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Dr. Blake Wintory appointed assistant director,
facilities manager, at Lakeport Plantation
Aug. 18, 2008 --
University announces the appointment of Dr. Blake Wintory as assistant
director and facilities manager at Lakeport Plantation, an
State University Heritage Site in Lake Village, Ark.
Dr. Wintory is currently director of research and interpretation for the
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, a Department of Arkansas
Heritage museum celebrating African American history, culture and
community in Arkansas. He has been with the museum since December 2004
and has been involved in working with exhibit designers, as well as
research, writing, artifact selection, oral histories, programming, and
other aspects of developing the new center, scheduled to open to the
public in September.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology, and in 2005 he
received a doctorate in environmental dynamics with a specialization in
environmental and Southern history, all from the University of
Arkansas-Fayetteville. While at UAF, he taught courses in anthropology
and was named “Influential Instructor” by graduating seniors and the
Division of Student Affairs. He also was the recipient of the Samuel C.
Dellinger Award in the Department of Anthropology.
Dr. Wintory replaces Ronnie Walker, who has accepted responsibility for
assisting with the restoration of two significant historic log
structures in Randolph County.
major aspects of the Lakeport house restoration now complete, we are
essentially moving into the programming phase,” said Dr. Ruth Hawkins,
ASU’s director of Arkansas Heritage SITES (System Initiatives for
Technical and Educational Support). “With Blake’s experience in both
teaching and museum development, he is the ideal person to take us to
this next level.”
Dr. Wintory has
published two articles in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly,
including a summer 2004 article on William Hines Furbush, an African
American legislator and sheriff in Lee County, Ark., and a winter 2006
biographical analysis of Arkansas’s 84 nineteenth-century African
American state legislators. He also has entries in the Encyclopedia
of Arkansas History and Culture and the African American National
Biography and has conducted research on flood control and levee
systems along the Mississippi River, as well as other aspects of the
Arkansas Delta environment.
He has presented at a wide range of professional conferences and is a
member of the American Anthropological Association, the Arkansas
Historical Association, and the Southern Historical Association.
Dr. Wintory begins his duties at the Lakeport Plantation on Aug. 25.