CALICO ROCK — 2019 has brought several new changes at the Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center, the first of which included the change of its parent organization’s name.
Now known as the Calico Rock Community Foundation, the name, approved by the organization’s board of trustees, reflects our focus on serving the community, sharing the town’s history, telling its story, welcoming visitor and helping those most in need in the community.
“While the name of the organization is slightly different, the work we do won’t change. Our primary focus of our work remains operating and supporting the Calico Rock Museum System. The Calico Rock Community Foundation is the parent organization of the Calico Rock Heritage & Visitor Center, Tomlinson Art & Science Center, Brushstrokes Gift Shop, Artisan Gift Shop, and the Printing Press Café. The Foundation is also the sponsoring organization for the ‘Storybook Project’ and the ‘Bridges of Calico Rock,’” according to officials.
“About the only time anyone will notice is difference is if they receive a letter from us,” noted museum trustee Freda Hardison.
In addition to the name change, the foundation recently welcomed its newest trustee. After his swearing-in, Greg Hamby officially joined the board of trustees. Hamby is also the mayor of Calico Rock.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Hamby signed the 2019 contract for services with the foundation.
The Calico Rock Heritage & Visitor Center provides visitor center information, maintains the Explore Calico website, offers online virtual tours and app of locations throughout Calico, publishes the Explore magazine, and works with local businesses in town.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Lacy, 34, spent most of her life in the hills of Lawrence County. Today, she lives in Cave City, the home of “World’s Sweetest Watermelons,” in what’s known as the Prince Matlock house. Its former owner helped create what’s known as the Cave Courts where the city’s cave lies above the Crystal River. He fashioned his home out of the same rocks and materials that are found among the cave’s property, and she feels blessed to now be its caretaker for many more years to come.