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StoryCorps is making its way to Hope care of the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site. The national oral history project will be there as part of the Centennial of the National Park Service, which is taking place this year across the country. The purpose of StoryCorps is to record stories across …
This is the centennial year of the National Park Service, NPS, and there have been celebrations and special events across the U.S. and throughout the year to honor the occasion. August stands out as it marks the month when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the agency on August 25, 1916. Among …
Watermelon festivals are a summer tradition in Arkansas. This year signals the 35th anniversary event for the Cave City Watermelon Festival (Aug. 7-9), whose city tagline is ‘home of the world’s sweetest watermelons.’ In Hope during that same time frame ( Aug. 7-9) will be another chance to catch a watermelon celebration, this one honoring …
Summer is a chance to savor a sweet (and big) slice of watermelon. The state’s largest watermelons are celebrated each year at the Hope Watermelon Festival in Hope. The 37th annual event, set for August 8-10, includes ice-cold watermelons sold by the slice, watermelon weigh-ins, and watermelon eating and seed spitting contests. Watermelons have long …
This Saturday, May 11, Arkansas communities will join communities across America to celebrate the importance of trains to their town during the sixth annual National Train Day. Here is a quick roundup of the interesting options taking place around the state. In Little Rock, Mayor Mark Stodola will be on-site at the Amtrak Little Rock …
According to an article by Hope Star editor Ken McLemore, Amtrak has announced that passenger rail service on its Amtrak Texas Eagle will begin in Hope on April 4 with the arrival of the westbound Train 21. The westbound Texas Eagle, Train 21, is scheduled to depart Hope at 5:09 every morning, with arrivals that …
The 35th annual Hope Watermelon Festival is this weekend! (Aug 11-13). Watermelons have long been a calling card for the city. The Festival itself dates back to the mid-1920s when the city staged a one-day annual festival.  World Record watermelon grower Lloyd Bright has a site where you can see historic photos of large watermelons …
  Paul Klipsch ( 1904-2001) was an audio pioneer and resident of Hope. He was the inventor of Klipsch speakers and is considered one of the nation’s most celebrated audio pioneers because he revolutionized the way the world listens to recorded music. Klipsch founded the Kilpsch speaker company on a deep-rooted love of music. The …