Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center Exhibit “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Her Reputation” June 20-July 8 (Posted by Ginger Smith)

The Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center will be hosting the traveling exhibit, Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Her Reputation, in the Murphy Gallery. The exhibit will be on display June 20-July 8. Admission, as always, is free.

The exhibit takes a look at the reputation of the state of Arkansas and has a lot of interesting facts and ideas. Everyone is invited to come by and visit the exhibit.

Our summer educational programs were highly successful. We have several touring exhibits planned for the Murphy Gallery this summer, otherwise we are turning our attention to preparing for the move into the new Art & Science Center.

Speaking of the center, painting the façade is moving along and all of the exterior should be painted very soon. The science center (basement) electrical improvements are completed, the new lighting is installed, and the floor has been painted. Our partners at the Museum of Discovery will be on site this week to help us begin setting up our first science exhibits to prepare for the opening.

The electrical work in the main galleries is nearing completion. The grid for the tin ceiling has been ordered and will be installed soon. Inside the building, we are beginning the finishing touches.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are making progress.

Finally, Junior Watts has offered the museum an acetylene generator that will be a welcome addition to our new farming/industry exhibit. The museum is always looking for interesting and different items that tell the story of Calico Rock and her people.

We hope you will take time to visit the Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center this summer. In the meantime, visit our website:

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.