Historical Society seeks public’s eclipse photos and stories

Garland County Historical Society board member Kyle Clem, left, and Executive Director Liz Robbins ask residents and visitors to send their Total Solar Eclipse photographs to the Garland County Historical Society for preservation. (Submitted photo)
Garland County Historical Society board member Kyle Clem, left, and Executive Director Liz Robbins ask residents and visitors to send their Total Solar Eclipse photographs to the Garland County Historical Society for preservation. (Submitted photo)

The Garland County Historical Society asks residents and visitors alike to submit their photographs and stories from Monday's historic total solar eclipse.

"There will be plenty of photos of the actual eclipse, but what we want are shots of what's going on in the community before, during, and after the eclipse -- people watching it at parties and events throughout Garland County, along with traffic jams, lines at the gas pumps, and other unusual eclipse happenings or effects," Liz Robbins, the Historical Society's executive director, said in a news release.

Residents and visitors can upload their photos to the society's website or email eclipse photos as attachments to the Garland County Historical Society at [email protected]. Emails should include the locations of the photos, the date, the names of the persons in the photographs, or other identifiers.

"The April 8, 2024, solar eclipse is the third time Arkansas will have been in the path of totality. The other two were in 1834 and 1918," Kyle Clem, Historical Society board member, said in the release.

"Unlike in the first events, this year our community has the ability to capture a photographic record of the event and save it at the society's archives. We want to preserve this exciting historical event for future generations, especially for those who will see the next Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 12, 2045."

In addition to photographs, the Historical Society welcomes the submission of any stories of people's experiences "during this extraordinary event."

Call the Historical Society at 501-321-2159 for more information. The society, 328 Quapaw Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, but will be closed this Monday and Tuesday.

The website is located at:

https://tinyurl.com/443nrcav

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