Lakeport Plantation has announced its 2016 schedule for Lakeport Legacies, a monthly talk focusing on history in the Delta. Speakers will discuss a wide range of Delta topics, including the geology of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, the life of Chicot County’s Reconstruction political boss, and Modern architecture in the Arkansas Delta.

Lakeport Legacies history talk is held on one of the last Thursdays in the spring and summer months. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and conversation at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m.

Lakeport Plantation’s first Lakeport Legacies of 2016 will feature Dr. Brian Lockhart, a forest researcher who will discuss the meanderings of the Mississippi, Arkansas and Ohio rivers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley over the past 6,000 years.

These meanderings have affected human settlement and trade, as well as, the species composition of bottomland hardwood forests. The natural meandering of these rivers have shaped the landscape of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley for millennia. Maps titled, Ancient Courses, Mississippi River Meander Belt, created in 1944 for the Army Corps of Engineers by Harold Fisk beautifully illustrate the ancient paths.

Dr. Lockhart, who has degrees from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Yale University, and Mississippi State University, will also discuss how humans have recently affected the flow of rivers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and how scientists study and manage bottomland hardwood forests.

2016 Lakeport Legacies Schedule

March 24 · Meandering Rivers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Influence on Human Civilization and Forest Resource Management · Dr. Brian Lockhart

April 28 · The Life and Wives of James Worthington Mason · Dr. Blake Wintory (Lakeport Plantation)

May 26 · The Adventures of the Bastianelli and Pianalto Sisters: History from the Tontitown Museum · Dr. Rebecca Howard (University of Arkansas)

June 23 · Clean Lines and Open Fields: A Look at Mid-Century Modern Architecture in the Arkansas Delta · Mason Toms (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program/Main Street Arkansas)

July 28 · Revising the Mississippi Capitol · Jennifer Baughn and Brenda Davis (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)

August 25 · The Other Lycurgus Johnson: U.S. Colored Troops and Civil War Pension Files in Chicot County · Dr. Blake Wintory (Lakeport Plantation).