Old Independence Regional Museum’s Exhibit Earning a Living

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“Earning a Living,” Old Independence Regional Museum’s new exhibit and its program, has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 23, at 2 p.m. It had to be postponed from its initial schedule in January due to snow.

The same program presenters will speak. Craig Ogilvie will take the audience back to 1948 when his family made part of their living by picking cotton.

Amelia Bowmen, museum intern who is finishing her Master’s degree in public history at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, will share how she created this exhibit. Panels and artifacts will highlight segments titled “Timber”, “Mills and Millers”, “Boles to Bales” and “Making Ends Meet.”

The third speaker on the program will be Ray Bowman, who will tell about the changes in the timber industry over the past 50 years and how those changes have affected his company: Bowman Handles, Inc.

The program will be free and open to the public.  Normal museum hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children.  The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.

Old Independence is a regional museum serving a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff.  Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820’s Arkansas territory.