Saturday, July 27, 2024

18th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium

Historic Washington State Park

What to know

Historic Washington State Park will host the 18th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium on Saturday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Washington, Arkansas: 200 Years of History” and will focus on the impact of the community of Washington, Arkansas, since its founding in 1824, on the Great Bend Region of the Red River.

Specific topics and speakers will include:

  • “Who are Americans: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville” by Dr. John Wilsey, professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • “Washington, Arkansas and America’s Story over 200 Years” by Josh Williams of Historic Washington State Park.
  • “Act No. 247 of 1929: The War Time Capitol Memorial Commission and the Birth of the Preservation Movement in Arkansas” by Melissa Nesbitt of the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives.
  • “Archeological Preservation: How Historic Archeology has developed Historic Washington” by Dr. Carl Drexler of the Arkansas Archeological Survey.
  • “Panel Discussion on the Impact of Washington and its Future” with selected panelists from Washington, Arkansas.

A discounted price will be offered to those who wish to attend both the teacher/researcher workshop and symposium. Register by July 19 by contacting the park visitor center at 870-983-2684.



100 SW Morrison
Washington, AR 71862