State president receives Arkansas Historian Award
Arkansas Society United States Daughters of 1812 State Historian DeeLois Lawrence recently presented Kay Tatum with the U.S.D. 1812 Arkansas Historian Award for serving as project manager-coordinator and legislative spokeswoman for the War of 1812 Memorial Fountain Modification Project.
The modification project, begun in 2017 with the financing of the national society, was to add 634 names to the 101-year-old monument located on the Capitol grounds in Little Rock.
The addition or modification of any monument on the Capitol grounds must be approved by Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Committee and strict guidelines are upheld, a news release said. Committee and subcommittee meetings were held, with public hearings, to secure the necessary approval to add names of War of 1812 soldiers buried in Arkansas. The final public hearing was held on Oct. 11 and final approval was obtained on Nov. 29, 2018.
The War of 1812 Memorial Fountain featured the names of 56 soldiers etched on the monument. Recent extensive research has identified 634 additional soldiers who served in the war and then settled in Arkansas.
The group added the names on the fountain on two zinc plaques that were affixed to the monument.
Tatum, president of the state society and chairman of the Arkansas U.S.D. 1812 Capitol Fountain Modification Committee, said the monument was placed in 1917 by Arkansas U.S.D. 1812 members "who obtained the needed funding by planting, picking and selling cotton. In 1917, they didn't have online databases such as Ancestry.com and Findagrave.com to verify someone's service and place of death."
Last year, two names were added to the monument at a cost of over $100 per name. There is no room to etch over 600 more names on the monument and the cost would be prohibitive, the release said.
Committee members said Tatum was extremely prepared and her research and efficiency was complimented, the release said.
Society on 04/03/2019
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