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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo DESIGN WINNER: The president of the Whitfield Garden Club, Karen Wolstenholme, won a Blue Ribbon -- First Place in the Design Division category with "Lush Forrest Glades" at the Arkansas State Flower Show in April.

DAR Chapter hosts picnic to honor Vietnam veterans

Hot Springs of Arkansas DAR Chapter will host a spring picnic to honor Vietnam veterans beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gulpha Gorge Campground in Hot Springs National Park.

All military personnel who served in Vietnam are welcome. The food will be furnished. Bring a guest, a lawn chair, a nonalcoholic drink, and come prepared to enjoy visiting with other vets and guests. In case of rain, the picnic will be moved indoors to 649 Ouachita St. at the Melting Pot Genealogical Society behind the Garland County Election Commission building.

AARP driver safety class set for NPMC

An AARP Smart Driver course, sponsored by National Park Medical Center, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Qualified graduates are eligible for an auto insurance discount.

There is a $15 fee for AARP members and $20 fee for nonmembers to cover course materials. Participants need to bring their driver's license and, if applicable, AARP membership card. Call 501-620-2705 to enroll.

Archeological society to meet Tuesday

The Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Maurice Room at National Park Medical Center, 1910 Malvern Ave.


Carl Drexler, the Arkansas Archeological Survey's station archeologist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, will present "Plans for the 2019 Arkansas Archeological Society Training Program in Southwest Arkansas."

The Arkansas Archeological Society and the Arkansas Archeological Survey work together to provide a training opportunity for society members to learn the techniques of scientific archeology while assisting professionals with research. This year, the training program will be held June 8-22 near De Queen. Excavations at a mound site in Sevier County will document past damage and clarify the site's construction history. Drexler will discuss past work at the site and the research plans.

Drexler has worked in Arkansas since 2001 on domestic and military sites, and codirected the Society Training Program investigations at the battlefield of Pea Ridge in 2018. He earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from College of William and Mary. Drexler's research interests include conflict archeology, spatial analysis, historical archeology of the U.S. South and Midwest, Cuban archeology, terrestrial and aerial laser scanning, or lidar, and the history and ethnography of sports in the United States, primarily baseball and hockey. He has published articles in Arkansas Historical Quarterly and the SAA Archaeological Record, and his edited book "Historical Archaeology in Arkansas: A Hidden Diversity," was published by University of Tennessee Press in 2016.

The public is welcome to attend the free presentation. Email Meeks Etchieson at [email protected] for more information.

Society on 05/09/2019

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