Hope Bragg, incoming president of the Arkansas Archeological Society and member of the Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society, will discuss the past, present, and future of the Society at a meeting on December 5 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Bragg will highlight the history of the Society and its future as an organization that works with professional archaeologists to do “citizen science” and preserve Arkansas’s rich cultural heritage.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the School of Forestry and Natural Resources Conference Room at the University of Arkansas at Monticello on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m.

In 1960, a group of individuals sharing a common interest in preserving Arkansas’ cultural heritage formed a society for “week-end archeologists.” Led by pioneers in Arkansas archeology, such as Dr. Charles McGimsey, Hester Davis, and Sam Dellinger, the Arkansas Archeological Society was formed to involve the “Sunday afternoon arrowhead hunters” in the documentation of archaeological sites, so that valuable history was not lost.

The Arkansas Archeological Society is a state-wide group of people interested in the archeology and history of Arkansas. The organization hosts an annual training program in archeology and includes chapters across the state.

In 2017, Bragg, a long-time member of the local Tunican Chapter, was elected president of the Society. She is the staff chairman and 4-H agent with the University of Arkansas-Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension in Desha County. She has a B.A. in Forestry, a M.S. in Forestry, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She recently received national recognition for her work in developing a 4-H project that focuses on STEM education using hands on archeological projects.

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society, in conjunction with the Drew County Historical Society, holds a monthly speaker series on the first Tuesday of each month in the spring and fall. These events, which are also sponsored by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, feature programs on local history and archaeology. The events are free and open to the public.


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