“Wild History” Theme for Home School Day at Old Independence Regional Museum

Old Independence Regional Museum will host its fall Home School Day on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 9 a.m. to Noon, with sign-in beginning at 8:45 a.m. Registration and program fee are due by September 28, 2018. Early registration fee is only $5.00 before September 21, after which the fee is $7.00. The final deadline to register is September 28, and registration is limited to 50 students.

Students will go off the beaten path into “Wild History,” exploring the balance between man and wildlife in the settling of Independence County. The sessions, each focusing on a new “E” word, will include lessons about white-tailed deer endemic to Arkansas, endangered bats, the successful reintroduction of extirpated black bears, and extinct passenger pigeons and Carolina parakeets. Each participant will craft a bear claw necklace and a bat that sleeps, flies, and eats. “Homeschool day is a great opportunity for students to learn about new topics while exploring the museum,” said Humanities Educator Terri Crawford.

The students will be divided into five groups based on age and will rotate through each of the five sessions. This program is appropriate for elementary and middle school students.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, September 28. Registration forms may be obtained at Old Independence Regional Museum, located at 380 South Ninth Street, or by visiting www.oirm.org. For more information, call 870-793-2121.

Old Independence serves 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 1820s Arkansas territory.

This humanities program is made possible by local support from Independence County and the City of Batesville, as well as by Challenge Grant Endowment funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information call 870-793-2121 or visit http://www.oirm.org/


Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.