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Lakeport Legacies Features “Ancestral Activity” Expert


LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. — Rhonda Stewart, a genealogy and history specialist, is the featured speaker for Lakeport Plantation’s monthly history talk, Thursday, May 28. The talk is part of the Lakeport Legacies series. 
The program begins at 6 p.m. at the Lakeport Plantation, 601 Highway 142, in Lake Village. Refreshments and conversation get underway at 5:30 p.m. 

Lakeport Plantation with cotton
Lakeport Plantation during cotton harvest season

Stewart’s talk is titled, "Ancestral Activity: Doing African American Genealogy in Arkansas and Chicot County," and she will discuss how to research African American family history in Arkansas. She represents the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock.
Stewart will talk about the importance of oral history and the vast amount of information now available in genealogical databases on the Internet. She recommends starting with family oral history and then confirming the information with local history resources and genealogy databases. Part of Stewart's presentation will focus on two examples of family history in Chicot County. 
For more information, contact Blake Wintory (870) 265-6031. Also, information may be obtained at http://lakeport.astate.edu/2015/05/19/lakeport-legacies-ancestral-activity-doing-african-american-genealogy-in-arkansas-chicot-county/.
Lakeport Legacies is held on one of the last Thursdays of the month at the Lakeport Plantation during the spring and summer. A topic from the Delta region is featured each month. The event is free and open to the public. 
The Lakeport Plantation is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Constructed circa 1859, Lakeport is one of Arkansas's premier historic structures. Open to the public since 2007, Lakeport researches and interprets the people and cultures that shaped plantation life in the Mississippi River Delta, focusing on the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods. 
Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. A-State's Heritage Sites include the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, the Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, and Arkansas State University Museum.  
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