Kentucky. The Sam Epstein Angel family of Lake Village deeded the house to the university in 2001. Restoration began in 2002, using the highest level of U. S. Department of Interior standards for rehabilitation, and the restored home opened to the public in 2007. Since its opening, thousands of visitors from all over Arkansas, the United States, and the globe have toured the plantation.

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