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The Bismarck Project: The History of Bismarck and Surrounding Areas of Antioch, Beaton, Caney, DeRoche, Jack Mountain, Marcus, New DeRoche, Oak Bower, and Point Cedar, More or Less is a self-published Bismarck School District publication, originating from a grant received from The Ross Foundation in 2014. As was included in this grant, the Bismarck High School Young Historians Society was created, its purpose to collect, compile, and preserve the local history of Bismarck, Arkansas and its surrounding communities and, while in the process, to educate students in the various skills required for self-publishing. This book is a result of The Bismarck Project, containing history submitted by area residents who knew or lived the history. Through personal photograph collections, recent photographs, personal writings, articles, historic and hand-drawn maps, and artifacts, these rural Arkansas communities, centrally located between the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains of Hot Springs and the Caddo River bottomlands of Arkadelphia, are historized within several categories: Churches, Farm Sheds, Generations, Livelihoods, Old Homesteads, Old Ways, Schools, and Travelin’. Examples of history range from the better-known one-room schools and early churches of Point Cedar and the old DeRoche Hodges House (National Register of Historic Places), to the lesser-known and almost-forgotten 1951 Big Hill Creek Flood in Marcus, the Jack Mountain abandoned cemetery, and the still-standing Fry Pre-Civil War homestead. Categories in each community vary, depending on the type of history submitted and made available from that particular community. Though covering only a small pocket of central Arkansas, the submitted history in stories, documents, letters, maps, pictures, and the like serves as a first-hand representation of the state’s rural past and how it was once lived. Researchers, genealogists, and lovers of the state’s historic country buildings will discover much shared-for-the-first-time local history and a treasury of inside views of old dairies, farm sheds, homesteads, post offices, and grocery stores. Adding credence to the project are submitted articles previously published in the Hot Spring County Historical Society’s annual The Heritage, proving The Bismarck Project a successful collaboration of the area’s amateur and seasoned historians. Besides the obvious historical value, the book serves as an on-going fundraiser for the Bismarck High School Library. The big 8 ½" x 11" 422 page book contains an abundance of both black and white and color pictures and images in soft cover. No index.
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Originating from a grant received from the Ross Foundation, the Bismarck High School Young Historians Society was created in 2014. The YHS is comprised of nine Bismarck High School students, grades 9-12, and their sponsor. Students are Ashlee Carter, Jared Collins, Morgan Cooper, Michelle "Miki" Fendley, Lee Hodges, Amber Nicks, Rachael Rowland, Taylor Rynders, and Sarah Smith. Sponsor is Robin Piper, BHS Librarian. All students are volunteers, receiving no school credit, grade, or compensation for their work. Members of The Young Historians Society continue to monitor orders and funds generated from the publication of this book.
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