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Delta Studies Center’s oral history exhibit on display at ASU Dean B. Ellis Library

March 15, 2007 -- The Arkansas State University Delta Studies Center’s oral history photographic traveling exhibit "Arkansas Delta Agricultural and Community in Transition, 1920-1980: An Oral History," is now on display at the Dean B. Ellis Library, third floor exhibit area.

Senator Jerry BookoutThe exhibit, which captures the heart of the Delta Region through the voices of its people, will be dedicated to the memory of the late Senator Jerry Bookout who was one of the 106 individuals interviewed for this project.

A reception and short program will be held in the exhibit area on Sunday, April 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., honoring Senator Jerry Bookout and his family.

In addition, the exhibit will be available through April 15 on the following schedule: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In 1998, Delta Studies Center interviewers traveled to 17 Eastern Arkansas counties to conduct interviews with people who experienced various aspects of the Delta during the 60-year period covered in the project.

Peggy R. Wright, director of the Delta Studies Center and Dr. Brady Banta, Dean B. Ellis Library director of archives and special collections, served as co-managers of the project. Drs. Calvin Smith and Larry Ball, formerly of the ASU history department, were project co-directors.

Other members of the project team were Christine Perry, Delta Studies Center research assistant; Rasheda Hamilton, Vaneta Harvey, Pat Snodgrass, Lynne Zollner and Natasha Washington, project interviewers; and Burr Swann, project manager for Delta Studies Center Rural Development Initiative.

Funding for the project was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, under the auspices of the East Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council, with additional support from Congressman Marion Berry. Arkansas State University provided in-kind and matching funds for the project.

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Dean B. Ellis Library in collaboration with the Delta Studies Center.

This exhibit is available to community and civic groups. Bookings may be arranged by contacting the Delta Studies Center at (870) 972-2325 or at (877) 731-3020.

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