Deterioration from natural forces such as weathering and uncontrolled vegetation and insensitive development threaten historic cemeteries. The involvement of individuals and organizations with an interest and commitment to saving local history and culture is critical to protecting and preserving Arkansas’s historic cemeteries.

February’s Tunican Chapter speakers will be Kathy Anderson, the Public Relations Chair, and Carla Coleman, vice president of the Preservation of African American Cemeteries (PAAC), and Holly Hope, special projects historian with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The three will discuss the proper practices for maintaining African American and historic cemeteries.

The Tunican Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society is a group of people interested in the archeology and history of Arkansas. Members work with the UAM Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey to recognize and preserve Arkansas cultural heritage and to foster and encourage interest in the preservation of sites and artifacts. The Chapter holds a monthly speaker series on the first Tuesday of each month.

The program titled, Maintaining African American and Historic Cemeteries, will be held on Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources conference room on the UAM campus.

The event is free and open to the public.